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Fireflies in a field with a stone path running through it

Finding Fireflies

When the sun sets and darkness settles on the Arboretum for the night, every now and then the dark is interrupted by the flash of a firefly. Join Professor Adam South of Tufts University for an evening Firefly Walk to learn about the lives of the fireflies that live here, the mechanics of how they light up, and how these unique insects are being impacted by pesticides and light pollution.

Accessibility: This program involves walking on paved roads and mulched paths and climbing moderate slopes. Sunset is at 8:15pm, so part of this program will take place after dark.

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.

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Jun 13 2024


8:30 pm - 9:30 pm

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Learn about accessibility at the Arboretum.

Peters Hill Gate

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. Exit through the Bussey Street Gate at the end of Hemlock Hill Road. Cross Bussey Street to Peters Hill Gate.

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. Peters Hill Gate will be on the right.

By car

There is public parking available along Bussey Street. Take care not to park on the sidewalk or you will risk a ticket.