Arboretum Garden Tours
Native Plants - Sep 2, Oct 7, Nov 4
Caroline Black Garden - Sep 9, Oct 14, Nov 11
Meet in front of the Olin Science Center.
Free, no registration required
Take a guided tour to learn more about the plants in our collections. Tours last 60 to 90 minutes.

Coastal Conservation of the Niering Natural Area Preserve (Goshen Cove, Waterford)
Wild Ones is hosting a special 2-part program focused on the Niering Natural Area Preserve that is part of Harkness Memorial State Park in Waterford, CT. On Wednesday, September 5, a multidisciplinary panel of experts will discuss the history, progress and challenges for stewardship of this special conservation area. On the following Saturday, September 8, there will be a guided hike of the preserve led by the same experts. Both events are free and open to the public. (Reservations are required for the hike only as capacity is limited.) See additional details below:

Panel discussion: Wednesday, September 5, 7 to 9 p.m.
Meet in Bill Hall, Silfen Auditorium.
Free, no registration required
Learn from our expert panel about changes to the landscape and how this has affected the plant and animal communities of Goshen Cove NAP, which was renamed in 2000 to honor William A. Niering, renowned educator, scientist and conservationist, who conducted a detailed survey of its flora in the 1990’s.
Moderator: Daisy Small, Adjunct Professor of Botany, Connecticut College
Panelists: Ralph Lewis, former CT State Geologist; Joel Stocker, Waterford Land Trust; Jane Seymour and Laura Saucier, Wildlife Division, CT DEEP
Guided hike: Saturday, September 8, 10 a.m. to noon
Meet at Harkness Memorial State Park, Waterford, CT (exact location will be sent upon registration).
Free, registration required (space is limited)
The trail will take us through various tidal and upland plant communities including dunes, salt marsh, open fields and meadows that were surveyed by William Niering. We will walk from the parking lot to the Enders house on Great Neck Rd, then hike through the former Enders estate just west of Goshen Cove. Easy terrain, approximately 1 mile.

Native Fern ID Workshop **Class is Full**
Sunday, September 9, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Use Williams Street entrance to the Native Plant Collection, meet at Buck Lodge.
$25 ($15 members Arboretum or CBS)
This workshop will be an introduction to the native ferns of New England by John Burns, former Administrative Coordinator for the Plant Conservation Volunteer Program at the New England Wildflower Society. In the morning we will learn the basics of fern morphology, ecology, development and evolution. Through lecture, slides, herbarium specimens and microscopic examination learn to distinguish between common ferns.
This will prepare us for our afternoon foray into the Wildflower Garden where we’ll find a dozen fern species. The goal is to turn course participants into skilled fern-observers: when next you see a fern you’ll understand what it is, what it does, how it does it, and where it came from, evolutionarily-speaking. Some keying of fern specimens will be involved.
Bring a lunch and a hand lens if you have one.
Co-sponsor: Connecticut Botanical Society

Rocks & River Birds
Saturday, September 15, 9 to 11 a.m.
Meet and park at the east end of Benham Avenue (Waterford) just before the railroad tracks.
$10 ($5 members Arboretum or CT Audubon)
Designated as an Important Bird Area by the National Audubon Society, Mamacoke Island and the surrounding bodies of water are home to a diverse array of bird species. Located on the Thames River, this natural area within the Connecticut College Arboretum also offers a stunning geological experience, as cliffs rise dramatically from the center of the island, and numerous geological features can be seen throughout. Join geology field guide Beverly Chomiak, Senior Lecturer in Geology and Environmental Studies, and a teacher/naturalist from the Roger Tory Peterson Estuary Center and as we explore this unique island and search for birds on the river. Participants should dress in long pants and wear sturdy shoes.
To register visit or call 860-598-4218.
Co-sponsor: Roger Tory Peterson Estuary Center

Full Moon Walk
Monday, September 24, 8 to 9 p.m.
Meet at Arboretum entrance on Williams Street.
Free; no registration required
Experience the Arboretum in a new light, under the Harvest Moon with Maggie Redfern, Arboretum interim director. This night tour will explore best spots for viewing the moon on campus and in the Native Plant Collection. Stargaze as you take in the sights and sounds. Bring your family, your favorite person to watch the moon with and a flashlight.

Invasive Plant Symposium
Convened by the Connecticut Invasive Plant Working Group (CIPWG)
Thursday October 4, 2018
University of Connecticut, Student Union, Storrs, CT
$65, $25 students
The theme of the symposium is Invasive Plants in Uncertain Times: Achieving More with Less. The 9th biennial conference features national, regional, and local experts as well as citizen volunteers sharing practical solutions for invasive plant management and actions needed to promote native species and improve wildlife habitat. Research and management posters, an invasive plant identification area, and other educational exhibits will be featured throughout the day.
Register online at

Native Oak ID Workshop
Friday, October 5, 12 noon to 1:30 p.m.
Meet in front of the Olin Science Center.
In our Native Plant Collection, the oak genus is represented by white, red, pin and black oaks. Do you know we also have scarlet, bur, turkey, scrub, swamp, sawtooth, chestnut, basket and willow oaks? Separating some of the species can be tricky, but it is also interesting and fun. Mary Villa, Arboretum curator, will lead this walk and guide participants to closely examine leaves, bark, buds, and acorns in order to hone your skills at identifying the mighty oaks.

Just for Kids: 'If I Were an Oak Tree';
Friday, October 5, 4 to 5 p.m.
Meet at Arboretum entrance on Williams Street.
Free; registration required
Did you ever think about how different your life would be if you couldn’t move from place to place? For this hour, Arboretum volunteer Caroline Driscoll, will guide kids to imagine what it is like to be a majestic oak tree. Through games, crafts and fun, kids will learn about trees. Ages 4-10, accompanied by an adult.

Leaf Printing Workshop
Wednesday, October 10, 4 to 6 p.m.
Use Williams Street entrance to the Arboretum, meet at the Outdoor Theater/Buck Lodge.
$20 ($15 members)
This workshop begins with an introductory lesson by art educator Julie Riggs from the Florence Griswold Museum. Using printmaking foam and leaves, we will sketch designs 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.

Dividing Perennials
Sunday, October 14, 2 to 4 p.m.
Meet at New London Hall, Botany Lab, room 112.
$25 ($15 members)
This hands-on class presents the why, when, and how of dividing perennials. Many perennials grow quickly, forming large clumps. Overcrowding can lead to fewer and/or smaller flowers than well-spaced and divided plants. Dividing also leaves you with more plants of the same variety—perfect for adding to other places in the garden or trading with friends, family, or neighbors. Be prepared to do some digging under the guidance of Arboretum horticulturalist Leigh Knuttel. Participants will bring home divisions from the New London Hall garden from plants such as aster, coneflower, daylily, iris or Solomon’s seal.

Feathers & Foliage
Saturday, October 20, 9 to 11 a.m.
Meet at Arboretum entrance on Williams Street.
$10 ($5 members Arboretum or CT Audubon)
October in Connecticut means beautiful changing foliage and migrating birds. Experience the best of both in the Connecticut College Arboretum. Join a teacher/naturalist from the Roger Tory Peterson Estuary Center as we explore the large catalog of tree species and diverse habitats that make for excellent bird watching and leaf peeping. Binoculars recommended.
To register visit or call 860-598-4218.
Co-sponsor: Roger Tory Peterson Estuary Center

All about Autumn Color Tour
Sunday, October 28, 10 to 11:30 a.m.
Meet in front of the Olin Science Center.
Free; no registration required
New England is one of the best places in the world to enjoy the annual color that happens before our deciduous forests drop their leaves for winter. Arboretum director emeritus Glenn Dreyer, will lead this walk across campus and through the Native Plant Collection, highlighting some of the most reliable species for adding fall color to your garden and review the processes that lead to the brilliant reds, yellows, oranges and purples.

SALT (Smaller American Lawns Today!) Conference
Saturday, November 10, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
$65 before Nov. 1/$80 after ($55 before Nov. 1/$70 after members); registration required
See full details of the SALT Conference including speakers here.

2018 SALT Conference
Grow Native: Gardening for the Environment
Saturday, November 10, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Registration required; $60 by Nov. 1 / $75 after

Members (Arboretum, CT Master Gardener, Wild Ones) $45 by Nov. 1 / $60 after

Registration fee includes continental breakfast and lunch.

Please write "SALT" in "Item(s) Purchased" line."

Making the transition to using native plants and relying more on ecological processes in the landscape is one of the most rewarding conversions a gardener can make. But how best to do it? This year’s SALT Conference will focus on this theme with three presentations followed by a panel discussion.

Using her urban Cambridge, Massachusetts garden as a case study, founder of Grow Native Massachusetts, Claudia Thompson will illustrate the tremendous transformation that is possible resulting in a landscape that is a haven for birds and pollinators, and that contributes to increased biodiversity.

Botanist for the Rhode Island Natural History Survey and founder of Rhody Native™, Hope Leeson will present ways gardeners can increase diversity of restored plant communities by planting native plants grown from seed and be more connected to the landscapes they create.

Landscape Designer and owner of Earth Tones Native Plant Nursery, Lisa Turoczi creates ecologically friendly designs that fits the client and property. She will share design techniques from her experiences with native plants.

Birding Basics

Saturday, November 17, 9 to 11 a.m.
Meet at Arboretum entrance on Williams Street.
$10 (free members Arboretum or CT Audubon)
From ducks and other waterfowl in the large pond, to birds of prey circling overhead, the Connecticut College Arboretum offers a wide variety of habitats for a diverse species of birds. Join a teacher/naturalist from the Roger Tory Peterson Estuary Center as we search for early winter species and late fall migrants in the Bolleswood Natural Area of the Arboretum. Binoculars recommended.
To register visit or call 860-598-4218.
Co-sponsor: Roger Tory Peterson Estuary Center

Holiday Wreath Making Workshop ***Registration is Full***
Saturday, December 1, 9 a.m. to noon
Leigh Knuttel, Horticulturalist and Mary Villa, Curator
Meet at 33 Gallows Lane.
$40 ($30 members)
This festive Arboretum event takes place every year during the holiday season. After a brief demonstration, participants will begin practicing the craft of wreath-making. Each participant will go home with an extraordinary wreath for holiday decorating. Bring hand pruners and any other embellishments you wish to incorporate. Everything else will be provided. Space is limited, register early.

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