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Chainsaw Safety for Women

Join Arborist Apprentice Delia Mahoney and Gardener Maren Gunning for a class on chainsaw maintenance and safety, designed specifically for women. Learn how to develop safe work habits, use proper PPE, maintain your chainsaw, and make effective cuts. The class will also cover the ergonomics of chainsaw use for women, so that you can wield a chainsaw without acute or repetitive strain injuries.

This class will start indoors with lecture and discussion, and then move out to the horticulture garage for some demonstrations of proper chainsaw use. Participants will not operate chainsaws during this class, and do not need to bring their own chainsaws. You are encouraged to bring your own safety glasses and earplugs if you have them, but there will be PPE available to borrow as well.

The Massachusetts Arborists Association will be granting one MCA safety credit for this class.

Accessibility: This program takes place indoors and on paved surfaces a short walk from the lecture hall.

Audience: This program is geared towards adults.

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.


Mar 23 2024


10:30 am - 12:30 pm

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Hunnewell Lecture Hall
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Learn about accessibility at the Arboretum.

Hunnewell Lecture Hall

By subway

Take the MBTA Orange Line to its southern end—Forest Hills. Exit through the door marked “Arnold Arboretum,” cross Washington Street, and walk up Arborway to the Arboretum’s Forest Hills Gate on your left. To reach the Arboretum’s Arborway Gate and the Hunnewell Building, continue along the sidewalk on the Arborway to the Arborway Gate (about 12 minutes), or go through the gate, bear right at the pond, and continue to the Hunnewell Building, which will be on your left. The Lecture Hall is located inside the Hunnewell Building.

By bus

Take the #39 bus to the South Street @ Bardwell Street stop in Jamaica Plain. Walk down South Street away from Bardwell Street, take a right on Custer Street, and walk down Custer Street until it ends. Turn right and walk about 300 feet down Arborway to the Arboretum’s Arborway Gate, which will be across the street. The Lecture Hall is located in the Hunnewell Building, just inside the gate on your right.

By car

There is public parking available on Arborway, including six designated accessible spots on either side of Arborway gate.