Botany Club | April vacation drop-off program for teens

Botany Club is an April school vacation program for teens ages 12-15 that encourages the scientific study of plants. Youth will study plant parts and functions, make models of plant structures, perform flower dissections, experiment with photosynthesis, respiration and transpiration, and learn a bit about plant classification. Have fun with outdoor and indoor sessions while learning more about the world of plants! For teens ages 12-15

Tues – Fri, April 21-24; 12:30 – 4:30pm

Meet at Main Gate of the Arnold Arboretum

125 Arborway

Rain or shine, come dressed appropriately for outdoor exploration

$50.00 registration, scholarship available upon request

Contact for Information:  Ana Maria Caballero, 617-384-9032


Photo of Bobby Wengronowitz (front), Shea Riester (middle), Martin Hamilton (back) in trench

Fracked Gas Protesters Lock Themselves in West Roxbury Pipeline Trench

Six people locked themselves together at 9:50 a.m. Saturday to block two construction sites of Spectra Energy's West Roxbury Lateral Pipeline (WRL), which would bring fracked gas into Boston. Bound at the waist and ankles using chains and superglue, they aim to stop the project from endangering the community and disrupting the climate. While the pipeline goes through West Roxbury, not JP, the fight against has attracted many JP residents. They are demanding that Spectra Energy keep fracked gas in the ground and stop forcing the project through a community that overwhelmingly opposes the pipeline. Trevor Culhane said, “This pipeline would irresponsibly lock us into decades of climate pollution and community disruption.

2015 Millennium Park Clean-up: Jessica Weeks, Claudia Dunne, Tina Winkler, Julie DeForest, Karen Jones, Joe Stier, Chris (last name not known), Marybeth Howard and Erica Saperstein (seated.) (Names of men in back unknown.)

Dog Park Association of Southwest Boston Hosts Millennium Park Fall Clean-up

While Millennium Park isn't in JP, many neighborhood dog owners walk their pooches there. On Saturday, a group working to bring a true dog park to the southwest side of the city hosts a cleanup of the grounds. The group will provide gloves, rakes, bags and, most importantly, the coffee. The cleanup runs from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday. In case of rain, the cleanup will be on Sunday at those same hours.


Join a ‘Human Chain’ to stop the West Roxbury Natural Gas Pipeline

Spectra Energy has broken ground on the construction of a natural gas pipeline that passes through Dedham and West Roxbury. Residents of Dedham and Boston are joining forces on Sunday July 26th to keep Spectra Energy from starting construction in Boston. 100+ people will be linking arms along the Dedham/Boston city line in order to symbolically block the pipeline. This event will be preceded by a worship service and a rally. Come join your fellow residents, concerned for our safety and future.

JP residents Andreé Zaleska, left, and Chuck Collins donned road worker gear to carry out a pavement-marking protest of the West Roxbury Lateral Pipeline on Friday, May 15, 2015.

Protesters Paint ‘Freedom Trail’ Along Gas Pipeline Route

Jamaica Plain residents carried out a creative protest against what they see as a dangerous high-pressure gas pipeline slated for next-door West Roxbury. Here's part of a press release from the opponents of the project:
In the spirit of Paul Revere, a group calling themselves the “Parkway Pipeline Prevention League,” have drawn attention to the dangers of the West Roxbury Lateral Pipeline. On the morning of May 15, they painted a bright red “Freedom Trail” along the pipeline route with several signs saying “No Spectra,” a reference to the Houston-based energy corporation slated to start work digging up West Roxbury streets in June. The paint is water-soluble. JP residents Andrée Zaleska and Chuck Collins carried out the protest garbed in road-worker gear.