The Arnold Arboretum invites visitors to explore where their curiosity leads, but some friendly guidance can come in handy in a 281-acre urban landscape. This summer, the Arboretum kicks off the Arboretum Ambassador program—a new facet of public outreach and engagement—that will serve as a resource to the more than 250,000 people who visit each year. Starting July 10, the program will provide an Ambassador present in the landscape seven days a week, offering friendly assistance to visitors. In addition to helping with navigation and wayfinding, Ambassadors will also assist with medical emergencies, deterring abuses of the Living Collections, maintaining public awareness of park rules, and answering general questions about the Arboretum. They will work closely with the Boston Police Department, the Park Rangers, Animal Control, and the Harvard University Police Department to report any incidents in the landscape, as well as collaborate with Arboretum Public Engagement staff to be able to provide visitors with helpful information about the landscape, the Living Collections, and programs and events at the Arboretum. On your next visit, keep an eye out for Arboretum Ambassadors!
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