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All-Ages Insect Safari

Join us for an interactive look at all the tiny critters that crawl, fly, or slither through the Arboretum landscape. We will have sweep nets and bug boxes to catch bugs in Kent Field, some dead bugs to look at up close, and digital microscopes to get a closer look at everything we find. This is an all-ages, interactive program: come prepared to move around and get up close with some bugs and insects!

Accessibility: The home base for this program is across a wooden bridge and up a slight slope with a dirt trail. The meadow that we will primarily be using for catching insects is accessible by a mowed grass trail.

Audience: This program is appropriate for all ages.

Inclement weather policy: Participants will be notified via email at least 24 hours in advance if a program needs to be cancelled due to inclement weather, and will be notified by phone if a program must be cancelled with less than 24 hours’ notice. Click here to view our full inclement weather policy. If you have questions about the status of a program, please email or call the Visitor Center desk between 10:00am and 4:00pm at (617) 384-5209.

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Aug 24 2024


10:30 am - 12:00 pm

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Bridge off of Hemlock Hill Road
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Bridge off of Hemlock Hill Road


Learn about accessibility at the Arboretum.

Bridge off of Hemlock Hill Road

By subway

Take the MBTA Orange Line to its southern end—Forest Hills. Exit through the door marked “Arnold Arboretum,” cross Washington Street, and take a left and walk up Washington Street. Enter the Washington Street Gate and walk along Blackwell Footpath. Cross the road and enter South Street Gate. Walk along Rhododendron Path and take a left onto Hemlock Hill Road. Walk three minutes down the road: the bridge will be on your right.

By bus

Take the #35 or #38 bus to Centre Street opposite Walter Street. Cross Centre Street onto Walter Street, and after a short distance, take a left onto Bussey Street. Enter the Arboretum through Bussey Street Gate and walk straight down Hemlock Hill Road for three minutes. The bridge will be on your left.

By car

There is public parking available along Bussey Street. Enter through Bussey Street Gate and walk straight down Hemlock Hill Road for three minutes. The bridge will be on your left.