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Arnold Arboretum

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125 Arborway
Jamaica Plain, 02130 United States
617-384-5239 https://www.arboretum.harvard.edu/support/volunteer/volunteer-to-be-a-guide/

July 2017

Volunteer to be an Arnold Arboretum Field Study Guice

July 12, 2017
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An event every week that begins at 12:00 am on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, repeating until August 18, 2017

Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway
Jamaica Plain, 02130 United States

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 childrensed@arnarb.harvard.edu by August 19 for an interview for fall training. For more information go to: http://www.arboretum.harvard.edu/programs/fieldstudy_guides.html Training begins August 31. Apply now!

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October 2017

A talk with Robert Thorson, author of The Boatman: Henry David Thoreau’s River Year

October 10, 2017 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway
Jamaica Plain, 02130 United States
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​Thoreau was known for Walden Pond, but in his new book The Boatman, Henry David Thoreau's River Year, Robert Thorson says he was a man of the river. As a backyard naturalist and river enthusiast, Thoreau was keenly aware of the way humans had altered the waterways and meadows of his beloved Concord River Valley. And he recognized that he himself—a land surveyor by trade—was as complicit in these transformations as the bankers, lawyers, builders, landowners, and elected officials who were his clients. Robert Thorson, PhD,…

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This Ever New Self: Thoreau and his Journal

October 11, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway
Jamaica Plain, 02130 United States
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Every private journal tells the story of a self, and Henry David Thoreau kept one of the most faithful, thoughtful, and provocative journals in American history. His everyday companion, the journal was an essential tool for mindful living, and grist for one of the world’s most influential books--Walden, or Life in the Woods. Two hundred years after Thoreau’s birth, his thoughts on the value of introspection, simple living, and self‐sufficiency continue to challenge and inspire us. David Wood, curator of This Ever…

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May 2018

Forest Bathing Half Day Retreat

May 3, 2018 @ 8:00 am - 11:00 am
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An event every month that begins at 8:00 am on day First of the month, repeating until September 10, 2018

An event every month that begins at 8:00 am on day First of the month, repeating until September 10, 2018

Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway
Jamaica Plain, 02130 United States
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Did you know that spending time connecting with nature has been medically and scientifically proven to treat stress-related illnesses?  Relax and unplug on a Guided Forest Bathing Walk, a slow-paced facilitated combination of wandering, sitting, and resting.  We will cover no more than a mile as I guide us through a sequence of gentle sensory-opening invitations that welcome us to notice more of our surroundings in a way that support reconnecting or deepening our connection with the natural world. This…

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June 2018

Summer Solstice Ceremony

June 21, 2018 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway
Jamaica Plain, 02130 United States
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$15 – $35

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? Feel? Sense? How can we reciprocate? Join Tam of Toadstool Walks (www.toadstoolwalks.com) and Rev. Tracy Rich…

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August 2018

Volunteer Open House at the Arnold Arboretum: Share Nature with Children!

August 2, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway
Jamaica Plain, 02130 United States
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Share nature with children!  The Arnold Arboretum is recruiting volunteers to lead life science programs for Boston school groups. Fall training starts on August 30. Attend an open house on August 2 to learn more about this exciting opportunity.  Come to the Visitor Center at 125 Arborway, Jamaica Plain 02130 from 10-11am.  If you are friendly, enjoy the outdoors, and have some teaching experience, we want to talk to you!

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September 2018

Flow Through with Maria Finkelmeier and the Kadence Ensemble

September 22, 2018 @ 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway
Jamaica Plain, 02130 United States
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Maria Finkelmeier and the Kadence Ensemble will perform “Flow Through”, Finkelmeier’s 15 minute composition for large ensemble to be played in an outdoor setting. Featuring thirty performers (brass players, singers, and percussionists), the work is inspired by the fluidity and importance of water to living organisms. The musicians will mingle their music with Nakaya’s fog as both descend the hillside and flow among the trees and the audience

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October 2018

Introduction to Birds and Birding

October 13, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway
Jamaica Plain, 02130 United States
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$32.00

The Arboretum provides a home for over 100 bird species every year. This workshop will provide tips for identifying some of the most common species in our landscape, while also touching on topics such as basic bird anatomy, seasonal migration and common migrants, and binocular selection. Following the in-class segment, we'll take a walk through the landscape and put our skills to use. Fee $32 Register at my.arboretum.harvard.edu or call 617-384-5277.

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Small Trees for Small Spaces

October 21, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway
Jamaica Plain, 02130 United States
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$42.00

Urban and suburban planting spaces are often constrained, often not ideal for accommodating a large oak, linden, or maple tree. But there are many smaller tree species that will thrive in a smaller space and won’t overwhelm the area. Some trees are cultivars that have been selected for their smaller size or narrow characteristics, while others are naturally genetically petite. Guided by the “right plant, right place” philosophy, Laura Mele will start in the lecture hall with tips on what…

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Fog x Macbeth

October 21, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway
Jamaica Plain, 02130 United States
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Fog x Macbeth brings Shakespeare's tragedy of political ambition, blood, and flawed humans into the landscape of the Arnold Arboretum, and the art and shifting atmosphere of Fujiko Nakaya's fog sculpture. The play's live and site-specific, performance will resonate with Frederick Law Olmsted's landscape design and Fog x FLO, Nakaya's fog installation throughout Boston's Emerald Necklace park system. Actors' Shakespeare Project explores robust language, resonate stories, and the deeply human characters in Shakespeare's plays through productions, that like Macbeth in the…

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How the Arboretum Became the Arboretum: The First 25 Years

October 28, 2018 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway
Jamaica Plain, 02130 United States
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Emily Wheeler, Arboretum Docent Location: Centre Street Gate The Arnold Arboretum did not come into existence full-formed, but had a long adolescence before it (literally) blossomed at 50. Our first director, Charles Sargent, prepared a 50-year report in 1922, before the end of his own 54-year tenure. But, what about the first 25 years? We don't have a 25-year report, however, we do have photos and the engaging stories from that time.   Join our docent to hear those stories, as…

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How the Arboretum Became the Arboretum: The First 25 Years

October 28, 2018 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway
Jamaica Plain, 02130 United States
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Emily Wheeler, Arboretum Docent Location: Centre Street Gate The Arnold Arboretum did not come into existence full-formed, but had a long adolescence before it (literally) blossomed at 50. Our first director, Charles Sargent, prepared a 50-year report in 1922, before the end of his own 54-year tenure. But, what about the first 25 years? We don't have a 25-year report, however, we do have photos and the engaging stories from that time.   Join our docent to hear those stories, as…

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June 2019

Get Your Hands Dirty! – Soil Science

June 23, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway
Jamaica Plain, 02130 United States
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Arnold Arboretum Staff and Volunteers Sunday, June 23 2019, 2:00pm-4:00pm Arnold Arboretum, Hunnewell Lawn  This is part of the new Science in Our Park Series. Come to the Arnold Arboretum and be a scientist! Get your hands onto scientific tools, use your observation skills and share your findings with others. Get Your Hands Dirty will allow you to stick your hands into the soil and really get to know it. You will have a chance to use digital probes, collect data…

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Bonsai Behind the Curtain: Uncovering Their Care and Cultivation

June 26, 2019 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway
Jamaica Plain, 02130 United States
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Free, registration requested

Tiffany Enzenbacher, Manager of Plant Production Wednesday, June 26, 5:30-6:30pm Arnold Arboretum,  Larz Anderson Bonsai Collection Join Manager of Plant Production, Tiffany Enzenbacher, for an evening exploration into the oldest dwarfed plant collection in the United States. As one of the caretakers of the Arboretum's bonsai collection, Tiffany will highlight many of the procedures used by staff to maintain the health of these captivating specimens. For cancellations due to weather, call 617 384-5209 Free, registration is requested and limited at…

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Sprout Lands: Tending the Endless Gift of Trees

June 27, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 7:45 pm
Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway
Jamaica Plain, 02130 United States
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$5

William Bryant Logan, Certified Arborist, Founder and President of Urban Arborists, Inc., and Author Thursday, June 27, 6:30–7:45pm Arnold Arboretum, Hunnewell Building When his company was asked to pollard trees in front of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, William Bryant Logan was stymied. This prompted him to research and learn this ancient way of pruning that prompts thick nests of sprouts to form on major branches. The irony here is that pollarding (and the similar practice…

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August 2019

The Caterpillar Lab visits the Arnold Arboretum!

August 22, 2019 @ 10:00 am - August 26, 2019 @ 5:00 pm
Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway
Jamaica Plain, 02130 United States
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August 22 through August 26, 10:00am-5:00pm every day The Caterpillar Lab, from Keene, NH, comes to the Arnold Arboretum for 5 days of astonishing exhibits. Explore the captivating world of caterpillars on a whole new level.There will be live caterpillars, cocoons, hatched eggs, shed skins and much more. Visitors of all ages will be amazed. For more information and to contact us email arbweb@arnarb.harvard.edu or call 617.384.5209.

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October 2019

Art Reception – Turning Wood: The Art of the Woodturner V

October 18, 2019 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway
Jamaica Plain, 02130 United States
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Join Arboretum staff and members of the Woodturning clubs for this evening reception. Talk to the artists about the exhibition and the wonderful work on view. Enjoy refreshments in the Hunnewell Visitor Center. Woodturning has a long history, going back to 1300 BC Egypt. Unique in relation to most woodworking, due to its use of a lathe, woodturners turn out practical, functional pieces or “turn” to the purely aesthetic. Each craftsman brings their own personal artistic vision to the objects they…

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Woodturning Demos: The Art of the Woodturner V

October 19, 2019 @ 10:00 am - October 20, 2019 @ 5:00 pm
Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway
Jamaica Plain, 02130 United States
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October 19 – October 20, 2019 Woodturning Demonstrations: 11am, 1pm, 3pm in the Hunnewell Building; All day on the Hunnewell Lawn With the use of a lathe, woodturners turn out practical, functional pieces or “turn” to the purely aesthetic. Each craftsman brings their own personal artistic vision to the objects they create, and the pieces in maple, cherry, and other wood from far and near (look for work turned from Arnold Arboretum deaccessioned trees), offer a unique look at the “personality”…

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November 2019

Photography with Chris Morgan

November 2, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway
Jamaica Plain, 02130 United States
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$36

Saturday, November 2, 1:00–4:00pm;  In this program, professional photographer Chris Morgan will discuss his photographic interests and methods in the classroom and then move outdoors to demonstrate his techniques. Class participants will be able to learn alongside Chris, evaluating views, debating camera angles, and considering focal points in order to shoot better images. Participants should bring their preferred photographic device.  Fee $36; Register at my.arboretum.harvard.edu or call 617-384-5277. When photographing, Chris draws on his background in the sciences and the humanities. He's…

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December 2019

Winter Wellness Walk

December 15, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 1:45 pm
Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway
Jamaica Plain, 02130 United States
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Great scenery and exercise, who could want more? Take a brisk walk this winter and stay healthy and connected to the Arboretum at a time when the landscape is pared down to its beautiful bones. This walk emphasizes fitness, with a healthy dose of information on seasonal highlights. Winter tours are geared to adults and led by trained Arboretum docents. After your tour, stay on for a warm drink and more conversation with your guide and staff in the Visitor…

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February 2020

Art Reception – The Path Taken: Photography by Lawrence Mullings

February 8, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway
Jamaica Plain, 02130 United States
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Opening Reception with the Artist: Saturday, Feb. 8, 1:00-3:00pm (Snowdate Feb. 15, 1:00-3:00pm) Exhibition runs: February 7 – April 26, 2020 On any given day, Lawrence Mullings can be found exploring the paths and hidden corners of the Arboretum. While walking in the landscape to regain his health, his joy in photography was rekindled. He saw how the Arboretum was many different things to him, and to the many different people who come here from around the neighborhood and around the…

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Grafting Woody Plants: Fruit Trees

February 26, 2020 @ 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway
Jamaica Plain, 02130 United States
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$58

Sean Halloran, Plant Propagator, Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University Grafting is the technique of joining parts of separate plants in such a manner that they unite and continue their growth as one. Learn basic principles of grafting with an overview of different types of dormant-season grafts. Arnold Arboretum propagator Sean Halloran will provide step-by-step instructions so that you can practice both cleft and side veneer grafts using apple root stock. Simple after-care will be required until planting out in springtime.…

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