Arboretum Programs: Spring/Summer 2016

Registration is required for all programs. All programs are free for Connecticut College students. For further information, please call 860-439-5020 or email

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Annual Wildflower Walk
Friday, May 6, noon to 1 p.m.
Glenn Dreyer, Arboretum Director
Meet in the Outdoor Theater of the Native Plant Collection on Williams Street.

On a slope just south of the Laurel Walk lies the Edgerton and Stengel Wildflower Garden, containing 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 Wild Columbine. Bring a picnic lunch to eat by the pond, and then enjoy a 45-minute walk in the woodland garden.

Just for Kids: Wildflower Walk
Friday, May 6, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Caroline Driscoll, Arboretum Volunteer
Meet at the Arboretum entrance on Williams Street.

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.

New London Tree Walk from A to Z
Saturday, May 14
June 18, 10 to 11:30 a.m.
Maggie Redfern, Assistant Director
Meet in the Public Library of New London Community Room, 63 Huntington Street.

Within downtown New London there’s everything from Acer to Zelkova. Urban trees provide a range of benefits from environmental to social. Learn to identify some of the more common and most unusual specimens on the downtown streets and parks. This tour is for anyone interested in nature in the city.

Full Moon Walk
Friday, May 20, 8 to 9 p.m. 
Maggie Redfern, Arboretum Assistant Director
Meet at Arboretum entrance on Williams Street.

Experience the Arboretum in a new light, under the full moon. This night tour will explore the Native Plant Collection and Arboretum pond. Star gaze as you take in the sights and sounds. Bring your family or your favorite person to watch the moon with and a flashlight.

Manitoga Field Trip - Class is full
Tuesday, May 24 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Emily Phillips, Manitoga Landscape Manager
Meet at South Parking Lot for rideshare.

Located an abandoned quarry and surrounding hillside in the Lower Hudson Valley, Manitoga is the house, studio and 75-acre woodland garden of mid-century designer Russel Wright (1904-1976). Join the Arboretum staff for a day trip to this unique landscape uniting art, science, culture, and nature with an ecological aesthetic that is both human and spiritual.

Birding by Ear
Saturday, June 4, 7 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.
Mary Buchanan, Connecticut College Class of ‘14
Meet at the Arboretum entrance on Williams Street.

The Bolleswood Natural Area is an important academic and ecological resource because it is the site of one of the longest studies on breeding bird populations in the country. Different bird species have unique songs, and it’s usually much easier to hear them than it is to see them. Join Mary Buchanan who participated in the 2012 and 2014 breeding bird surveys on a walk to listen for the distinctive sounds of the songbirds and learn about identifying birds by ear.

Painting the Landscape - CLASS IS FULL
Wednesday, June 8, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Julie Garvin Riggs, Florence Griswold Museum
Use Williams Street entrance to the Arboretum; meet at the Outdoor Theater.
$15 members, $20 general public

Capture the beauty of the Arboretum with plein-air painting. This outdoor workshop begins with an introductory lesson about the tools and techniques of Impressionist painters. Participants then paint a landscape overlooking the Arboretum pond. Everyone will leave with their completed painting. For artists of all skill levels and students of all ages. All supplies included.

Save the date: Annual Celebration
Friday, June 10, 6:30 to 9 p.m.
Meet at Olin Science Center Lounge and Auditorium

Arboretum members, volunteers and friends are invited to our annual celebration featuring a talk by mountain laurel expert Andy Brand, Photo Contest awards presentation and volunteer recognition. More details to come.