Cultivating Wildness Where You Are

Gavin Van Horn, PhD, Director, Cultures of Conservation, Center for Humans and Nature

Thursday, April 4, 9:30–11:00am

Location: Bussey Street Gate, Arnold Arboretum

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 Fee $28 Register

The Way of Coyote: Shared Journeys in the Urban Wilds

Gavin Van Horn, PhD, Director, Cultures of Conservation, Center for Humans and Nature

Wednesday, April 3, 7:00–8:30pm

Location: Hunnewell Building, Arnold Arboretum

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.

Free Family Hike at the Arnold Arboretum: Evergreen!

Families can enjoy nature any time of year! Take a walk and use a handlens to see the beauty of evergreen needles and cones.  You will be surprised at something you’ve never noticed before! Using microscopes indoors we will use the same tools that scientists use to learn about our world.

Photos: Local Birder Catches Winged Wonders in Arnold Arboretum

Local photographer Chris Lang has a penchant for taking great photos of birds in the Arnold Arboretum. "I think photographing birds, really most of my photography, is just a way for me to slow myself down and simply look around," said Lang. "A way for me to explore what's around us all every day and to find something unique, something beautiful that perhaps when I'm rushing to work or running errands I would completely miss. I find it to be very centering, especially given all the craziness in the world these days." Lang added that he doesn't have a favorite type of bird to photograph, but he's looking for bald eagles to photograph. Hey Chris -- bald eagles have been seen at Jamaica Pond!