Wild Ones: Authentic, Immediate, and Alive: Learning from Wild Landscapes
Saturday, January 20, 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Toby Wolf, Wolf Landscape Architecture
Meet in New London Hall, Classroom 101.
Free, no registration required
Naturally occurring landscapes can offer inspiration that goes beyond their structure and species composition. Toby will demonstrate how the experiential qualities of wild places can be translated into designed landscapes — urban or suburban, large or small, planted or paved that feel authentic, immediate, and alive. Toby will be speaking at the 29th Annual Landscape Design Symposium at Conn College on Friday and we are fortunate to have him stay an extra night to present for Wild Ones.

Winter Waterfowl
Saturday, February 3, 9 to 11 a.m.
Robert Askins, Katharine Blunt Professor of Biology
Meet and park at the east end of Benham Avenue (Waterford) just before the railroad tracks.
$10 (free members), registration required
The section of the Thames River from Mamacoke Island to Smith Cove is one of the best spots in eastern Connecticut to see wintering waterfowl. The site includes three coves and two salt ponds that provide important habitat for a variety of ducks that spend the winter in Connecticut. Consequently this site, which is a natural area within the Connecticut College Arboretum, has been designated as an Important Bird Area by the National Audubon Society. During winter, the coves support several waterfowl species plus Bald Eagles, Pied-billed Grebes and American Coots. Dress for the weather. Scopes will be provided.

Botany Centennial Celebration: A Connecticut College Legacy
Monday, February 5, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Chad Jones, Professor of Botany and Chair of the Botany Department
Meet in Cummings Arts Center, Oliva Hall.
Free, registration requested
Join the botany department for this talk, reception and exhibition to kick off a yearlong celebration of its first 100 years. The exhibition "100 Herbarium Specimens for 100 Years of Botany at Connecticut College" created by Georgia Hann CC'18 will be on view in the Cummings White Box Gallery (on the third floor of Cummings) February 5 through 10.

Wild Ones: Biological Control of Swallow-worts and other Invasive Weeds
Saturday, February 10, 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Lisa Tewksbury, Research Associate and Manager, Biocontrol Lab, URI
Meet in New London Hall, Classroom 101.
Free, no registration required

Tap into Maple Syrup Production
Saturday, February 24, 10 a.m. to noon
Jim Luce, Supervisor of Grounds
Meet in Olin Science Center Lounge.
$10 (free members), registration required
Enjoy time outdoors making one of nature’s sweet treats. Maple syrup starts to run in late winter when temperatures climb above freezing during the day and drop back below freezing at night. Participants will learn how to identify different species of maple trees, install a spile and safely produce syrup.

Urban Gardening Series at the Public Library of New London
This series of classes designed to help city dwellers grow healthy, sustainable and beautiful urban gardens.
Tuesdays, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Meet in the Community Room, 63 Huntington Street, New London.
Free, registration suggested (sign up for one, two or all three)

February 27, Ecological Landscaping with Maggie Redfern, Connecticut College Arboretum
Are you interested in cultivating a garden that is in harmony with nature? This presentation will introduce environmentally sound practices including planting native plants, removing exotic invasive plants, letting naturalized plants grow, minimizing water consumption, reducing fossil fuel usage, and not using chemical fertilizers and pesticides.
March 6, Landscaping for Wildlife with Kim Hargrave, Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center
As open spaces shrink, wildlife becomes dependent on our yards for survival. No matter where you live or the size your yard, it can become an important part of animal’s life. Attracting pollinators, birds and butterflies will all be covered.
March 13, Creating Rain Gardens with Mike Dietz, NEMO Program Director
Rain gardens are increasingly being used to reduce stormwater pollution in Connecticut. Besides performing this important function, they can also enhance the landscape of your yard. This presentation will provide information on how to design, site, size, install and maintain rain gardens. 

Winter Tree Identification Workshop
Saturday, March 3, 10 a.m. to noon
Mary Villa, Arboretum Curator
Meet in New London Hall, Classroom 101.
Free, registration required
It is fairly easy to identify many trees by their leaves but once the leaves have fallen, it can be challenging. This workshop starts indoors with a brief introduction to plant identification using keys. Then we will head outside to look at deciduous, native trees while they are dormant. Observing trees as a whole, with their unique bark and branching patterns, twigs, buds, any leftover fruit and persistent leaves, helps them become recognizable – even during the winter.

Class is FULL**The Art and Science of Pruning
Saturday, March 31, 10 a.m. to noon
Jim Luce, Supervisor of Grounds
Meet in New London Hall, Classroom 101.
$10 (free members), registration required
Trees and shrubs thrive with judicious pruning. This workshop will cover what, when, how and why to prune. Topics covered will include training young trees and shrubs to avoid future problems, renovating overgrown shrubs and pruning hedges. After a brief lecture inside, participants will go outside to view pruning demonstrations on campus plantings.

Growing Plants from Seed
Wednesday, April 4, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Maggie Redfern, Arboretum Assistant Director and Leigh Knuttel, Horticulturalist
Meet in New London Hall, Botany Lab, Room 112.
$25 ($15 members), registration required
From annuals and perennials to trees and shrubs, success can be achieved if you understand what triggers germination and the growing process. This workshop is for beginners and those who have been frustrated in past attempts to transform seed to seedling. Students will leave class with a selection of potted seeds.

Nature Art Greeting Cards
Friday, April 20, 3 to 4:30 p.m.
Sean Kane, MSW and Artist
Use Williams Street entrance to the Arboretum, meet at Buck Lodge.
$10 ($5 members); registration required
Join with other nature enthusiasts to forage for emerging leaves and flowers, then create greeting cards to welcome the joys of the season. All supplies included.

Walk is full**Spring Bird Walk
Saturday, April 21, 7:30 to 9 a.m.
Jack Beltz, Conn Coll Class of 2018
Meet at Arboretum entrance on Williams Street.
Free, reservations required
The Arboretum has provided important habitat for birds since its founding. Learn how to use field marks, habitat and behavior as aids to identify year-round residents and fall migrating birds. Bring binoculars if you have them. Walk is limited to 20 people.

Painting the Landscape
Wednesday, April 25, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. 
Julie Riggs, Florence Griswold Museum Art Educator
Use Williams Street entrance to the Arboretum, meet at Buck Lodge.
$20 ($15 members); registration required
Capture the beauty of the Arboretum with plein-air painting. This outdoor workshop begins with an introductory lesson about the tools and techniques of the American Impressionist painters. Students then paint a landscape using authentic artist’s materials (acrylic paints, palette, brushes, canvas board, and smock) down by the Arboretum Pond. Each participant will leave with a completed landscape painting. For artists of all levels and students of all ages. All supplies included.

Full Moon Walk
Sunday, April 29, 8 to 9 p.m.
Kim Hargrave, Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center
Meet at Arboretum entrance on Williams Street.
Free
Experience the Arboretum in a new light, under the full moon. This tour will explore the Campus and Native Plant Collection. Star gaze as you take in the sights and sounds. Bring your favorite person to watch the moon with and a flashlight.

Annual Wildflower Walk
Friday, May 4, noon to 1 p.m.
Glenn Dreyer, Arboretum Director
Use Williams Street entrance to the Arboretum; meet at the Outdoor Theater.
Free
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 then enjoy a 45-minute walk in the Wildflower Garden.

Just for Kids: Wildflower Walk
Friday, May 4, 4 to 5 p.m.
Caroline Driscoll, Arboretum Volunteer
Meet at Arboretum entrance on Williams Street.
Free, reservations requested
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.

Annual Friends Celebration: Azalea Garden Walk and Reception
Thursday, May 24, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Meet at Arboretum entrance on Williams Street.
Free members, reservations required
Established 40 years ago, the Nancy Moss Fine Azalea Garden displays 18 different types indigenous to eastern North America. At least one species can be found in bloom from late April through mid-August. This tour coincides with what we anticipate to be peak bloom time, so you are sure to experience the variety of fragrance and color.

CT Trails Day: Goodwin Natural Area
Saturday, June 2, 10 a.m. to 12 noon
Maggie Redfern, Arboretum Assistant Director
Meet at 33 Gallows Lane, New London.
Free
Walk along Bolles Road through the Goodwin Natural Area north of Gallows Lane. This forested area serves as an example of natural change and development over time. Features include a mountain laurel understory, rocky outcrops, stone walls and the foundation of a Colonial farmstead. This will be a rugged walk covering approximately 3 miles. Participants should dress in long pants and wear appropriate shoes.

7th Annual Music in the Meadow
Sunday, June 3, gates at 4 p.m. music starts at 4:30 p.m. 
Meets in the Arboretum Outdoor Theater
$10 adults, $5 kids (cash only)
Bring your lawn chairs and blankets for an enjoyable, family-friendly outdoor concert! Munchies Food Truck will be on site and/or B.Y.O.P. (Bring Your Own Picnic).

Tree Climbing Competition
Saturday, June 9, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Meet at Chapel Green along Williams Street.
Free
Each year the New England Chapter of the International Society of Arboriculture (NEC-ISA) brings together some of the most skilled climbers in the industry. Five climbing events measure professional tree climbers abilities; tours of Native Plant Collection and a Kids Tree Climb ($10 suggested donation per child) and other activities.

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