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Viewing Events from July 21, 2019 to August 20, 2019

Morning Yoga at the Arboretum

Morning Yoga at the Arboretum

4 Sessions: Sun July 14, 21, 28 and August 4 10:00am–11:30am
Location: Hunnewell Building Lawn

Yoga will run as usual on July 21. It may take place outdoors or it may be moved indoors to the Hunnewell Lecture Hall.



Improve your health and well-being with yoga. We will practice poses, breathing and meditation in the tranquil setting of the Arnold Arboretum.

This event is cosponsored by the Emerald Necklace Conservancy. Visit the Emerald Necklace Conservancy website to learn more about the Summer on the Emerald Necklace series of events.

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.
Family Hike: Pollinators

Family Hike: Pollinators

Nancy Sableski, Manager of Children's Education
Sunday, July 21, 2:00-3:30pm
Location: Hunnewell Building

Canceled due to heat wave.



Families need nature at all times of the year! Meet inside the main gate at the Visitor Center. We’ll seek out the wonderful insects that visit flowers for pollen and nectar. Go on a StoryWalk, get a tattoo, and look at bumblebees and honeybees in a bug box! Free and open to all, most suitable for children ages four through ten.

In case of inclement weather, contact 617.384.5209.

Gardening for Butterflies and Moths

Gardening for Butterflies and Moths

Colin McCallum-Cook, Horticultural Technologist
NOTE NEW DATE: Wednesday, July 24, 5:30–7:30pm
Location: Hunnewell Building

Learn how to attract butterflies and moths to your garden and cater to their unique lifecycle requirements in this program focused exclusively on lepidopteran-friendly gardening techniques. Lepidopteran conservation in New England is more important than ever, as many formerly common species are now threatened with extirpation. Colin McCallum-Cook will also show you how to use citizen science applications to monitor species in your garden and contribute valuable data to the cause of lepidopteran conservation.
Fee $25 member, $32 nonmember

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

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.
Reception: Between the Leaves, The Unique Prints of Sarah Cross

Between the Leaves

The Unique Prints of Sarah Cross

July 26 – October 13, 2019

Opening Reception, Saturday, July 27, 1:00-3:00pm

Cyanotype Workshop: Sunday, July 28, 10:00am-Noon, registration required

Location: Hunnewell Building

Between the Leaves focuses on the ephemeral quality of light.  Behind each photograph is Cross's hand in the physical construction of what is set up in front of the camera, or through a cathartic printing process. The artist works with a range of photographic media, including 4" x 5" color negatives, and gum bichromate printing to create photographs. After a strong degree of photoshop manipulation, the prints are made through the historic gum bichromate process. With this lengthy process, each color is printed as a single layer, resulting in fragile, painterly, and unique prints. Although large in physical presence, these prints are meant to express small invitations to reverie. 
Sarah Cross is an Assistant Professor and Program Director of Photography at Cazenovia College in New York. She taught as a Visiting Assistant Professor in Photography & New Media at Beloit College in Wisconsin from 2009 to 2013. Her work has been shown nationally in group and solo  exhibitions.

Free, public invited 

Art Workshop: Cyanotype Workshop

Art Workshop: Cyanotype Printing for Families

Sarah Cross, Artist and Art Instructor
1 Session: Saturday, July 28 10:00am–12:00pm

Sarah Cross, the Arnold Arboretum's exhibiting artist of Between the Leaves, will hold a cyanotype printing workshop for families. Join Sarah to make beautiful blue prints of leaves and blooms found at the Arboretum, while you learn about this alternative printing technique. After making your own unique cyanotype photogram, you will be able to take it home. All materials will be provided. This free drop in is appropriate for ages 7 and up.

For more information, call 617-384-5251.

Catch Some Rays! - Solar Energy

Catch Some Rays! - Solar Energy

Arnold Arboretum Staff and Volunteers
2:00pm-4:00pm 
Sunday, July 28 2019
Location: Hunnewell Lawn 

This is part of the new Science in Our Park Series. Come to the Arnold Arboretum and be a scientist! Get your hands onto scientific tools, use your observation skills and share your findings with others.

Catch Some Rays will let you harness the power of the sun. Help to create solar ovens, test the ability of various garden bed coverings to keep roots cool, and plant a sunflower seed that will follow the sun. 

One adult may bring a maximum of three children; suitable for children ages five and up. This is a drop in activity. The event will be taking place on the Hunnewell Lawn inside the main entrance to the Arnold Arboretum.

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.
Information session for potential Field Study volunteers

Information session for potential Field Study volunteers

Two Sessions (pick one):
Wednesday July 17, 2019, 10-11am
Wednesday August 7, 2019, 10-11am
Location:  Hunnewell Building - Visitor Center

Come to an Information Session and learn about volunteering as a field study guide leading science programs for Boston Public School students.

Please call 617.384.5239 for additional information

Free, no registration required

Exhibition: Art & Science: Fabric, Fiber & Phenology

Art & Science

Fabric, Fiber & Phenology

The Art Prints of Steffanie Schwam &

The Arnold Arboretum Tree Spotters Program

August 9 – October 6, 2019

Opening Reception, Saturday, August 10, 1:00-3:00pm

Workshop with the Artist, Saturday, September 28, 1:00-3:00pm

Location: Hunnewell Building

Steffanie Schwam brings her enhanced botanical prints on fabric and fiber to the Hunnewelll Visitor Center for a special show. Using the Arboretum as both a source and inspiration for her art, she selects plants that will print on paper or fabric that is fused to watercolor paper. Supports are pre-soaked in a binding solution, then removed to form a base for building bundled layers. Leaves and flowers are dipped in a ferrous sulfate solution and layered under other materials. Schwam compresses and steams the bundles to produce prints.
Schwam's work has been included in group exhibitions in Houston, and San Antonio, Texas, and Lowell, Truro, and Worcester, Massachusetts. Her fiber art is in private collections, and she is an active member of the Surface Design Association.
Included in conjunction with Schwam's exhibition, is an informative narrative on The Tree Spotters program at the Arnold Arboretum. Schwam is herself one of the Tree Spotter volunteers. She incorporated leaves from trees used in the program into her art, and is active in this important and successful, citizen science initiative.

Free, public invited 

Summer Teacher Institute

Summer Teacher Institute

Investigating Ecosystems Through Fieldwork

Monday through Friday, August 12-16, 2019, 8:30am-2:30pm

Participants will learn and practice fieldwork techniques in order to study of two ecosystems, an urban forest and a meadow. During the institute, teachers will sample the biodiversity of each area, gather abiotic data, examine the interrelationship between organisms, and learn more about decomposition, soil and nutrient cycling. Guest speakers will share their expertise in data gathering, fieldwork, botany, and ecosystems. Participants will spend about half their time outdoors working in teams, with indoor time spent in analysis, reflection and sharing of best practices.



Free with required refundable deposit of $50

Register to confirm and secure your spot.

Deposits will be refunded for those who attend all sessions. No refunds will be made to those who do not attend or complete the program.

Family Hike: The Forest is Calling

Family Hike: The Forest is Calling

Nancy Sableski, Manager of Children's Education
Sunday, August 18, 2:00-3:30pm
Location: Hunnewell Building

Families need nature at all times of the year! Meet inside the main gate at the Visitor Center. We’ll visit a nearby forest inside the Arboretum and learn what plants and animals live there. Play with forest puppets, get a tattoo, and read a StoryWalk ®. Free and open to all, most suitable for children ages four through ten.



In case of inclement weather, contact 617.384.5209.