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Viewing Events from September 16, 2019 to October 16, 2019

Guided Weekday Tour

Weekday Guided Tours: September, and October

Arboretum Docents
Mondays and Thursdays, 10:30am-noon

No tours Monday, September 2 and Monday, October 14
Location: Hunnewell Building

Weekday guided tours are Mondays and Thursdays in September and October. Join one of our docents for a weekday tour from 10:30am to noon. Meet at the Hunnewell Building and enjoy a walk, learning about the highlights of Arboretum history, the collections, and seasonal interest.

In case of inclement weather, contact 617.384.5209.
These walks are free, no need to register.
Weld Hill: Research on View

Weld Hill: Research on View

Faye Rosin, Director of Research Facilitation
Monday, September 16, 2:30-3:30pm
Location: Weld Hill
 
Take a guided tour of the state-of-the-art Weld Hill Research and Administration Building. Learn about some of the cutting edge plant research and explore the “green” building design.


Free, registration is limited and requested at my.arboretum.harvard.edu
Tour: Autumn Birding

Fall Birding

Bob Mayer, Arboretum Docent and Brendan Keegan, Arboretum Gardener
Mayer: 2 Saturdays, Sept 14 (meet at Arborway Gate), Sept 28 (meet at Peters Hill Gate) 8:00am-9:30am
Keegan: 2 Saturdays, Sept 21 (Arborway Gate), Oct 5 (Bussey Street Gate) 8:00-9:30am
This autumn, experience the birds of the Arboretum with expert birder and Arboretum volunteer, Bob Mayer and/or staff birding aficionado, Brendan Keegan. Catch a glimpse of migrating birds as they fly south and get acquainted with our resident birds as well. Bring binoculars if you have them; some binoculars will be available to share. Beginners and seasoned birders are welcome. In case of inclement weather, contact 617.384.5209.

In case of inclement weather, contact 617.384.5209 the day before.

Free, registration requested.
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.

Guided Saturday Tour

Saturday Guided Tours

Arboretum Docents
10:30am-Noon; 1:00-2:30pm tours on select May Saturdays, see our calendar
Location: Hunnewell Building unless otherwise specified

Enjoy a free guided tour of the Arnold Arboretum landscape with a knowledgeable docent. Tours are appropriate for adults and last approximately 90 minutes. Landscape highlights, seasonal interest, history, and more. If you have a group of four or fewer persons, you are welcome to join. For a group of more than four, please request a private tour.

In case of inclement weather, contact 617.384.5209. 

These walks are free, no need to register.
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

Morning Yoga at the Arboretum

Morning Yoga at the Arboretum

4 Sunday Sessions: September 15, 22, 29 and October 6 10:00am–11:00am
Location: Hunnewell Building Lawn
Deb Rockwell, Yoga Instructor
Improve your health and well-being with yoga. We will practice poses, breathing and meditation in the tranquil setting of the Arnold Arboretum.

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

Guided Sunday Tour

Sunday Guided Tours

Arboretum Docents
1:00pm-2:30pm; Tours on Lilac Sunday: 11am-2:45pm; additional 10:30am-noon tours in May, see our calendar
Location: Hunnewell Building unless otherwise specified

Enjoy a free guided tour of the Arnold Arboretum landscape with a knowledgeable docent. Tours are appropriate for adults and last approximately 90 minutes. Landscape highlights, seasonal interest, history, and more. If you have a group of four or fewer persons, you are welcome to join. For a group of more than four, please request a private tour.

In case of inclement weather, contact 617.384.5209. 

These walks are free, no need to register.
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.

Backyard Botanists

Backyard Botanists: The Legacy of Amateur Plant Collectors at the Arnold Arboretum

Thursday, September 26, 3:00-5:00 p.m.

Location: Weld Hill

From the beginning of its history, the Arnold Arboretum has developed its world-class living collection of plants by sending explorers into the field to collect. While some of these individuals and the histories of their expeditions are well known to us—from Ernest Henry Wilson at the turn of the 20th Century to Michael Dosmann at the turn of the 21st—some were avocational  plantspeople and backyard naturalists who enjoyed botanizing and sharing their discoveries with the Arboretum. Join us at the Weld Hill Research and Education Building at the Arboretum for tea and a talk by Associate Editor of Arnoldia Jonathan Damery about a teacher, a doctor, a telegraph operator, and others who contributed their own curiosity and love for plants to help the Arboretum in its mission to amass a synoptic collection of the world’s temperate trees. Talk will be followed by a brief presentation on charitable planning techniques by guest speaker Tanya Rotolo, Assistant Director of University Planned Giving at Harvard University.

Please email jon_hetman@harvard.edu or call 617.384.5763 to reserve space for this free event.

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

What will motivate you to do more about the climate crisis? Perhaps something fun and visible? What is preventing you from acting? Maybe fear, and lack of belief that your actions matter? Susan Israel founded Climate Creatives to use art and design that engages people in change because data alone doesn’t do it: behavioral change begins with an emotional commitment. In this workshop, participants will work in groups to creatively respond to climate change with discussion and prompting from Susan Israel, architect, artist, climate communicator, and social entrepreneur. Their efforts will result in a collaborative commitment to change, a talisman of sorts, represented in three dimensions.

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.

Guided Tour: Research in the Collections

Research in the Collections: A Scientific Exploration of the Arnold Arboretum

Esther Miller, Arboretum Docent
Saturday, September 28; 2:00-3:30pm
Location: Hunnewell Building

The Arnold Arboretum provides both our extensively documented collections for research, and the facilities for the researchers--labs, greenhouses, growing chambers. From around the world, scientists come to use the trees and shrubs in the Arboretum landscape, studying climate change, plant evolution, natural selection, and species adaptation. Join docent, Esther Miller to hear about the science of the Arboretum.  In case of inclement weather, contact 617.384.5209.

Free, registration requested.
Guided tour-Exciting Introductions or Stealth Invaders?

Exciting Introductions or Stealth Invaders?

Marty Amdur, Arboretum Docent
Sunday, September 29,11:00am-12:30pm
Location: Hunnewell Building

Invasive plants are a real concern in our parks, gardens, and other public places. Many were intentionally introduced because of their horticultural value. How do we define invasive, and how did these plants get into our landscape? See examples in the Arboretum landscape and gain a better understanding of this issue.

Free, registration requested.

In case of inclement weather, contact 617.384.5209.
Collections Up Close - Fruits of the Bradley Rosaceous Collection

Collections Up Close - Fruits of the Bradley Rosaceous Collection

Arnold Arboretum Staff and Volunteers
1:00pm-3:00pm 
Sunday, September 29 2019
Location: Bradley Rosaceous Collection 

Join us for tours, family activities, and festivities inviting you to discover the diversity of the rose family (Rosaceae) which includes more than four thousand species. Many of the rose family taxa are of great importance to humans and the agricultural economy, and are vulnerable to extreme weather that is becoming the new norm. Come learn more about the many fruits of the rose family, a welcome buffet for our local wildlife.

Tour:

2:00pm Edible Arrangements with Scott Philips, Arboretum Horticultural Technologist

Family Activity:

The next installment of Science in Our Park - practice Rachel Carson-inspired observation skills.

This is a drop in activity. The event will be taking place in the Bradley Rosaceous Collection. Street parking is available on Arborway Road.

In case of inclement weather, contact 617.384.5209.

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.

Greenhouses' tour: From Seed to Tree

From Seed to Tree

Dana Greenhouses' Staff
First Tuesday of the month, May through October, 1:00pm-1:45pm.

Did you know that almost all of the plants in the Arboretum begin their lives in the Dana Greenhouses? Get a behind-the-scenes look of the greenhouse growing process, from seed to sprout to seedling to tree. Meet at the Bonsai and Penjing Collection above the Leventritt Shrub & Vine Garden. There is a 15 person maximum. Free, registration requested and limited
Register online at my.arboretum.harvard.edu or call 617-384-5209.
Tour: Active Aging: Walk for Fitness

Active Aging Week: Walk for Fitness

Michele Audet, Arboretum Docent

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

Get out your walking shoes and join our docent for a walk through the Arboretum landscape. Our Walk for Fitness will be a healthy outing, great for keeping you active in body and mind. The tour will be brim full of interesting information about the Arboretum, its history, unique collections, and seasonal interest. In case of inclement weather, contact 617.384.5209.

Free, registration requested.
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

Tour: Edibles in the Landscape

Edibles in the Landscape

Rachel Brinkman, Assistant Manager of Horticulture

Saturday, October 5; 1:00-2:30pm
Location: Hunnewell Building

Shoots, roots, and fruits! In the fall there can be a plethora of interesting flavors out in the landscape. During this tour, we will explore some of the woody and herbaceous plants here at the Arboretum that have edible qualities. There may even be an invasive weed recipe or two for the cookbook. Please note that this walk covers possibly edible plants. We may even taste a few, but we do not encourage people to go out and harvest plant material from the Arboretum landscape.
In case of inclement weather, contact 617.384.5209.

Free, registration requested.
Tour: Active Aging: Stroll Through Time

Active Aging Week:Stroll Through Time

Arboretum Docents

Monday, October 7; 2:00pm-4:00pm
Location: Hunnewell Building

This "Stroll" takes you for a simple and easy route through the Arboretum's collections. At pre-determined stops, pause and hear about some of very special plants with one of our wonderful docents. They will impart interesting stories about historic, horticultural, and cultural aspects of the plant's life. Maps with the Plant Stops will be provided. You can "stroll" at your own pace. In case of inclement weather, contact 617.384.5209.

Free, no registration required.
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.

Tour: A Peters Hill Ramble

A Peters Hill Ramble

Michael Dosmann, Keeper of the Living Collections

Tuesday, October 15; 4:30-6:00pm
Location: Peters Hill Gate

How well do you know the Arboretum's collections on Peters Hill? If you would like a refresher, or an introduction, join Keeper of the Living Collections, Michael Dosmann, on a fall saunter. He will highlight plants with compelling stories. Meet at the summit of Peters Hill and plan for 90 minutes on, and off, the beaten path.  To reach the summit, enter the Peters Hill Gate and walk up to where the paved road goes left and right. Take the right side up the hill. You will come to another paved road leading to the summit near the top of the road. In case of inclement weather, contact 617.384.5209.

Free, registration requested.