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Skip the Small Talk (And Walk!)

The Arboretum is partnering with Skip the Small Talk to help visitors get to know each other (and themselves) on a deeper level, all while walking through the beautiful Arboretum landscape. With conversational prompts posted at strategic points around the landscape, we’ll pair you off and send you on your way to start your conversation. Each time we reach a stopping point, the group will shuffle and everyone will get a new partner and a new topic. The prompts and structure are designed to create close connections with new people, without all the awkwardness.

Can’t make this event? The signs will be out in the landscape for a month after the program, so grab a friend and start talking!

This program covers about two miles, including mulch and gravel paths, mowed grass, and pavement.

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.


Jun 29 2024


2:00 pm - 3:15 pm

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in front of the Hunnewell Building
125 Arborway, Jamaica Plain, MA
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in front of the Hunnewell Building


Learn about accessibility at the Arboretum.

in front of the Hunnewell Building

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.

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 Hunnewell Building is 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.