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Viewing Events from November 12, 2018 to December 12, 2018

What Nature Sounds Are Music?

What Nature Sounds Are Music?

David Rothenberg, Professor of Philosophy and Music, New Jersey Institute of Technology
1 Session: Saturday, November 17, 2:00–3:30pm
Location: Hunnewell Building

Bird song, whale song, bug song? Are these sounds really music? What of the whistle of the wind? David Rothenberg, author of three books, Why Birds Sing, Bug Music, and Survival of the Beautiful, will do his best to answer these questions and fuel further thinking about noise, communication, and song in nature. A composer and jazz clarinetist, David Rothenberg has written and performed on the relationship between humanity and nature for many years, and improvised with whales, cicadas, and other creatures.

Fee $10 member, $15 nonmember

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

Guided Tour: Fall Into Health

Fall Into Health

Rhoda Kubrick, Arboretum docent
Two Sundays: October 21 and November 18, 10:30am-Noon 
Location: Hunnewell Building

Join in for a refreshing autumn ramble through the Arboretum's fabulous collections! With your guide, you will explore the less-traveled paths of the Arboretum on a brisk walk. Catch your breath, then pause and hear about interesting plants along the way. Sign up for one or both! Please dress appropriately and bring water.

In case of inclement weather, contact 617.384.5209.

Free, Registration requested at www.my.arboretum.harvard.edu

Family Hike - Fairy House Construction

Family Hike - What is Beautiful to You? Fairy House Construction

Arboretum staff

2:00pm-3:30pm 
Sunday, November 18, 2018

Location: Hunnewell Building

Join an Arboretum staff member to discover the Arboretum on guided hikes for families.

Come find new discoveries among the November trees at the Arboretum. What do you think is beautiful? What would you use to make your own fairy house? Let's make your own beautiful house.

One adult may bring a maximum of three children; suitable for children ages five through twelve. Meet in the Hunnewell Visitor Center. Free, drop in, no registration required.

In case of inclement weather, contact 617.384.5209.

Growing Woody Plants from Hardwood Cuttings

Growing Woody Plants from Hardwood Cuttings

Tiffany Enzenbacher, Manager of Plant Production, Arnold Arboretum
1 Session: Saturday, December 1, 9:00am–12:30pm
Location: Dana Greenhouse Classroom, 1050 Centre Street, Jamaica Plain

Join Manager of Plant Production Tiffany Enzenbacher to learn how to propagate woody plants from fall cuttings. Students will collect and stick cuttings of several taxa (Ilex and Pieris to name a few), and will take their propagules home. After rooting, small plants may be ready to transplant as early as next year. Post-class nurturing will be required. Fee for all materials is included in the cost of the class. Students should bring their own pruners to class and dress for the weather. Limited to 10; register early.
Fee $65 member, $80 nonmember

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

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 2018-2019 schedule.


The Ethics of Species Conservation

The Ethics of Species Conservation

Ronald Sandler, PhD, Chair and Professor of Philosophy; Director, Ethics Institute, Northeastern University
1 Session: Tuesday, December 4, 7:00–8:15pm
Location: Hunnewell Building

Rapid ecological change, and climate change in particular, poses challenges to traditional conservation paradigms and strategies. It has also led some conservationists to endorse novel conservation techniques, such as assisted colonization, gene drives and even de-extinction. This talk will explore the values and philosophies that underlie species conservation under conditions of rapid change. It will ask us to think about what is valuable about species and why we ought to try to conserve them.

Fee Free member, $10 nonmember

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

Ronald Sandler is the author of the following books: Environmental Ethics (2017, Oxford University Press), Food Ethics (2014, Routledge), The Ethics of Species (2012, Cambridge University Press), Ethics and Emerging Technologies (2013, Palgrave Macmillan), and Character and Environment (2007, Columbia University Press).

Introductory Tree and Shrub Pruning

Measure Twice, Cut Once: Introductory Tree and Shrub Pruning

Andrew Gapinski, Head of Horticulture, Arnold Arboretum
1 Session: Saturday, December 8, 9:30am–Noon
Location: Hunnewell Building and Landscape

Put down the hedge shears! Through both classroom instruction and hands-on field training, this class will include what’s, whys, and how’s of proper pruning approaches and techniques. Andrew Gapinski will focus on small ornamental trees, young shade trees, and shrubs with general approaches towards maintaining a plant’s natural form and encouraging health and vigor. Note: Pruning for fruit production will not be covered in this offering. Dress for indoor and outdoor learning.

Fee $32 member, $42 nonmember

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

Guided Tour: Winter Wellness Walk

Winter Wellness Walk

Arboretum docent
Four Sundays: Dec 9, Jan 13, Feb 10, Mar 10, 1:00pm-1:45pm
Location: Hunnewell Building

Take a healthy walk through the cool landscape of the Arboretum. You will enjoy the pared down beauty of our woody plant collection and hear about the Arboretum's history and highlights. After the walk, warm up in the Visitor Center with hot chocolate or tea, and talk more with your docent guide and Arboretum staff members.

In case of inclement weather, contact 617.384.5209.

Free, Registration requested at www.my.arboretum.harvard.edu