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2017 Mar 22

A Conversation with Yo-Yo Ma: Culture, Connection, and Citizenship in a Time of Change

5:00pm

Location: 

John Knowles Paine Concert Hall

Culture, Connection, and Citizenship in a Time of Change featuring Ma and members of the Silk Road Ensemble in a lecture/presentation beginning at 5:00pm on Wednesday, March 22 in John Knowles Paine Concert Hall on the Harvard University campus. The lecture is free and open to the public; no tickets are required. Seating will be available on a first-come, first-seated basis.

2017 Apr 29

Family Walk: Barking up the Right Tree

11:00am to 12:30pm

Location: 

Arnold Arboretum - 125 Arborway, Boston, MA

Explore and learn about the variety of bark found on many trees of the Arboretum. Children and their families will participate in a “Mystery Bark” activity using blindfolds (not required) and their sense of touch!  A scavenger hunt sheet will also be distributed so families can linger on the grounds for more exploration after the walk.One adult may bring a maximum of three children; suitable for children ages four through eight.

Meet at the Centre Street Gate.

For cancellation due to inclement weather, call 617-384-5209

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2017 Apr 29

Birding 101!

Repeats every week every Saturday until Sat May 06 2017 . Also includes Sun May 07 2017, Sat May 20 2017.
8:00am to 9:30am

8:00am to 9:30am
8:00am to 9:30am
8:00am to 9:30am

Location: 

Arnold Arboretum - 125 Arborway, Boston, MA

This spring, join a great birder on four great walks. Catch a glimpse of migrating birds as they fly to breeding grounds. This 90 minute walk is good for beginners as well as more experienced birders. Bring binoculars if you have them; some binoculars will be available to share. Choose one or sign up for more!

See map for Meeting Locations: 
Sat. April 29: Arborway Gate
Sat. May 6: Peters Hill Gate
Sun. May 7: South Street Gate, Bussey Brook Meadow, co-...

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2017 Apr 18

The Genius of Birds

7:00pm to 8:15pm

Location: 

Hunnewell Building

Acclaimed science and nature writer Jennifer Ackerman shares stories about her travels and cutting-edge research on the newly discovered brilliance of birds. Learn how birds craft and use tools, solve complex problems, sing to one another in regional accents, make sophisticated navigational decisions, demonstrate astonishing feats of memory, deceive one another, eavesdrop, give gifts, and even kiss to console. Discover the intelligent behavior of birds evident in our backyards, parks, city streets, and country skies around the world. The Genius of Birds will be available...

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2017 Apr 17

The New American Chestnut

7:00pm to 8:30pm

Location: 

Hunnewell Building

Much work has gone into attempting to bring back the American chestnut (Castanea dentata), decimated by the exotic chestnut blight fungus (Cryphonectria parasitica) beginning in the late 1800s. Breeding by crossing and back-crossing with Japanese and Chinese species has produced positive results, but genetic engineering is proving more viable. William A. Powell, involved in transgenic research that has produced a tree that is 99.999% American chestnut, will speak about this work and the possibilities for reviving a species once ubiquitous in eastern North American forests.
 

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2017 Apr 11

The Songs of Trees

7:00pm to 8:30pm

Location: 

Hunnewell Building

Award-winning teacher and writer David George Haskell expands his focus from one square meter (The Forest Unseen) to the expansive networked communities of life as observed in the presence of trees around the world. A keen observer of all living things, Haskell brings together ecological understanding with poetic narrative as he describes discoveries from root to branch tip, from one specimen to a forest of collaborators. Join us as Haskell expounds upon webs of connections that weave through the environment, human nature, science, and ethics. His book, The Songs of Trees...

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2017 Apr 09

Learn to Observe: Tree Spotters Citizen Science

2:00pm to 4:30pm

Location: 

Hunnewell Building

With nearly 4,000 different kinds of plants represented in the Arboretum’s living collections, every day presents rich opportunities to see something new. If you enjoy learning about plants and their unique characteristics, you can contribute to science as a participant in our Tree Spotters program. This citizen science project opens a window into the Arboretum’s phenology: the timing of natural events, such as the leafing out and flowering of trees in the spring and changing foliage colors in the fall. Your observations will assist Arboretum scientists in their studies of the effects of a...

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2017 Apr 09

The Shape of Things: Plants and their Structure

1:00pm to 2:30pm

Location: 

Hunnewell Building

From the mulberries to euonymus, contorted plants are ever fascinating. With an emphasis on tree architecture, docent Rhoda Kubrick will lead you into the little explored, but wide, variety in plant shape and size. Examine witch hazel, holly, pieris, seven son flower, and more. Learn that there are traditional shapes for plants, but often the traditional is altered under the influence of sunlight, space, and other aspects of a plant’s environment.

 

For cancellations due to weather, please call 617 384-5209


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2017 Apr 04

Seed: The Untold Story

7:00pm to 9:00pm

Location: 

Hunnewell Building

Few things on Earth are as miraculous and vital as seeds. Worshipped and treasured since the dawn of humankind. In the last century, 94% of our seed varieties have disappeared. SEED: The Untold Story follows passionate seed keepers protecting our 12,000 year-old food legacy. As biotech chemical companies control the majority of our seeds, farmers, scientists, lawyers, and indigenous seed keepers fight a David and Goliath battle to defend the future of our food. In a harrowing and heartening story, these heroes rekindle a lost connection to our most treasured resource and revive a culture...

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2017 Apr 01

From Seed to Seedling

10:00am to 12:00pm

Location: 

Dana Greenhouse Classroom

Growing a plant from seed to seedling to maturity is a bit magical, very satisfying, and always educational. With a talk and hands-on activities, Sean Halloran will explain seed biology, conditions needed to trigger germination, and techniques for starting various types of plants— annuals (including vegetables), trees, and shrubs— from seeds. This workshop is for beginners and those who have been frustrated in past attempts to transform seed to seedling. Students will leave class with a selection of seeds raring to grow. Aftercare will be necessary. 
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2017 Apr 01

Exploring the Arboretum for Educators

9:00am to 11:30am

Location: 

Hunnewell Building

The Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University is a community resource for education. Arboretum for Educators Monthly Explorations are a professional development opportunity for elementary and middle school teachers to introduce the Arboretum landscape as an outdoor classroom. Participants learn from Children’s Education staff and volunteers about specific hands-on life science topics that may be used or adapted by teachers for their own classrooms and outdoor spaces. Meet and network with other like-minded educators, and engage in life science learning.

Fee: Free

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2017 Mar 27

Woodwork and the Arts of Japan

7:00pm to 8:30pm

Location: 

Hunnewell Building

Material culture in Japan is distinguished by its heavy reliance on wood in art-making. For over a millennium, the rich biomass heritage of the country has provided a foundation for the work of master carpenters and the emergence of a wide array of remarkable techniques for the wood-related arts. Yukio Lippit will examine how wood selection and the materiality of wood conditioned the development of these arts in a Japanese context. His lecture focuses on timber-frame architecture and how Japan’s culture of building provides a lens into the man-nature relationship; Japanese sculpture and...

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2017 Mar 26

Learn to Observe: Tree Spotters Citizen Science

1:00pm to 3:30pm

Location: 

Hunnewell Building

With nearly 4,000 different kinds of plants represented in the Arboretum’s living collections, every day presents rich opportunities to see something new. If you enjoy learning about plants and their unique characteristics, you can contribute to science as a participant in our Tree Spotters program. This citizen science project opens a window into the Arboretum’s phenology: the timing of natural events, such as the leafing out and flowering of trees in the spring and changing foliage colors in the fall. Your observations will assist Arboretum scientists in their studies of the effects of a...

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2017 Mar 25

Planning and Creating a Compact Orchard

9:00am to 11:00am

Location: 

Wakefield Estate, Milton, MA

Become a backyard orchardist and grow your own fruit! Even with a small yard, you can enjoy fruit from your own trees with minimal effort and cost. This step-by-step workshop will teach you all you need to know to plan and create a compact orchard for years of enjoyment. Participants will spend part of the workshop outside in the orchard for a pruning demonstration, so dress accordingly. Space is limited; pre-registration required.
Fee $20 member, $30 nonmember
Offered with the Mary M. B. Wakefield Charitable Trust

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