Spring into Science! Join the 2018 Boston Area City Nature Challenge

by Danny Schissler, Research and Projects Coordinator, Friedman Lab
April 19, 2018

Spring into Science! Join the 2018 Boston Area City Nature Challenge

Join the 2018 Boston Area City Nature Challenge Become a citizen scientist with just a few taps on your phone! Join us April 27–30 for the 2018 City Nature Challenge, in which over 65 cities around the world compete to see which one can document the most species—plants, animals, fungi, even microbes. All species count […]

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An Update on the Tree Spotters Beeches

by Danny Schissler, Research and Projects Coordinator, Friedman Lab
April 16, 2018

An Update on the Tree Spotters Beeches

If you’ve been out spotting in the last week or two, you’ve probably noticed some dramatic changes near the Beech Collection. Due to the presence of beech bark disease–compounded by recent periods of drought–many of the Arboretum’s oldest beeches have gone into decline. Caused by an exotic sap-feeding scale insect (Cryptococcus fagisuga) and a secondary […]

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Spring into Science! Tree Spotters and TreeVersity at the MIT Citizen Science Fair

by Danny Schissler, Research and Projects Coordinator, Friedman Lab
February 19, 2018

Spring into Science! Tree Spotters and TreeVersity at the MIT Citizen Science Fair

MIT citizen science fair

At the Arboretum and across the globe, volunteers are challenging the notion that science happens behind closed doors. Citizen scientists—individuals who contribute their time and efforts towards observation and data collection—are transforming the nature of scientific discovery through their collaborative efforts with professional researchers. Around the world, citizen scientists work alongside professionals in fields ranging […]

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Committed to Excellence in Public Engagement

by Jon Hetman, Director of External Relations & Communications
February 1, 2018

Committed to Excellence in Public Engagement

Volunteer Dig Deeper

The Arboretum relies on public support to pursue its mission, and volunteers play an essential role in our outreach. Since our centennial in 1972, volunteer docents have trained to lead the majority of free guided tours in the Arboretum landscape, and the more recent arrival of Arboretum Interpreters has further enhanced visitor interaction. Our Field […]

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Citizen Scientists Take the Pulse of Arnold Arboretum Trees

by Jon Hetman, Director of External Relations & Communications
November 15, 2017

National Phenology Network Showcases Arnold Arboretum Tree Spotters

by Meghana Srinivasan, Marketing and Communications Specialist
August 14, 2017

Volunteer training, Arnold Arboretum, 1991

by Larissa Glasser, Library Assistant
July 6, 2017

Volunteer training, Arnold Arboretum, 1991

Volunteer training, Arnold Arboretum, 1991

Volunteer training, Arnold Arboretum, 1991 Photograph by István Racz and Zsolt Debreczy (n.d.), Hungary Arnold Arboretum, Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, United States April 11, 1991 Volunteers are essential to the Arboretum’s educational mission of fostering knowledge and appreciation of life science and the natural world. We offer a variety of great opportunities interact with the living […]

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Focus on Phenology: Spring Unsprung

by Danny Schissler, Research and Projects Coordinator, Friedman Lab
March 7, 2017

Focus on Phenology: Spring Unsprung

Honey bee visiting Ozark Witch-hazel (Hamamelis vernalis)

Can you remember February 24, a balmy 73 degree day that brought flocks of visitors to the Arboretum? In the ample sunshine and unseasonably warm temperatures, it felt as though spring had suddenly arrived on the grounds. And indeed, with a week-long spate of warm weather came swelling buds, early-blooming perennials, and honey bees buzzing […]

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Botany Blast: Seeing Climate Change in Your Backyard

by Meghana Srinivasan, Marketing and Communications Specialist
January 17, 2017

Botany Blast: Seeing Climate Change in Your Backyard

Hamamelis vernalis

Botany Blast: Seeing Climate Change in Your Backyard Alyssa Rosemartin, Partner & Application Specialist, The USA National Phenology Network 1 Session: Sunday, January 22, 2:30–3:30pm Location: Hunnewell Building Learn what you can do to help scientists in their studies of the effects of a changing climate on plants and animals. Alyssa Rosemartin of the USA […]

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Focus on Phenology: What’s Eating You?

by Danny Schissler, Research and Projects Coordinator, Friedman Lab
January 3, 2017

Focus on Phenology: What’s Eating You?

Fagus grandifolia (American Beech)

There is a slumbering subterranean fire in nature which never goes out, and which no cold can chill. -Henry David Thoreau, A Winter Walk (1843) Winter is upon us, and what better way to beat the indoor-blues than with a crisp afternoon walk through the Arboretum? While autumn’s hues have come and gone, a world […]

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