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Tour: Fall Into Health

Fall Into Health

John Lyons, Arboretum Docent

Sunday, November 17, 10:30am-noon

Fall is one of the most beautiful times of the year to visit the Arboretum. Explore the less-traveled paths of the Arboretum on informative walks designed for enjoyment, health, and learning about this special landscape. Pause to hear about interesting plants and unique collections. 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: Get Ready For Winter

Family Hike: Get Ready For Winter!

Nancy Sableski, Manager of Children's Education
Sunday, November 17, 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 learn how Arboretum animals get ready for winter. Go on a StoryWalk, get a tattoo, and make a winter home for your favorite animal!. Free and open to all, most suitable for children ages four through ten.



In case of inclement weather, contact 617.384.5209.

Fruit from the Sands: The Silk Road Origins of the Foods We Eat

Fruit from the Sands: The Silk Road Origins of the Foods We Eat

Robert Spengler III, PhD, Director of the Paleoethnobotany Laboratories, Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History, Jena, Germany
1 Session: Wednesday, December 4, 7:00–8:30pm
Location: Hunnewell Building

From almonds and apples to tea and rice, many foods that we consume today have histories that can be traced out of prehistoric Central Asia along the tracks of the Silk Road to kitchens in Europe, America, China, and elsewhere in East Asia. The exchange of goods, ideas, cultural practices, and genes along these ancient routes extends back five thousand years, and organized trade along the Silk Road dates to at least Han Dynasty China in the second century BC. Robert Spengler presents a broad array of archaeological, botanical, and historical evidence, narrating the story of the origins and spread of agriculture across Inner Asia and into Europe and East Asia. Through the preserved remains of plants found in archaeological sites, he identifies the regions where our most familiar crops were domesticated and follows their routes as people carried them around the world, shaping the course of human history.

Fee Free member and student, $5 nonmember

Robert Spengler IIIRobert Spengler III is studying the paleoeconomy and ecology of Central Asia from the third millennium B.C. onward and has ongoing research projects in Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, China, and Mongolia. While he has used several methods in the archaeobotanical sciences, he primarily analyzes macrobotanical remains. Through this research he has shown that farming was an important part of the economy across eastern Central Asia for at least four millennia and that many important crops spread through this region in prehistory. Through his archaeobotanical studies, he is helping to fill in the last major gaps in the global map of agricultural spread, and showing how important the Silk Road was in the spread of specific crops and technologies.



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 2019-2020 schedule.


Tour: The Bare Essentials: Winter Trees

The Bare Essentials: Winter Trees

Rhoda Kubrick, Arboretum Docent

Saturday, December 7; 2:00-3:30pm
Location: Hunnewell Building

Winter is the barest of times in the Arboretum; however, there is much to see and much happening in the landscape. Join our docent for a walk on the bare side--notice shapes, textures, even the personalities of plants that are often missed when the land is heavy with green. You will see buds already forming and the dried seeds that are more visible when leaves are gone.  Dress appropriately for the weather. In case of inclement weather, contact 617.384.5209.

Free, registration requested.
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 14, 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 $30 member, $38 nonmember

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

Winter Wellness Walk

Winter Wellness Walk

Sundays: Dec. 15, Jan. 12, Feb. 2, Feb. 9, Mar. 15, 29; 1:00-1:45pm
Location: Hunnewell Building

Great scenery and exercise, who could want more? Take a brisk walk this winter and stay healthy and connected to the Arboretum at a time when the landscape is pared down to its beautiful bones. This walk emphasizes fitness, with a healthy dose of information on seasonal highlights. Winter tours are geared to adults and led by trained Arboretum docents.

After your tour, stay on for a warm drink and more conversation with your guide and staff in the Visitor Center.

This activity is free. Registration is requested.

In case of inclement weather, contact 617.384.5209.
Family Hike: Short Days, Long Nights

Family Hike: Short Days, Long Nights

Nancy Sableski, Manager of Children's Education
Sunday, December 15, 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 make paper chickadees and go on a StoryWalk to learn how a little bird can bring back the Sun! Free and open to all, most suitable for children ages four through ten.



In case of inclement weather, contact 617.384.5209.