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Arnold Arboretum
Pam Thompson

Pam Thompson

Manager of Adult Education

125 Arborway
Boston, MA 02130
Phone: 617.384.5277
Fax: 617.524.1418


MS Communications Management, Simmons College
BA French Studies, Mount Holyoke College

As manager of adult education, I develop a range of programs to encourage interest in and exploration of horticulture, gardening, natural sciences, and landscape. Our programs reach a range of community members, from professional horticulturists to avid home gardeners and novices. No matter what level of knowledge and experience you may bring to one of our classes, you are guaranteed to leave with some new nugget of understanding, and typically, a load of practical information. I strive to identify instructors and topics that will deliver “aha” moments and expand curiosity about the natural world, about the interactions between plants and animals, about the human propensity to plant seeds and make gardens.

I have taken numerous art and landscape design classes since graduating from Mount Holyoke College. In May 2010, I received a master’s degree in communications management from Simmons College.  Outside of work,I garden with my three cats and play ice hockey year-round with several women’s teams.

I’ve recently committed to Climb Against the Odds with the Breast Cancer Fund, raising awareness for the environmental links to breast cancer. In June, I’ll climb Mt. Shasta (14,179-ft.) in northern California. Read a Harvard Gazette article about my motivation for signing on to this enormous physical challenge. Learn about the climb and the cause.  I’ll be running the hills of the Arboretum and training in the Blue Hills between now and June. Encouragement is welcome!

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