We invite you to explore with us from home or at the Arboretum by checking out the activities and resources below.
Working with international dendrochronologists, Anna Von Mertens culled source images of tree ring cross-sections from studies connecting climate variability and periods of human instability. The events represented in her quilts correlate to periods of drought recorded by the tree rings. Fading thread colors mirror and highlight historical events.
Have you ever wondered what happens if you do not mow a lawn? At the Arboretum, we leave certain areas unmown for many reasons: animal and insect population, soil regeneration, and more. Visit the Arboretum with your family to explore these areas and see for yourself! #WonderSpots #OutdoorLearning #GetOutside
Have you ever wondered about the dragonflies and damselflies you see this time of year? Visit the Arboretum’s ponds with your family and check out our newest Wonder Spot to learn about these high fliers. #WonderSpots #OutdoorLearning #GetOutside
This unique show is an invitational of fourteen artists from New England Book Artists. They all use the framework of a book to create a personal vision of nature. Works of art fold, accordion, pop up, and display cut outs and tunnels, treating the traditional world of two dimensions as something permeable, and the traditional book world as a place of personal discovery and reverence.
There are nine bats species in Massachusetts and six of them have been found on the grounds. Visit all six new Bat Wonder Spots to learn how each bat interacts with the environment, hear recordings of bat calls, and participate in some bat myth busting! #WonderSpots #GetOutside #OutdoorLearning
A new app called Expeditions offers visitors with a smartphone a deeper experience with the Arboretum’s notable plants and history of plant collecting.
Visit the Leventritt Shrub and Vine Garden this month with your family to see pollinators at work! Our newest Wonder Spot helps you investigate which flowers attract the most pollinators. #WonderSpots #GetOutside #OutdoorLearning
Learn about plants and wildlife from Arboretum specialists on our YouTube channel.
The Arboretum has partnered with the Google Arts & Culture, an immersive online learning platform, to bring the stories of our plants to life through specially curated online exhibits and image galleries.
Explore the Arboretum at your own pace and gain a richer understanding of this special landscape. Choose from one of many self-guided tours to print in advance or view on your mobile device.
Thirty minutes of nature learning can inspire a lifetime of nature noticing for children and their families.