Adult Education

Adult Education

The Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University is a community resource for education, offering a variety of learning opportunities including lectures, classes, workshops, and tours of our living collections and historical landscape. Join us as we explore the biology and horticulture of woody plants, and delve into topics related to Earth’s biodiversity and evolutionary history, the environment, conservation biology, and key social issues associated with current science.

Featured Programs

Viewing Events from September 19, 2019 to October 19, 2019

Dia-Logs: Encouraging Climate Conversations

Dia-Logs: Encouraging Climate Conversations

Location: Arnold Arboretum, Hunnewell Building Lawn

Have a seat on one of our Dia-Logs and strike up a climate conversation. We’ll provide discussion prompts and facts. You take it from there to share your thoughts and hear others. Are you hopeful or fearful? Paralyzed by negative news or motivated to change how you live? Our Dia-Logs offer an opportunity to connect within our human community in response to our rapidly changing climate.
Dia-Logs will be located on the Hunnewell Building Lawn from September 21 through September 30 and available from dawn to dusk. We'll provide Dia-Logs with discussion prompts for adults and ones appropriate for younger kids.

Tree Spotter Basic Training Fall 2019

Tree Spotters Citizen Science Program: Basic Training

Suzanne Mrozak, Tree Spotter Volunteer Coordinator and Danny Schissler, Project Coordinator, Arnold Arboretum
September 7, 12:00-1:30pm or September 21, 10:30am-12:00pm
Location:  Hunnewell Building

September 7, 12:00-1:30pm or September 21, 10:30am-12:00pm 

With nearly 4,000 different kinds of plants represented in the Arboretum's living collections, every day presents rich opportunities to see something new. If you enjoy learning about plants and their unique characteristics, you can contribute to science as a participant in our Tree Spotters program. This citizen science project opens a window into the Arboretum's phenology: the timing of natural events, such as the leafing out and flowering of trees in the spring and changing foliage colors in the fall. Your observations will assist Arboretum scientists in their studies of the effects of a changing climate on plants

Each new Tree Spotter must first attend one Basic Training class (Module 1), followed by a Beyond the Basics class (Module 2). Please register for both modules if you would like to participate in this program. 

The Basic Training class (Module 1) provides an introduction to citizen science, phenology, and an overview of the Tree Spotters program.

All Tree Spotters events are free, and all levels of experience are welcome. Visit the Tree Spotters web page to learn more about the program and see training session dates for Modules 1 and 2. 


If you have any questions, please email us at TreeSpotters@fas.harvard.edu.

 

Free but registration requested
Register at my.arboretum.harvard.edu or call 617-384-5209.

Tree Spotter Beyond the Basics Training Fall 2019

Tree Spotters Citizen Science Program: Beyond the Basics Training

Suzanne Mrozak, Tree Spotter Volunteer Coordinator, Danny Schissler, Project Coordinator, Arnold Arboretum and Jake Grossman, Putnam Fellow, Arnold Arboretum
September 7, 2:00-4:30pm or September 21, 12:30pm-3:30pm
Location:  Hunnewell Building

September 7, 2:00-4:30pm or September 21, 12:30pm-3:30pm 

With nearly 4,000 different kinds of plants represented in the Arboretum's living collections, every day presents rich opportunities to see something new. If you enjoy learning about plants and their unique characteristics, you can contribute to science as a participant in our Tree Spotters program. This citizen science project opens a window into the Arboretum's phenology: the timing of natural events, such as the leafing out and flowering of trees in the spring and changing foliage colors in the fall. Your observations will assist Arboretum scientists in their studies of the effects of a changing climate on plants

Each new Tree Spotter must first attend one Basic Training class (Module 1), followed by a Beyond the Basics class (Module 2). Please register for both modules if you would like to participate in this program. 

 This Beyond the Basics class covers the phenology of northern red oak, white oak and common witch-hazel, and includes an outdoor component. Participants should be prepared to walk on the grounds for roughly one hour. For concerns about inclement weather, text or call Suzanne Mrozak at 857-321-2825.


All Tree Spotters events are free, and all levels of experience are welcome. Visit the Tree Spotters web page to learn more about the program and see training session dates for Modules 1 and 2. 


If you have any questions, please email us at TreeSpotters@fas.harvard.edu.

 

Free but registration requested
Register at my.arboretum.harvard.edu or call 617-384-5209.

Forest Bathing

Fall Forest Bathing

5 Sundays, September - November, 9:00am-11:00am

September 22, 29, October 20, 27 and November 3
Tam Willey, Certified Forest Therapy Guide

Location: Bussey St. Gate Entrance at map tables

Forest Bathing is inspired by Shinrin-yoku, a prominent feature of preventative medicine and healing in Japan.  From increased cerebral blood flow to stronger immune defenses, there has been extensive research demonstrating what can happen when we relax, unplug and open our senses to the natural world in community.  

This slow-paced guided therapeutic experience promotes wellness through a series of gentle sensory-opening invitations that welcome us to notice more of our natural surroundings.  By deepening our connection with the natural world and each other, we open ourselves up to the healing medicine of the forest.  Forest Bathing is part of a global effort to tend to the stressful conditions of living in modern industrialized civilization.  

Tam is a Certified Forest Therapy Guide, Trainer and Mentor with the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy Guides and Programs. Tam believes the practice of Forest Bathing can deepen and broaden our relationships. Tam’s training includes an understanding of the scientific framework of Forest Therapy as well as the cultural repair that is made possible by holding space for seekers of this medicine to share and bear witness in community as part of the natural world.  Tam created Toadstool Walks as a way to offer support in finding one’s own way towards experiencing belonging to the natural world.

For more information about Tam, check out ToadstoolWalks.com

Fee $25 member, $35 nonmember
Register at my.arboretum.harvard.edu or call 617-384-5209

In case of inclement weather, contact 617.304.9313

Climate Preparedness Week

Climate Preparedness Week

September 24-30

Communities Responding to Extreme Weather (CREW) and the Arnold Arboretum are partnering with community members and organizations across Massachusetts for Climate Preparedness Week. The Arnold Arboretum will host a variety of events, both formal and informal, to encourage thoughtful consideration of the climate crisis and ways that individuals and organizations, such as the Arboretum, can respond and act towards change. IT'S YOUR CLIMATE. Act Towards Change.

Events at the Arnold Arboretum, Hunnewell Building and Lawn


A Global Ecology Journey: Prioritizing Earth-Centered Ethics

FREE LECTURE – Tuesday, September 24, 6:30pm. Please register.

Tree Mob™ From Solar Power to Flower Power

FREE EVENT – Thursday, September 26, 5:45pm

Weld Hill, 1300 Centre Street, Roslindale

Creative Climate Commitment with Susan Israel

WORKSHOP w/ Fee – Saturday, September 28, 9:30am. Please register.

Research in the Collections: A Scientific Exploration of the Arboretum

FREE TOUR – Saturday, September 28, 2:00–3:30pm. Please register.

Exciting Introductions or Stealth Invaders?

FREE TOUR – Sunday, September 29, 11:00am–12:30pm. Please register.

Collections Up Close: Fruits of the Bradley Rosaceous Collection

FREE EVENT – Sunday, September 29, 1:00–3:00pm

Available All Week Long

Dia-Logs: Encouraging Climate Conversations

September 21 through 30Hunnewell Building Lawn

Have a seat on one of our Dia-Logs and strike up a climate conversation. We’ll provide discussion prompts and facts. You take it from there to share your thoughts and hear others. Our Dia-Logs offer an opportunity to connect within our human community in response to our rapidly changing climate.

Climate Commitment Tree

Hunnewell Building Visitor Center

Make a personal commitment towards a climate action by attaching your intent to our Climate Commitment Tree in the Visitor Center.

Exhibition: Fabric, Fiber & Phenology

Hunnewell Building Visitor Center

StoryWalk®

Read and walk as a family in the landscape. September 24-30. Check in at the Visitor Center to learn where the storty walks are located.

  • Spring after Spring: How Rachel Carson Inspired the Environmental Movement
    by Stephanie Roth Sisson
  • Kate, Who Tamed the Wind
    by Liz Garton Scanlon & Lee White

Introduction to Botany

Introduction to Botany

K. N. Gandhi, Botanist, Harvard University Herbaria
8 Sessions: Tuesdays, 8 Sessions: Tuesdays, September 24, October 1, 15, 22, 29, November 5, and 12, 19 6:30–8:30pm
Learn botany from dedicated instructor and plant nomenclature specialist Kanchi Gandhi. Among the topics to be explored: plant cells and tissues, anatomy and morphology, reproduction, nutrition, growth and development, plant diversity, evolution, classification, and nomenclature. This course, offering both lecture and laboratory activities, introduces botany to new students or serves as a refresher course. Required text: Botany for Gardeners by Brian Capon. (Note: Class will not meet on October 8.)
Fee $240 member, $290 nonmember

Register at my.arboretum.harvard.edu or call 617-384-5277.

A Global Ecology Journey

Climate Preparedness Week: September 24-30, 2019

A Global Ecology Journey: Prioritizing Earth-Centered Ethics

Douglas Zook, PhD, Global Ecologist, Science Educator, and Director of the Global Ecology Education Initiative based at UMass/Boston School for the Environment, and current Fulbright Scholar
1 Session: Tuesday, September 24, 6:30–8:00pm
Location: Hunnewell Building

Discovering profound connections of life, rocks, and ecosystems over great distances helps us all to achieve helpful if not essential biosphere (environment) literacy. This discipline of Global Ecology, first hinted by polymath and explorer Alexander von Humboldt 220 years ago, leads us to realize that a sustainable, viable Home for us and all other species can only be restored by living a new ethic that keeps biosphere health foremost in our minds, hearts, and actions. Professor Zook will introduce us to some of the courageous and science-based grassroots peoples in nations around the world who are practicing and even prioritizing an earth-centered ethic. Learn from these inspiring global examples and begin to create and practice your own earth-ethics—a personalized green new deal—as if your children’s and grandchildren’s well-being depends on it (because it does).

Free, registration requested

Register at my.arboretum.harvard.edu or call 617-384-5277.

Tree Mob™!: From Solar Power to Flower Power

Tree Mob™! From Solar Power to Flower Power

Danny Schissler, Project Coordinator, Arnold Arboretum, and Brendan Keegan, Arboretum Gardener II, Arnold Arboretum

Thursday, September 26, 5:45pm
Location: Weld Hill Solar Array, Arnold Arboretum, 1300 Centre Street, Roslindale

With a projected completion date in fall 2019, the Weld Hill Solar Project represents the Arnold Arboretum’s most ambitious sustainability initiative to date. Comprising nearly 1300 solar panels, the system is capable of producing an estimated 566,409 kWh annually (approximately 30% of the Weld Hill Research Building's total energy load). Working in tandem with the panels, a unique battery storage array reduces peak demand charges, adding additional energy savings. Join Danny Schissler to learn about the photovoltaic system and Brendan Keegan to hear about the initial stages of development of a native plant pollinator meadow within the area of the solar panels. Meet at the solar array behind the Weld Hill Building at 1300 Centre Street, Roslindale. Off-street parking is available. Find directions on our website under “Visit.”

Free

Parking: Off-street parking is available in the lined spaces at 1300 Centre Street, Roslindale.

See map of gate locations. See directions.

Free: No registration required

What’s a Tree Mob™?

Tree Mobs are interactions with scientists or other specialists at the Arnold Arboretum, and provide another pathway to enjoy and learn in the landscape. Learn more.

Arboretum for Educators

Arboretum for Educators

Monthly: Select Saturdays, 9:00–11:30am
Location: Hunnewell Building

Arboretum for Educators monthly explorations are a professional development opportunity for elementary and middle school teachers to introduce the Arboretum landscape as an outdoor classroom. Participants learn about specific hands-on life science topics that may be used or adapted by teachers for their own classrooms and outdoor spaces. Meet and network with other like-minded educators, and engage in life science learning.

Free, but registration requested

View a printable 2019-2020 schedule.


Creative Climate Commitment with Susan Israel

Creative Climate Commitment with Susan Israel

Susan Israel, AIA, LEED AP, President and Founder, Climate Creatives
A.B., Harvard College '81; M.A,. Harvard Graduate School of Design '86

1 Session: Saturday, September 28, 9:30am–12:30pm
Location: Hunnewell Building

 

Let’s build a commitment. Can the tools for change be as simple as wire, hammers, and glue? Come find out. What does your creative self-envision for our climate? Responding to the climate change is, of course, not simple, but it does begin with you. Embrace the dual aesthetic of Art and Science, bring your own hopes for resolving the climate crisis to this workshop with Climate Creatives founder Susan Israel. Under the well—honed direction of Israel, you will design with a “village,” build the possible, take away the talisman of your commitment.

Fee members $30, nonmembers $40, students $20

Register at my.arboretum.harvard.edu or call 617-384-5277.

Art Workshop: Revealing the Wild Print

Art Workshop: Revealing the Wild Print

Steffanie Schwam, Artist
1 Session: Saturday, September 28, 1:00–3:00pm
Join the Arboretum's exhibiting artist, Steffanie Schwam, in this hands-on workshop. Create a print to include in a small book. You will make your own unique monoprint on paper or fabric, using leaves from the Arboretum's collections, paint, printmaking tools, recycled materials, and the inspiration of the surrounding landscape. Bring your creativity, we'll supply the rest.
Appropriate for ages 8 and above. An adult must accompany anyone between 8 and 12.
This workshop will take place on the Hunnewell lawn if the weather is appropriate, in the Hunnewell lecture hall if weather is inclement.


Fee $15 member, $25 nonmember

Register at my.arboretum.harvard.edu or call 617-384-5277.

Active Aging Week Oct 1-7

Active Aging Week: Oct 1-7

The Arnold Arboretum is participating in Active Aging Week. Try something new, take a class, join us for a stroll.
Get active. Stay healthy.

All events are free. Some require registration. Click on the program links below for details.


Active Aging Week: Try Thai Chi

Master Yon G. Lee, Harvard's chief instructor of kung fu and tai chi

Tuesday, October 1, 10:00am-11:00am

Saturday, October 5, 1:30-2:30pm

[Arnold Arboretum, Hunnewell Building Lawn]
Free registration. In case of inclement weather, contact 617.384.5209.

Active Aging Week: Walk for Fitness

Michele Audet, Arboretum Docent

Wednesday, October 2; 10:00am-11:30am

[Arnold Arboretum, Hunnewell Building]

Free, no registration required. In case of inclement weather, contact 617.384.5209.


Active Aging Week: Yoga for Healthy Aging

Erika Fritz, Yoga Instructor

Thursday, October 3, 2:00–3:00pm [Arnold Arboretum, Hunnewell Building Lawn]

Free, registration is limited and required. In the case of inclement weather, the session will move indoors (Hunnewell Building Lecture Hall).

Active Aging Week: Stroll Through Time

Arboretum Docents

Monday, October 7; 2:00pm-4:00pm Location: Hunnewell Building
Free, no registration required. In case of inclement weather, contact 617.384.5209.

About Active Aging Week

Initiated in 2003 by the International Council on Active Aging®, the weeklong campaign calls attention to and wholeheartedly celebrates the positivity of aging today. It showcases the capabilities of older adults as fully participating members of society and spotlights the role models that lead the way.

Active Aging Week challenges society’s diminished expectations of aging by showing that, regardless of age or health conditions, adults over 50 can live as fully as possible in all areas of life—physical, social, spiritual, emotional, intellectual, vocational and environmental. The objective of the annual health-promotion event is to give as many older adults as possible the means to experience wellness activities and exercise in a safe, supportive environment. It also promotes the benefits of healthier, more active lifestyles across the life span.


Register at my.arboretum.harvard.edu or call 617-384-5277.

Active Aging - Try Tai Chi

Active Aging Week

Try Tai Chi

Master Yon G. Lee, Harvard's chief instructor of kung fu and tai chi

Tuesday, October 1, 10:00am-11:00am

Saturday, October 5, 1:30-2:30pm
Location: Hunnewell Building Lawn

Join Harvard’s Master Yon Lee and learn about the practice of tai chi, an ancient Chinese tradition, often described as meditation in motion. Tai chi has the potential to prevent and remedy many health conditions that are associated with aging. Move through a series of gentle, fluid movements with Master Yon Lee during an hour-long session outdoors in the peaceful surroundings of the Arnold Arboretum. Beginners welcome.

Free, registration required

In case of inclement weather, contact 617.384.5209.

Seed Collection: Processing the Bounty

Seed Collection: Processing the Bounty

1 Session: Wednesday, October 2, 2:00–3:00pm
Location: Dana Greenhouse

When our staff returns from seed collecting in the wild, there is little time for rest. Arboretum staff Andrew Gapinski, Sean Halloran, and Jared Rubinstein will travel for three weeks this September in Appalachia in search of seed from taxa targeted as part of the Campaign for the Living Collections. As the explorers return to the Arboretum with the fruits of their labor, the real work begins—from preparing seeds for their unique propagation treatments to assessing field notes, and mounting herbarium sheets. Join Tiffany Enzenbacher, Manager of Plant Production, and expedition participants at the Dana Greenhouses for a closer look at the collections made along their journey and an explanation of the processes currently underway to preserve, propagate, and share the harvest.

Fee Free member, $5 nonmember


Register at my.arboretum.harvard.edu or call 617-384-5277.

Active Aging - Yoga

Active Aging Week

Yoga for Healthy Aging

Thursday, October 3, 2:00–3:00pm
Location: Hunnewell Building Lawn
Erika Fritz, Yoga Instructor
Improve your health and well-being with yoga. We will practice poses and breathing techniques in the tranquil setting of the Arnold Arboretum. All ability levels welcome. Chairs will be available, if needed, to aid in a more gentle form of yoga. 

In the case of inclement weather, the session will move indoors (Hunnewell Building Lecture Hall).
Free, registration is limited and required at my.arboretum.harvard.edu

Plants Go to War: A Botanical History of World War II

Plants Go to War: A Botanical History of World War II

Judith Sumner, PhD, Author and Botanist
1 Session: Thursday, October 10, 6:30–8:00pm [HB]
Location: Hunnewell Building

As the first botanical history of World War II, Plants Go to War examines military history from the perspective of plant science. From victory gardens to drugs, timber, rubber, and fibers, plants supplied materials with key roles in victory. Author and botanist Judith Sumner will speak of the many plants that were incorporated into wartime safety materials, diet and rations, and even bombers.

Fee Free, but registration requested

Register at my.arboretum.harvard.edu or call 617-384-5277.

Smartphone Photography: Capturing the Colors of Autumn

Smartphone Photography: Capturing the Colors of Autumn

Nancy Katz, Professional Photographer
3 Wednesdays: October 16, 23, 30 1:30–3:30pm
Location: Hunnewell Building and Landscape

Capture the drama of fall, when landscapes present a vivid array of colors and the palette is most striking. Professional photographer Nancy Katz will introduce fundamental concepts of landscape photography and then teach techniques for getting the best photographs from your smartphone camera. You will capture images in dynamic color and muted shades, then learn to enhance them using a host of editing tools provided in the Snapseed App. For best results, bring your smartphone and a commitment to completing the weekly homework assignments. Class will take place indoors and out.  

Fee member $65, nonmember $78

Photo by Nancy Katz, enhanced using Snapseed

Note: Nancy Katz was selected by the Apple Store of Boston as a guest artist in March 2017 for her photography work with the iPhone and has taught her techniques there, at Brandeis University's Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, and for the Department of Preservation Services, Harvard Library (Fall 2019).



Register at my.arboretum.harvard.edu or call 617-384-5277.