Families in Boston often avoid being outdoors for fun when the weather turns damp, dark, and chilly. Nonetheless, when wintery weather came to us on Sunday in the form of rain and wind, a joyful group of children and adults ventured out in the landscape to read and run about, and the chickadees showed up when summoned. Unlike the featured StoryWalk, The Longest Night, there was no snow on the ground but we did have a hidden sun behind grey skies. Preceding the outdoor adventure was an indoor activity making paper chickadees with imaginative interpretations of chickadee markings!

Who knows what our winter weather holds? Find out how to enjoy the outdoors next month when we explore evergreens, both outdoors and indoors. Young scientists will touch, smell, compare and contrast, and use microscopes to enhance their discoveries about trees that keep their leaves year-round. Join us on Sunday, January 20!

Child doing bird papercraft
Child making papercraft bird
Children and storywalk sign

From “free” to “friend”…

Established in 1911 as the Bulletin of Popular Information, Arnoldia has long been a definitive forum for conversations about temperate woody plants and their landscapes. In 2022, we rolled out a new vision for the magazine as a vigorous forum for tales of plant exploration, behind-the-scenes glimpses of botanical research, and deep dives into the history of gardens, landscapes, and science. The new Arnoldia includes poetry, visual art, and literary essays, following the human imagination wherever it entangles with trees.

It takes resources to gather and nurture these new voices, and we depend on the support of our member-subscribers to make it possible. But membership means more: by becoming a member of the Arnold Arboretum, you help to keep our collection vibrant and our research and educational mission active. Through the pages of Arnoldia, you can take part in the life of this free-to-all landscape whether you live next door or an ocean away.

For more tree-entangled art, science, and writing, subscribe to Arnoldia by becoming a member of the Arnold Arboretum.