SPRING 2021

Connecticut College is committed to maintaining a safe and healthy community. The Arboretum will host a limited number of programs during the spring 2021 semester. 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.

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FALL 2020 Past Programs

TOUR FULL:  Free Guided Tour: Native Plant Collection
Sunday, September 6, 10 to 11:30 a.m.

Arboretum Docent
This plant collection primarily features trees and shrubs native to eastern North America. September is a great time to see our meadows in bloom, fruits forming on many plants and the beginnings of fall color.
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. (Public access to the College through the main entrance on Mohegan Avenue is currently restricted.) 
Free, registration required by Friday 9/4 at 5 p.m.

TOUR FULL:  Free Guided Tour: Caroline Black Garden Tour
Sunday, September 13, 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 9/11 at 5 p.m.

International Coastal Cleanup
Saturday, September 19, 9:30 to 11 a.m.

The International Coastal Cleanup began more than 30 years ago, when communities rallied together with the common goal of collecting and documenting the trash littering their coastline. The Arboretum is coordinating the New London cleanup at Ocean Beach Park and the Alewife Cove Tidal Creek. Please join us!
Meet at the Garden Gateway entrance to the Nature Trail at the western end of the Ocean Beach parking lot, 98 Neptune Avenue, New London.
Free, registration required by Friday 9/18 at 5 p.m.

Family Scavenger Hunt
September 19, 1:30 to 3 p.m.
Join a Roger Tory Peterson Estuary Center teacher-naturalist in exploring everything the Arboretum has to offer! Listen for birds, look for animal signs, and discover the Native Plant Collection all while trying to complete our family scavenger hunt!
Free to CT Audubon Society/Arboretum members; $10 non-members
Registration required
(https://www.ctaudubon.org/rtp-programs-events/)

Free Guided Tour: Native Plant Collection
Sunday, October 4, 10 to 11:30 a.m.

Arboretum Docent
This plant collection primarily features trees and shrubs native to eastern North America. October is a great time to see our meadows in bloom, fruits forming on many plants and the beginnings of fall color.
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. (Public access to the College through the main entrance on Mohegan Avenue is currently restricted.) 
Free, registration required by Friday 10/2 at 12 noon.

Free Guided Tour: Caroline Black Garden Tour
Sunday, October 11, 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 10/9 at 12 noon.

TOUR FULL:  Free Guided Tour: Benham Meadow Exploration
Sunday, October 18, 9:30 to 11 a.m.

Take a tour of the meadows near Mamacoke Island.  Explore both naturally occurring meadows and areas that were cleared and seeded nearly two decades ago with native grasses and wildflowers. Learn about how the different fields have developed and been maintained as early successional habitat for conservation purposes. We’ll also be identifying the diversity of goldenrods, asters, other wildflowers and grasses found in the 12-acre area.
The tour will meet at the east end of Benham Avenue, Waterford/ Quaker Hill. Take route 32 north and turn right on Benham Avenue. Meet and park at the east end, just before the railroad crossing. Parking area: (41.386618, -72.100561). 
Free, registration required by Friday 10/17 at 12 noon. 

Full Moon Walk
Friday, October 30, 8 to 9 p.m. EST
Experience the Arboretum in a new light, under the Blue Moon. This night tour led by Maggie Redfern, Arboretum assistant director, will explore best spots for viewing the moon 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. (Rain cancels event.)
Meet at Arboretum entrance on Williams Street.
Free, registration required by Friday 10/30 at 12 noon.

Guided Tour: Native Plant Collection
Sunday, November 1, 10 to 11:30 a.m. EST

Arboretum Docent
This plant collection primarily features trees and shrubs native to eastern North America. October is a great time to see our meadows in bloom, fruits forming on many plants and the beginnings of fall color.
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. (Public access to the College through the main entrance on Mohegan Avenue is currently restricted.) 
Free, registration required by Friday 10/30 at 12 noon.

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

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 11/6 at 12 noon.

Ongoing: Read poetry by One Book One Region 2020 author Joy Harjo while walking nature paths at Connecticut College. Poetry walks can be found in the Native Plant Collection and Caroline Black Garden. 

Poetry walks are self-guided and ongoing. They will be in the landscape from September 7 through November 2, conditions permitting.
Free, no registration required.