Arboretum Programs: Fall 2017

Registration is required for all programs (except where noted). Please call 860-439-5020 or email arbor@conncoll.edu.

Programs are free for Connecticut College students. 

To make a payment online, go to our secure online registration. Please include program title(s) in the "Item(s) Purchased" line. **Please note that Holiday Wreath Making is full - do not submit online payment. Please call or email to be put on waiting list.**

Looking for tours? See the "Visiting the Arboretum" page for more information.

 
Guided Tour: Native Plant Collection
Sunday, September 3, 2017, 10 a.m.- 11:30 a.m.
Meet at entrance of Olin Science Center
Free

WILD ONES: Exploring Native Wood, Wetland and Meadow Communities
Saturday, September 9, 2 to 4 p.m.
Maggie Jones, botanist and Executive Director, Denison Pequotsepos/Coogan Farm Nature & Heritage Center
Meet at Coogan Farm, 162 Greenmanville Ave, Mystic.
Free, no registration required
Take a hike through the interconnected greenway that includes Nature Center, Denison Homestead and Avalonia Land Conservancy lands. We will observe a variety of habitats, the key native plants that define each community as well as more unusual species. In addition, Maggie will discuss the management practices being used to preserve and restore certain areas. Mild terrain at a slow/moderate pace. Wear sturdy walking shoes or hiking boots and bring a water bottle. Don’t forget a hat and insect repellent.

Guided Tour: Caroline Black Garden
Sunday, September 10, 2017, 10 a.m.- 11:30 a.m.
Meet at entrance of Olin Science Center
Free

Hodges Square Neighborhood Tree Walk
Saturday, September 16, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Meet at Riverside Park, park at Winthrop Elementary School, 74 Grove St. New London.
Free, no registration required
This tour will explore the diverse collection of trees in Riverside Park and the Hodges Square neighborhood. The tour concludes at the 7th annual Down by the Riverside Festival featuring live music, children’s activities and a picnic lunch.
Co-sponsors: Riverside Park Conservancy and Hodges Square Village Association

Alewife Cove Nature Walk
Thursday, September 21, 5:15 to 6:30 p.m.
Louise Fabrykiewicz, Naturalist
Meet at west end of the Ocean Beach Park parking lot at the Garden Gateway, New London.
Free; no registration required
Come enjoy a panoramic view of the Long Island Sound and observe several coastal habitats including a tidal creek, salt marsh, estuary, dunes and sandy shores. Learn about many native plants that provide food and shelter for birds and other inhabitants of the coastal ecosystem.
Co-sponsor: Save Ocean Beach

Painting the Landscape
Wednesday, September 27, 4 to 6 p.m.
Julie Riggs, Florence Griswold Museum Art Educator
Use Williams Street entrance to the Arboretum, meet at the Outdoor Theater/Buck Lodge.
$20 (members $15); registration required
Capture the beauty of the Arboretum with plein-air painting. This outdoor workshop begins with an introductory lesson about the tools and techniques of the American Impressionist painters. Students then paint a landscape using authentic artist’s materials (acrylic paints, palette, brushes, canvas board, and smock) down by the Arboretum Pond. Each participant will leave with a completed landscape painting. For artists of all levels and students of all ages. All supplies included.

Guided Tour: Native Plant Collection
Sunday, October 1, 2017, 10 a.m.- 11:30 a.m.
Meet at entrance of Olin Science Center
Free

Invasive Plants Talk and Walk
Sunday, October 1, 2 to 4 p.m.
Leigh Knuttel, Arboretum Horticulturalist
Meet at 33 Gallows Lane.
Free; registration required
Invasive plants have replaced native species in many different habitats in Connecticut. When native plants are displaced, the diversity of native birds, insects, animals and plants may be decreased and ecosystem functions may be negatively affected. Learn to identify the most common invasive plants and techniques to eradicate or control them.

Williams Park Tree Walk
Friday, October 6, 5 to 6 p.m.
Maggie Redfern, Arboretum Assistant Director
Meet at the corner of Broad and Williams Streets, New London.
Free; no registration required
Visit the oldest park in the city to learn about twelve of the more common trees in New London. Established in 1858, the park has many mature trees and several newer plantings. The tour coincides with the weekly (through October) farmers’ market.
Co-sponsors: New London Parks Conservancy and New London Field of Greens Market

Tree Identification Workshop
Saturday, October 7, 10 a.m. to noon
Jim Luce, Campus Grounds Supervisor
Meet at New London Hall, Botany Lab room 112.
$10 (members free); registration required
Have you ever wondered which kind of birch, oak or maple is growing in your backyard? Ever wished you had a simple guide to getting the right name for the trees you pass by every day? Join Jim Luce for a workshop that will provide you with the means to identify most of the trees you’ll find in southern New England. The first half hour will be in the classroom, the rest outdoors. Bring a copy of Harlow’s Tree ID book or purchase one ($10)during registration and pick up at class.

Guided Tour: Caroline Black Garden
Sunday, October 8, 2017, 10 a.m.- 11:30 a.m.
Meet at entrance of Olin Science Center
Free

WILD ONES: Tour of Sustainability in a Small Farm Operation
Saturday, October 14, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Tom Kalal, Cranberry Meadow Farm Owner
Meet at 80 Grassy Hill Road, East Lyme
Free; registration required (by Oct. 8)
Cranberry Meadow Farm operates on 26 acres owned by Tom and Nancy Kalal and 20 acres of adjoining land. The Kalals produce all their own vegetables, as well as humanely raise oxen, beef cattle, pigs, chickens (for meat and eggs) and honeybees. Much of the acreage is used to produce forage quality hay. Tom and Nancy will discuss the sustainable agricultural practices they use to protect the environment. A pot luck lunch will follow the tour. Bring a dish to share and your own chair. In case of rain, dress accordingly and bring an umbrella.

David Smalley Sculpture Tour
Wednesday, October 18, 5 to 6:00 p.m.
Barbara Zabel, Professor Emeritus of Art History and David Smalley Memorial Exhibition guest curator
Meet at the Ad Astra Garden at the north side of Tempel Green.
Free; no registration required
Join Barbara Zabel for a tour of David Smalley sculptures exhibited on the campus landscape of Connecticut College and the grounds of the Lyman Allyn Art Museum. Several of David’s colleagues will add their thoughts about the sculptures and their work with David. Artist and New London native David Smalley (1940-2015), pioneered the use of computer technology as a tool for creating sculpture, and founded the Center for Arts and Technology at Connecticut College, where he taught studio art for three decades.

Collecting Seeds for Propagation
Saturday, October 21, 9 a.m. to noon
Maggie Redfern, Arboretum Assistant Director
Meet in New London Hall, Botany Lab room 112.
$25 (members $15); registration required
There’s nothing more satisfying to a gardener than growing plants from seed. From wildflowers and perennials to trees and shrubs, success can be achieved if you understand what and when to collect to make it happen. Following a lecture in the classroom, we will collect seeds from the Arboretum grounds. Bring hand pruners if you have them. You will leave class with numerous seeds to care for.

All About Autumn Color Tour
Sunday, October 22, 10 to 11:30 a.m.
Glenn Dreyer, Arboretum Director
Meet in front of the Olin Science Center.
Free; no registration required
New England is one of the best places in the world to enjoy the annual color that happens before our deciduous forests drop their leaves for winter. This walk across campus and through the Native Plant Collection, will highlight some of the most reliable species for adding fall color to your garden and review the processes that lead to the brilliant reds, yellows, oranges and purples.

Mamacoke Mysteries Revealed
Sunday, October 29, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Beverly Chomiak, Senior Lecturer in Geology and Environmental Studies
Meet and park at the east end of Benham Avenue (Waterford) just before the railroad tracks.
$10 (members free); registration required
Through the study of geology, we come to understand how the earth came to be. Participants will climb the island, from sand flats to rock-strewn summit, and learn the story of Mamacoke’s long and complex history. This will be a rugged walk; participants should dress in long pants and wear appropriate shoes.

Just for Kids: “If I Were an Oak Tree”
Friday, November 3, 4 to 5 p.m.
Caroline Driscoll, Arboretum Volunteer
Meet at Arboretum entrance on Williams Street.
Free; no registration required
Did you ever think about how different your life would be if you couldn’t move from place to place? For this hour, kids will imagine what it is like to be a majestic white oak tree. Through games, crafts and fun, kids will learn about trees. Ages 4-10, accompanied by an adult.

Full Moon Walk
Friday, November 3, 7 to 8 p.m.
Maggie Redfern, Arboretum Assistant Director
Meet at Arboretum entrance on Williams Street.
Free; no registration required
Experience the Arboretum in a new light, under the Beaver Moon. This night tour will explore best spots for viewing the moon on campus and in the Native Plant Collection. Star gaze as you take in the sights and sounds. Bring your family, your favorite person to watch the moon with and a flashlight.

Guided Tour: Native Plant Collection
Sunday, November 5, 2017, 10 a.m.- 11:30 a.m.
Meet at entrance of Olin Science Center
Free

SALT Conference: A Down to Earth Look at Soils
Saturday, November 11, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Cummings Art Center, Oliva Hall (note location change)
$65 before Nov. 1/$80 after ($55 before Nov. 1/$70 after Members); registration required

Guided Tour: Caroline Black Garden
Sunday, November 12, 2017, 10 a.m.- 11:30 a.m.
Meet at entrance of Olin Science Center
Free

Holiday Wreath Making Workshop *Class is full*
Saturday, December 2, 9 a.m. to noon
Leigh Knuttel, Horticulturalist and Mary Villa, Curator
Meet at 33 Gallows Lane.
$40; ($30 members); registration required
This festive Arboretum event takes place every year during the holiday season. After a brief demonstration, participants will begin practicing the craft of wreath-making. Each participant will go home with an extraordinary wreath for holiday decorating. Bring hand pruners and any other embellishments you wish to incorporate. Everything else will be provided. Space is limited, register early.

 

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