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!

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What Nature Sounds Are Music?

Bird song, whale song, bug song? Are these sounds really music? What of the whistle of the wind? David Rothenberg, author of three books, Why Birds Sing, Bug Music, and Survival of the Beautiful, will do his best to answer these questions and fuel further thinking about noise, communication, and song in nature. A composer and jazz clarinetist, David Rothenberg has written and performed on the relationship between humanity and nature for many years, and improvised with whales, cicadas, and other creatures.

Introduction to Bonsai

Bonsai is the ancient Japanese method of growing and caring for a tree whose growth is restricted by the size of the shallow pot in which it is planted and by the pruning of its branches and roots. In this class, Glen Lord, who consults for the Arnold Arboretum’s bonsai (Japanese) and penjing (Chinese) collection of dwarf potted plants, will speak first about the history of bonsai. He will then demonstrate the methods employed in creating and caring for a bonsai. Participants will plant a tropical specimen and learn about basic pruning, styling, and aftercare. The methods learned in this class can then be applied to other plants, such as temperate trees.

Arnold Arboretum Transformed Into 1860s for ‘Little Women’ Filming

On Halloween the Arnold Arboretum was transformed back to the 1800s era in which it was created for the filming of "Little Women" starring Meryl Streep. Filming at the Arnold Arboretum was only scheduled for one day for the Columbia Pictures feature movie. It was not clear whether Streep was on set at the arboretum. For the filming, horse-drawn carriages and actors wearing Civil War era clothing were in the tree museum, which was created in 1872. It wasn't clear what scenes were being filmed of Louisa May Alcott's novel that is set in a New England town, and often believed to be based upon Concord, Mass.

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