April 26, 2021 at 6:00pm EDT
Due to popular demand, the Arnold Arboretum is offering another session of this free webinar. Led by naturalist and conservationist, Michael Wojtech, you'll learn to identify tree species by their bark and discover why such a variety of bark characteristics exist. Why do some species have smooth bark, while on others it is thick and broken? Why does bark peel? Join to find out!
Plant graduation season, an annual rite of passage at the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University, is an occasion for pomp and circumstance as well as a reminder of our connections to nature and the power of plants. The Plant Graduation Class of 2021 took place on April 2 and featured more than 500 plants, some rare and endangered, graduating from the nursery and finding placement throughout the 281-acre landscape of the free and open museum teaching the world about plants. Before the plants officially graduated from the greenhouses for their new “careers” out in the field, a commencement ceremony was held to honor the budding and burgeoning Class of 2021. “The fact that there are more and more plants being planted and groomed and protected and nourished shows the importance of this place," said District 6 City Councilor Matt O'Malley. “At the Arnold Arboretum we do conservation, education, and we are trying to make sure people understand their responsibilities to the planet and to their fellow species,” added Ned Friedman, Director of the Arnold Arboretum.
The Arnold Arboretum's traditional Lilac Sunday for Mother's Day has been cancelled again due to the pandemic. It’s almost lilac season at the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University. Due to the pandemic and in support of public health, the Arboretum will not hold any public programming or Lilac Sunday events this Mother’s Day. However, the lilacs will still put on a spectacular show as a diversity of species and cultivated varieties begin and continue to bloom over the next several weeks. Visitors are encouraged to come explore spring flowering at the Arboretum anytime their schedule permits this month.
For the last few weeks Margarita Muñiz Academy students have begun a relationship with the Hale Intrepid Academy by exploring the Arnold Arboretum together.
This is a new partnership between the Muñiz Academy and Hale Intrepid Academy, a program launched in 2018 by Hale (formerly Hale Reservation), which creates an educational experience utilizing an outdoor campus as a classroom. Members of the Hale team are coming on Tuesdays and Thursdays to take Muñiz Academy students, of who there are about 25 attending school in person, for walks around the neighborhood and the Arboretum, according to a Muñiz Academy newsletter. "After almost a year of isolation, the students become part of a group again, building connectivity with each other and with nature. There will be more activities for the Muñiz students in partnership with Hale in the coming months," said the newsletter. As time goes on Hale and the Muñiz Academy will develop new programs together.
Join the Arnold Arboretum in exploring the meaning, history, and cultural entwines of a quintessential American tree, Pecan. In our 2021 Director’s Lecture Series, these three gifted writers highlight an often neglected connection – our relationship with trees. Here’s the series line-up:
February 22: James McWilliams: The Pecan: A History of America’s Native Nut MORE INFO | REGISTER
March 1: Robin Wall Kimmerer: The Council of Pecans MORE INFO | REGISTER
March 8: Tiya Miles: "Every Pecan Tree": Trees, Meaning, and Memory in Enslaved People's Lives MORE INFO | REGISTER
All lectures start at 7:00 pm via Zoom. Register today.