SPRING 2022

Connecticut College is committed to maintaining a safe and healthy community.  All public programs will take place outside with appropriate social distancing and masks required.  Registration is required for all programs. Please email arbor@conncoll.edu to confirm your spot.  

New London Drone Orchestra Sunset Serenade
Saturday, April 30, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Join the New London Drone Orchestra for a sunset improvisational sound serenade to spring in the Connecticut College Arboretum. Wear comfortable shoes, bring an extra layer for warmth and a lawn chair or blanket to sit on. Also bring your voice or an acoustic instrument or other soundmaker (no musical experience required!) for participatory opportunities -- or just bring yourself to bask in the sights and sounds.
Enter at the Native Plant Collection at approximately 830 Williams Street and follow the Laurel Walk down to the Outdoor Theater.
Free, no registration required

TOUR IS FULL:  Free Guided Tour: Native Plant Collection
Sunday, May 1, 10 to 11:30 a.m.

Arboretum Docent
This plant collection primarily features trees and shrubs native to eastern North America. May is a great time to see our early azaleas in bloom, wildflowers emerging and the beginnings of spring color.       
The tour will meet at the entrance to the Native Plant Collection which is located at approximately 830 Williams Street. Additional parking is available at 33 Gallows Lane. 
Free, registration required by Friday 4/29 at noon (email arbor@conncoll.edu)

Annual Wildflower Walk
Friday, May 6, 12 noon to 1 p.m.
Miles Schwartz Sax, Arboretum Director and Madison Holland, Horticulturalist
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 Trillium. Bring a picnic lunch to eat by the pond and enjoy a 45-minute walk in the Wildflower Garden.
Enter at the Native Plant Collection at approximately 830 Williams Street and follow the Laurel Walk down to the Outdoor Theater.
Free, no registration required

Free Guided Tour: Caroline Black Garden Tour
Sunday, May 8, 10 to 11:30 a.m.

Arboretum Docent
Also known as the secret garden of Connecticut College, this four-acre garden features native and exotic ornamental trees and shrubs arranged in a series of garden rooms and a Japanese inspired water feature.
The tour will meet at the entrance to the Caroline Black Garden which is located across the street from the main entrance at Connecticut College. Parking is available at 4 Winchester Road which is off of Route 32/Mohegan Avenue.
Free, registration required by Friday 5/6 at noon (email arbor@conncoll.edu)
 

Spring Migrants at the Arboretum
Saturday, May 14, 8 to 10 a.m.

Native birds need native plants, and they find plenty of them with a Roger Tory Peterson Estuary Center teacher-naturalist at the Connecticut College Arboretum! In the forests, we will search for Scarlet Tanagers, Veerys, and numerous Warblers. We will watch swallows feed on insects over the pond, and hummingbirds feeding on the many native flower species. Best for ages 13 and up.
The walk will meet at the entrance to the Native Plant Collection at approximately 830 Williams Street.
$10, Free for members, registration required (https://www.ctaudubon.org/rtp-programs-events/

Music in the Meadow
Friday, June 3, gates open at 6 p.m. and music starts at 6:30 p.m.

Bring your lawn chairs and blankets for an enjoyable, family-friendly outdoor concert in the Arboretum overlooking the pond. This year's lineup features three stellar bands: Ward Hayden & The OutliersThe CarLeans and Kala Farnham. B.Y.O.P. (Bring Your Own Picnic) or enjoy take out from the Munchies food truck!
Enter at the Native Plant Collection at approximately 830 Williams Street and follow the Laurel Walk down to the Outdoor Theater.
$10/person or $20/family (kids under 18), tickets at the gate, cash only

CT Trails Day: Fort Trumbull Peninsula Walk
Saturday, June 4, 10 to 11:15 a.m.

Co-sponsored by New London Trees and Riverside Park Conservancy
Since Colonial times, Fort Trumbull served as the location of various military forts, schools and research facilities for the United States Army, Coast Guard and Navy. On this walk, we will focus on the peninsula’s trees and other plantings (old and new), as we explore the 16-acre state park and its surroundings and share ideas for rejuvenation of the Fort Trumbull neighborhood.
Meet outside the Fort Trumbull Visitor Center entrance at 90 Walbach Street, New London.
Free, registration requested (visit https://trailsday.org/events/fort-trumbull-peninsula-walk/)

Free Guided Tour: Native Plant Collection
Sunday, June 5, 10 to 11:30 a.m.

This plant collection primarily features trees and shrubs native to eastern North America. June is a wonderful time to take in azaleas, magnolias, roses and mountain laurel (pictured above).
The tour will meet at the entrance to the Native Plant Collection which is located at approximately 830 Williams Street. Plenty of parking is available on Williams Street.
Free, registration required by Friday 6/3 at noon (email arbor@conncoll.edu)

New London Tree Walk
Saturday, June 11, 10 a.m.

Maggie Redfern, Associate Director
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.
Meet in front of the Public Library of New London, 63 Huntington Street.
Free, no registration required

Free Guided Tour: Caroline Black Garden
Sunday, June 12, 10 to 11:30 a.m.

Also known as the secret garden of Connecticut College, this four-acre garden features native and exotic ornamental trees and shrubs arranged in a series of garden rooms and a Japanese inspired water feature.
The tour will meet at the entrance to the Caroline Black Garden which is located across the street from the main entrance of Connecticut College on Route 32/Mohegan Avenue. Parking is available at 4 Winchester Road which is accessed by taking the road to the College Athletic Center and an immediate right onto Winchester Road. Then take a right at the first driveway, which leads to the Vinal Cottage parking lot.
Free, registration required by Friday 6/10 at noon (email arbor@conncoll.edu)