The Connecticut College Arboretum provides a welcome connection with the natural world, offering opportunities for teaching, research, conservation, recreation and public education.

The Arboretum is open to the public seven days a week from dawn to dusk.

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Summer 2017 Guided Tours

First and Second Sunday of each month - May through October

Join one of the Arboretum's knowledgable docents for a free guided tour. The first Sunday of each month will be a tour of the Native Plant Collection and the second Sunday will be of the Caroline Black Garden. Tours are generally 1 to 1.5 hours long. All tours start promptly at 10 a.m. with the exception of Mother's Day on May 14 which starts at 2 p.m. Registration is not required. Please meet at the entrance of Olin Science Center on campus for all tours.

Visiting the Arboretum

Photo Contest Reception on Arbor Day

Friday, April 28, 4 to 5 p.m.

Unity House on the campus of Connecticut College.

Prizes for the Annual Photo Contest will be announced, light refreshments served. Exhibition on view through May 24.

Annual Wildflower Walk

Friday, May 5, 12 to 1 p.m.

On a slope just south of the Laurel Walk lies the Edgerton and Stengel Wildflower Garden, containting over 75 species of wildflowers. Some of the flowers you can expect to see include: Jack-in-the-pulpit, Virginia Blue Bells, Wild Geranium, Solomon's Seal and Trillium. Bring a picnic lunch to eat by the pond, and then enjoy a 45-minute walk in the Wildflower Garden

Just for Kids: Wildflower Walk

Friday, May 5, 4 to 5 p.m.

Through interactive play, children will learn the identity of several types of wildflowers. They will then test their newly acquired skills on a walk in the Wildflower Garden to find the real living flowers. Appropriate for ages 4 to 10, accompanied by an adult.

Bonsai Workshop

Sunday, May 7, 2 to 5 p.m.

Meet in New London Hall, room 112

This program will demystify the ancient horticultural art form of bonsai. Following a lecture and demonstration, participants will begin working on a small plant to start on its path towards being a bonsai. With a focus on care and maintenance learn all the basics of bonsai design with Todd Hansen of Sanctuary Bonsai. Price of this workshop is $45 ($35 members).