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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Nature Printmaking

Wednesday, April 26, 4 to 6 p.m.

Using pencils and printmaking foam we will sketch a landscape in relief which will then be covered in printing paint and rolled out onto cardstock to create a beautiful mirror image. Prints resemble wood block carving prints. Each student will be able to make multiple prints on many colors of cardstock.

Hometown Habitat: Stories of Bringing Nature Home

This spring, the Arboretum will present four screenings of an important new documentary film that flips the landscaping paradigm by raising awareness about the critical role native plants play in the survival and vitality of local ecosystems. Join in a lively discussion after the 90-minute film. Admission is free. Final screenings:

Thursday, April 27, 1 to 3 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m.
Cragin Memorial Library, Norton Room, 8 Linwood Avenue, Colchester CT (co-sponsored by Colchester Garden Club and Community Wildlife Habitat of Colchester)

Programs and Activities

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.