As we approach the summer solstice, how do we relate to the rhythms of morning and night, the seasons, the way that heat and cold and rain and dryness affect our bodies and spirits? How is the Earth dreaming and speaking to each of us? How can we bring more awareness to our relationship and connection with the Earth? What might we hear? Observe?
Robin Wall Kimmerer, PhD, Distinguished Teaching Professor and Director, Center for Native Peoples and the Environment
Location: Hunnewell Building Arnold Arboretum
This workshop with Robin Wall Kimmerer, indigenous plant scientist and distinguished teacher, engages participants in exploring the material and cultural gifts of the plants, from ecosystem services, to food, medicine and lessons on how we might live. Through guided observations, readings, and writing, together we will explore how we might reciprocate those gifts, with gifts of our own. Robin is the author of Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants.
Robin Wall Kimmerer , PhD, Distinguished Teaching Professor and Director, Center for Native Peoples and the Environment
Location: Hunnewell Building, Arnold Arboretum
Drawing on her life as an indigenous plant scientist, a teacher, a writer and a mother, Robin Wall Kimmerer will share ideas found in her award-winning book, Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants, in which she shows how plants—asters and goldenrod, strawberries and squash and sweetgrass—offer us gifts and lessons, even if we’ve forgotten how to hear their voices. In traditional ecological knowledge, plants are regarded not only as persons, but as among our oldest teachers. If plants are our teachers, what are they teaching us and how can we be better students? In a rich braid of ecological science, indigenous philosophy and literary reflections that range from the creation of Turtle Island to the forces that threaten its flourishing today, she explores and celebrates the material and cultural gifts of plants and our responsibilities for reciprocal relationship with the rest of the living world.
Make a difference volunteering as an Arnold Arboretum Field Study Guide. We will train you to lead science programs in our landscape with elementary school groups. Contact the Manager of Children’s Education at 617-384-5239 or email firstname.lastname@example.org by August 19 for an interview for fall training. For more information go to:
Bees, bumblebees, and hover flies are clambering all over the flowers in July. Here’s a great opportunity to get a closer look at these fascinating and hardworking insects that benefit us all. We will have nets and bug boxes available to examine our pollinator friends! One adult may bring a maximum of three children; suitable for children ages four through eight. Meet in the Visitor Center.