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Giving Voice to Nature: Powers, Kimmerer, Friedman

2019 Directors Lecture Series

Giving Voice to Nature: with Richard Powers, Robin Wall Kimmerer, and William (Ned) Friedman

1 Session: Monday, March 25, 7:00–8:15pm
Location: Weld Hill Building

Sold Out. Register for Simulcast

Richard Powers, Robin Wall Kimmerer, and Arnold Arboretum Director William “Ned” Friedman will join voices in this guided conversation about trees. Melding readings with discussion; drawing on mystery, lore, and science; they will convey the challenges and rewards of trying to represent non-humans—speaking both for and as the trees. Register early for this animated and enriching convergence of arboreal thinkers.

Free, member-only event. Registration required

Register online or call 617-384-5277.

The live event is filled to capacity. Register for the simulcast viewing in a second Arboretum location.

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Richard Powers is the author of twelve novels, most recently The Overstory. He is the recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship and the National Book Award, and he has been a Pulitzer Prize and four-time National Book Critics Circle Award finalist. He lives in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. The Overstory has been a New York Times Bestseller; shortlisted for the 2018 Man Booker Prize; a New York Times Notable; Washington Post, Time, Oprah Magazine, Newsweek, Chicago Tribune, and Kirkus Reviews Best Book of 2018.



Robin Wall Kimmerer is a mother, scientist, decorated professor, and enrolled member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation. She is the author of Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teaching of Plants, which has earned Kimmerer wide acclaim. Her first book, Gathering Moss: A Natural and Cultural History of Mosses, was awarded the John Burroughs Medal for outstanding nature writing. In 2015 she addressed the general assembly of the United Nations on the topic of “Healing Our Relationship with Nature.” Kimmerer is a SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor of Environmental Biology, and the founder and director of the Center for Native Peoples and the Environment.



Simulcast: Giving Voice to Nature: Powers, Kimmerer

2019 Directors Lecture Series

Simulcast: Giving Voice to Nature: with Richard Powers, Robin Wall Kimmerer, and William (Ned) Friedman

1 Session: Monday, March 25, 7:00–8:15pm
Location: Hunnewell Building

SIMULCAST VIEWING: Richard Powers, Robin Wall Kimmerer, and Arnold Arboretum Director William “Ned” Friedman will join voices in this guided conversation about trees. Melding readings with discussion; drawing on mystery, lore, and science; they will convey the challenges and rewards of trying to represent non-humans—speaking both for and as the trees. Register early for this animated and enriching convergence of arboreal thinkers.

Post-simulcast discussion will be led by Michael Dosmann, Keeper of the Living Collections, Arnold Arboretum and Jonathan Damery, Associate Editor of Arnoldia, Arnold Arboretum

Free, member-only event. Registration required

Register online or call 617-384-5277.

The live event at our Weld Hill location is filled to capacity. You are registering for a SIMULCAST that will be viewed at the Arboretum's Hunnewell Building at 125 Arborway, Jamaica Plain.

Become a member.

Richard Powers is the author of twelve novels, most recently The Overstory. He is the recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship and the National Book Award, and he has been a Pulitzer Prize and four-time National Book Critics Circle Award finalist.

Robin Wall Kimmerer is a mother, scientist, decorated professor, and enrolled member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation. She is the author of Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teaching of Plants, which has earned Kimmerer wide acclaim, and Gathering Moss: A Natural and Cultural History of Mosses, which was awarded the John Burroughs Medal for outstanding nature writing.



Photographing the Landscape

Photographing the Landscape

Robin Radin, MFA, Photographer
8 Thursdays: March 28, April 4, 11, 18, 25, May 2, 9, 16, 6:30–8:30pm
Location: Hunnewell Building, Arnold Arboretum
Demand more from your landscape photographs than just a depiction of a beautiful sunset or seascape. Broaden your photographic vision and push your landscape photographs to be more creative and dynamic. Capture the landscape (both rural and urban) with new and refreshing perspectives by means of weekly class assignments. You will also view the work of some contemporary landscape photographers and discuss what makes them great. Bring your camera (any kind) to class and prepare to bring in 4" x 6" prints each week.
Fee $210

Offered with Eliot School of Fine & Applied Arts

Register at my.arboretum.harvard.edu or call 617-384-5277.
The American Chestnut: When Will It Flourish Again?

The American Chestnut: When Will It Flourish Again?

Presented by the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University

1 Session: Saturday, March 30, 9:00am–12:30pm


The American chestnut could be the first tree ever restored to its native forest after suffering from a devastating airborne blight in the early 1900s that killed billions of trees.


Join us for a thought-provoking gathering as experts share perspectives on the history of American chestnut (Castanea dentata), its significance as a forest species, and subsequent decimation by an invasive blight pathogen, Cryphonectria parasitica. Ongoing research in blight tolerance and the addition of blight-tolerant genes are the prognosis for this tree’s future.

Special speakers include:

• Dr. David Foster, Director of the Harvard Forest

• Ms. Sara Fitzsimmons, Director of Restoration at The American Chestnut Foundation

• Dr. William Powell, Professor and Director of Council on Biotechnology and Forestry at State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry

• Dr. Jared Westbrook, Director of Science at The American Chestnut Foundation

A panel discussion will follow the lectures:

Introduction by Ms. Lisa Thomson, President and CEO of The American Chestnut Foundation

Fee Free, but registration requested

Generously sponsored by New England chapter members of The American Chestnut Foundation

Event takes place at the Arnold Arboretum's WELD HILL RESEARCH BUILDING, 1300 Centre Street, Roslindale, MA

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


Artist's Talk: Photographer Chris Morgan

Artist's Talk-Transitions: Winter Into Spring

Photographer, Chris Morgan

Exhibition:

February 8 – May 5, 2019

Artist's Talk, Sunday, March 31, 11:00am-Noon

Location: Hunnewell Building

Join The Arboretum's current exhibiting photographer, Chris Morgan, for an informative discussion on his photographic techniques, editing, work, and influences.
Chris Morgan's goal as a photographer is to evoke the emotions he feels when he views patterns and textures in nature, in the shapes of trees, and in the movements of birds. He brings details to life. The Arboretum, with its rich collections of flora and fauna, has been a major interest of his for over fifteen years, especially during blizzards, when dramatic photo opportunities appear. Digital photography, which offers a happy marriage of the arts and the sciences, lets him explore larger-format photography in creative ways through digital panorama techniques.
Morgan has photographed on five continents for over forty years; however, he is currently to be found, year-round, photographing in the Arboretum.
In addition to his photographic work, Morgan appraises rare, early computers, is a computer consultant, an author, puzzle designer, musician, and magician. He is also a Lewis Carroll scholar, and has written five books. He has spoken extensively about Lewis Carroll at Harvard University's Houghton Library, the Boston Athenaeum, and other libraries and universities around the country. 

Free, public invited 

Shared Journeys in the Urban Wilds

Shared Journeys in the Urban Wilds

Gavin Van Horn, PhD, Director, Cultures of Conservation, Center for Humans and Nature
1 Session: Wednesday, April 3, 7:00–8:30pm
Location: Hunnewell Building

A wanderer and writer with a doctorate in religion, Gavin Van Horn inhabits a big city. And that city (Chicago) has offered him something to compliment and complicate the solitude of the woods or a remote mountainside: a window onto the attractiveness of cities to animals. What was once in his mind essentially a nature-free zone turns out to be a bustling environment where millions of wild things roam. He came to realize that our own paths are crisscrossed by the tracks and flyways of black-crowned night herons, Cooper’s hawks, brown bats, coyotes, opossums, white-tailed deer, and many others who thread their lives ably through our own. In his book, The Way of Coyote, Van Horn describes this urban amalgam in prose that weaves myth with science, ecological loss with abundance, and reflects on the role wildlife can play in waking us to a shared sense of place and fate. Visit his website at storyforager.com

Also consider registering for Van Horn's walk, Cultivating Wildness Where You Are, on Apri 4. 

Fee $5 member, $10 nonmember, free for students

“Van Horn reminds us that urban is not the same as absence of nature. He writes with great beauty and dignity about how we might better align ourselves with the natural world and establish urban habitats where a diversity of wildlife can flourish. As the author rambles through the canyons of Chicago skyscrapers looking for roosting peregrine falcons, or kayaks along sewers and canals in search of beavers, the voices of ecologist Aldo Leopold, Taoist philosopher Lao Tzu and Coyote—the trickster and mischiefmaker of Native American myth—lend both wisdom and charm to a true story about how the paths of people and wildlife cross and merge and how, if we attend to each other’s needs, we may all enjoy a brighter urban future.”

Wall Street Journal

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

Cultivating Wildness Where You Are

Cultivating Wildness Where You Are

Gavin Van Horn, PhD, Director, Cultures of Conservation, Center for Humans and Nature
1 Session: Thursday, April 4, 9:30am–11:00am

Redirect your commute to the Arnold Arboretum for an exploratory journey into what wildness is, what it could be, and how it might be recovered in our daily lives. No matter if you live in the city or farther afield, exposure to natural elements and observation of other-than-human creatures can refresh your mind and fuel your soul. Gavin Van Horn will lead this landscape amble, interjecting readings and thoughts for finding wildness within and beyond self. Dress according to the weather and plan to walk approximately one mile, on and off trail, up and down steep terrain. Visit his website at storyforager.com

Fee $20 member, $28 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.


Forest Bathing

Saturday Forest Bathing

2nd & 4th Saturdays in April and May, 9:00am-11:00am
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, Training Apprentice 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

Basic ID of Evergreens

Basic Identification of Evergreens

Laura Mele, Arnold Arboretum Horticulturist; MA Certified and ISA Certified Arborist
1 Session: Saturday, April 13, 9:30–11:30a.pm
Location: Weld Hill Building

Evergreens can be conifers or broad-leafed deciduous plants…they aren’t all pine trees. Starting in the classroom, Laura Mele will introduce basic identifying characteristics of common evergreens and the lead a tour through the Arboretum’s Conifer Collection and Rhododendron Dell for viewing bark, leaves, buds, and cones. Dress for indoor and outdoor learning and bring a hand lens if you have one.
Fee $20 member and $30 nonmember

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

Artist's Photography Walk: Chris Morgan

Artist's Photography Walk-Transitions: Winter Into Spring

Photographer Chris Morgan

Exhibition:

February 8 – May 5, 2019

Artist's Walk, Saturday, April 13, 10:00am-11:30am

Location: Hunnewell Building

Join The Arboretum's current exhibiting photographer, Chris Morgan, for a walk in the Arnold Arboretum. He will discuss the best techniques for landscape photography. Bring your camera or phone.
Chris Morgan's goal as a photographer is to evoke the emotions he feels when he views patterns and textures in nature, in the shapes of trees, and in the movements of birds. He brings details to life. The Arboretum, with its rich collections of flora and fauna, has been a major interest of his for over fifteen years, especially during blizzards, when dramatic photo opportunities appear. Digital photography, which offers a happy marriage of the arts and the sciences, lets him explore larger-format photography in creative ways through digital panorama techniques.
Morgan has photographed on five continents for over forty years; however, he is currently to be found, year-round, photographing in the Arboretum.
In addition to his photographic work, Morgan appraises rare, early computers, is a computer consultant, an author, puzzle designer, musician, and magician. He is also a Lewis Carroll scholar, and has written five books. He has spoken extensively about Lewis Carroll at Harvard University's Houghton Library, the Boston Athenaeum, and other libraries and universities around the country. 

Free, registration limited and requested

Guided Saturday Tour

Saturday Guided Tours

Arboretum Docents
10:30am-Noon, beginning April 13, 2019
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.
Drawing Workshop: Exploring Botany

Drawing Daffodils Workshop: Exploring the Botany Behind the Art

Bobbi Angell and Beverly Duncan, Botanical Artists


Saturday, April 13, 2019

1:00-3:00pm

Location: Hunnewell Building

Have you ever dissected a flower? Do you know what a corona and a corolla are? Join botanical artists, Angell and Duncan as they lead you in creating pencil sketches of several varieties of daffodils. You will slice the flowers open to examine and draw their reproductive anatomy. The instructors will explain distinguishing features of the beautiful spring flowers and teach basic terminology to add to your understanding of the diverse botanical world.  Some pencils will be available, but bring your own if you have them. We will provide everything else, including microscopes. This workshop is for ages 15 and over. Bobbi Angell and Beverly Duncan are botanical artists who have exhibited widely, including a two-woman show at the Arnold Arboretum in spring and summer of 2018.

This workshop is part of the Cambridge Science Festival.

Free, registration required and limited; registration opens March 18.

Tour: Arboretum April Birding!

April Birding

Brendan Keegan, Arboretum Gardener
Sunday, April 14, 8:00-9:30am, meet at Arborway Gate
  

Join the Arnold Arboretum's Brendan Keegan for an easy walk looking for early spring birds. This April walk will focus on breeding behavior, the competitive reality of bird song, and a check on chickadee nesting tubes for signs of activity.

All skill levels, especially beginners, are encouraged to join. Bring binoculars, and a few binoculars will be available to share.

This tour is part of the Cambridge Science Festival


See our website for directions and a checklist of birds. Parking is along the Arborway or take the T to Forest Hills and walk. Meet inside the Gates.


In case of inclement weather, contact 617.384.5209.

Free, registration requested and opens on March 18 at www.my.arboretum.harvard.edu

Guided Tour: Spring Into Health

Spring Into Health

Rhoda Kubrick, Arboretum docent
Sunday: April 14, 11:00am-12:30pm 
Location: Hunnewell Building

Join in for a wake-up spring walk through the Arboretum's fabulous collections! With your guide, you will explore the less-traveled paths of the Arboretum on a brisk walk.You will get a chance to catch your breath and pause to hear about interesting plants along the way. Please dress appropriately.

In case of inclement weather, contact 617.384.5209.

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

Welcome Back Redwing Blackbirds

Welcome Back Redwing Blackbirds

Nancy Sableski, Manager of Children's Education
1 Session: Sunday, April 14, 2:00.–3:30pm
Location: Arborway Gate, Meadow Road

Families need nature all year! Celebrate the return of migratory redwing blackbirds to the meadow of the Arnold Arboretum. Search for birds with binoculars, go on a StoryWalk® about wild birds, identify bird calls, dress up as a redwing blackbird, and get a redwing blackbird tattoo!
Free

Botany Blast: Season Shifts in Trees

Botany Blast: Seasonal Shifts in Trees

Kristel Schoonderwoerd, PhD Candidate, Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University, and Fellow of the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University
1 Session: Monday, April 15, 6:30–7:30pm
Location: Hunnewell Building

There are challenges to being a tree in a temperate climate, mainly the changing of seasons. But trees are equipped to shift with these environmental changes. Kristel Schoonderwoerd will explain how trees slow down for winter and subsequently reverse “gears” for springtime and the onset of the growing season.

Fee Free, but registration requested

This event is part of the Cambridge Science Festival, April 12-21, 2019.

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

Finding Wild: April 16, 2019

Finding Wild at the Arnold Arboretum

Ana Maria Caballero, Nature Education Specialist, Arnold Arboretum
1 Session: Tuesday, April 16, 12:30–4:30pm

For students in the 4th, 5th and 6th Grades

Tuesday, April 16: Enter the North Woods

Explore rotting logs and leaf litter, search for invertebrates, listen to bird calls and learn more about the benefits of maintaining urban woods. Make an insect hotel to take home.

Fee $20 per afternoon

Call 617-384-9032 with any questions..

Finding Wild at the Arnold Arboretum

Finding Wild at the Arnold Arboretum

Ana Maria Caballero, Nature Education Specialist, Arnold Arboretum
3 Sessions: Tue, Wed, Thur, April 16, 17, 18, 12:30–4:30pm

Students in the 4th, 5th and 6th Grades will spend time outdoors searching for signs of wild life in different ecosystems and learning to record their discoveries in field journals. Some indoor time will allow students to use of different magnification devices and create take-home projects. 

Attend all three session for a discounted price, or choose individual dates below.

Tuesday, April 16: Enter the North Woods

Explore rotting logs and leaf litter, search for invertebrates, listen to bird calls and learn more about the benefits of maintaining urban woods. Make an insect hotel to take home.

Wednesday, April 17: Hike to Bussey Hill

Search for signs of wild spring during a hike to one of the highest points in the Arboretum and through the Explorer’s Garden. Learn about flower parts through dissections and how to use stereo microscope. Take home a plant press.

Thursday, April 18: Go Ponding

Look for wild in and around the ponds at the Arboretum. Use dipping nets to collect macro-invertebrates from pond habitats for study and identification. Use a field guide to learn facts about creatures big and small. Take home a mini-field guide that can be used in future visits.

Register to the right for all three session or select individual dates below.



Fee $50 for three afternoons or $20 per afternoon 

Call 617-384-9032 with any questions..

Finding Wild in the City

Finding Wild in the City

Arnold Arboretum Staff and Volunteers
1:00pm-3:00pm 
Tuesday, April 16 2019
Location: Linden Path & North Woods 

Visit the Arnold Arboretum and venture through the North Woods. Be on the lookout for the wild inhabitants. Use your explorer senses to spot things that normally go unseen. Develop your observation skills and be prepared to make discoveries that might be surprising.

One adult may bring a maximum of three children; suitable for children ages five and up. This is a drop in activity. The hike will begin at the start of Linden Path. 

This event is part of the Cambridge Science Festival. Registration will go live mid-March. For more information before that time, please call 617 384-5209.

In case of inclement weather, contact 617.384.5209.

Finding Wild: April 17, 2019

Finding Wild at the Arnold Arboretum

Ana Maria Caballero, Nature Education Specialist, Arnold Arboretum
1 Session: Wednesday 17, 12:30–4:30pm

For students in the 4th, 5th and 6th Grades

Wednesday, April 17: Hike to Bussey Hill

Search for signs of wild spring during a hike to one of the highest points in the Arboretum and through the Explorer’s Garden. Learn about flower parts through dissections and how to use stereo microscope. Take home a plant press.

Fee $20 per afternoon

Call 617-384-9032 with any questions..

Tour: Weld Hill, Research on View

Weld Hill: Research on View

Faye Rosin, Director of Research Facilitation
Wednesday, April 17, 1:00-2:00pm
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 taking place there, and explore the “green” building design.

This tour is part of the Cambridge Science Festival.


Free, registration is limited, requested, and opens on March 18 at my.arboretum.harvard.edu
Introduction to Medicinal Plants

An Introduction to Medicinal Plants

John de la Parra, PhD, and Ernest Anemone, JD


4 Wednesdays: April 17, 24, May 1, 8, 6:30pm–8:30pm; 1 Saturday, May 11, 10:30am–12:30pm
Location: Hunnewell Building
Have you ever wanted to be able to separate medicinal plant facts from fiction? This introductory survey course, taught by two experts in the field of ethnobotany, will reveal essential connections between both the anthropological foundations and scientific principles underlying plant-derived drugs around the world. Knowledge will be built for the non-expert, atop four essential pillars of anthropology, botany, chemistry, and pharmacology. The class will be structured to include interactive classroom exercises, the making of simple herbal remedies, and lectures. Our learning experience will culminate in an intimate tour of the Arboretum’s medicinal plants on Saturday, May 11.
Fee $180 member, $230 nonmember

Instructors: John de la Parra, PhD, Associate, Harvard University Herbaria. Ethnobotany Research Scientist, MIT Media Lab, Open Agriculture Initiative. Lecturer, Tufts University Environmental Studies Program. Lecturer, Northeastern University Biotechnology Program. Ernest Anemone, JD, Lecturer, Tufts University Experimental College, Co-creator and instructor of the courses ‘Medicinal Plants from the Sacred to the Scientific’ and ‘The Cannabis Debate: The Intersection of Science, Culture, and the Law.’



Register at my.arboretum.harvard.edu or call 617-384-5277.
Finding Wild: April 18, 2019

Finding Wild at the Arnold Arboretum

Ana Maria Caballero, Nature Education Specialist, Arnold Arboretum
1 Session: Thursday, April 18, 12:30–4:30pm

For students in the 4th, 5th and 6th Grades

Thursday, April 18: Go Ponding

Look for wild in and around the ponds at the Arboretum. Use dipping nets to collect macro-invertebrates from pond habitats for study and identification. Use a field guide to learn facts about creatures big and small. Take home a mini-field guide that can be used in future visits.

Fee $20 per afternoon

Call 617-384-9032 with any questions..

Tree Spotter Basic Training 2019

Tree Spotters Citizen Science Program: Basic Training

Suzanne Mrozak, Tree Spotter Volunteer Coordinator and Danny Schissler, Project Coordinator, Arnold Arboretum
Select a date:  March 24 10:30-12:00pm [HB], April 20, 10:30-12:00pm [WH], April 27, 10:30-12:00pm [HB], May 5, 10:30-12:00pm [HB]
Location:  March 24, April 27, May 5 Hunnewell Building Lecture Hall; April 20, Weld Hill Lecture Hall

Multiple Sessions: March 24 10:30-12:00pm [HB], April 20, 10:30-12:00pm [WH], April 27, 10:30-12:00pm [HB], May 5, 10:30-12:00pm [HB]

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 at least one 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. Each Beyond the Basics class (Module 2) will focus on how to observe different tree and shrub species, and record and submit data. 

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, Cottonwood/Linden (Module 2)

Tree Spotters Citizen Science Program: Beyond the Basics Training, Cottonwood/Linden

Suzanne Mrozak, Tree Spotter Volunteer Coordinator and Danny Schissler, Project Coordinator, Arnold Arboretum
April 20 1:00-3:30pm,

April 20 1:00-3:30pm

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 at least one 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. Each Beyond the Basics class (Module 2) will focus on how to observe different tree and shrub species, and record and submit data. 

This Beyond the Basics class covers the phenology of eastern cottonwood (Populus deltoides) and American linden (Tilia americana), 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.