Adult Programs

Jan
12
Sat
Stebbins Forest @ At site
Jan 12 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Discover spectacular old-growth beech forests and hidden hemlock ravines of the arboretum’s 800-acre South Stebbins property, not to be confused with Stebbins Gulch. This is one of the Arboretum’s most intact forests and is closed to the public, as it is devoted primarily to research. We’ll spend the morning exploring the unique habitats, searching for the special wildlife that utilizes this wild forest in the winter months.
Three to four miles of moderate to difficult walking on and off trail.

Planting for the Future @ Holden Arboretum
Jan 12 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Join the Community Forestry staff to learn how tree selections and the tree nursery industry are changing with changing climate and forest threats. Learn how to purchase, place, plant and successfully establish resilient trees that will prosper for decades. Whether you are selecting a small ornamental tree to complement your yard, or planting a tree with the intention of it becoming a legacy, this class will give you and your future tree(s) a head start toward success.

Jan
16
Wed
Beginning Painting Oil & Acrylic @ Holden Arboretum
Jan 16 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Balance and contrast color, tonal relationships, pattern, texture and form while building confidence with brushwork. Learn wet-into-wet blending, glazing, color mixing and palette organization. Materials list will be provided.

Seven week series: January 16 – February 27

Scientist Lecture Series: From Microbes to Mountains, Exploring Environments in a World of Change @ Holden Arboretum
Jan 16 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Soils are the most diverse ecosystems on the planet harboring thousands of organisms in a single gram. These soil-dwellers are hugely influential in our ecosystems, driving plant growth and regulating soil carbon, an important greenhouse gas. Classen explores the diversity of soil organisms, their relationships with plants, and how they regulate, and are impacted by, environmental change.

Jan
18
Fri
Winter Tree ID: Bark, Buds and Branching Patterns @ Holden Arboretum
Jan 18 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Even without leaves, many trees are still recognizable during the winter months. Learn the distinguishing characteristics for identifying more than 30 native species in the dormant season. Study branching patterns, growth habits, bark color and bud arrangements. We will be walking outdoors for the entirety of this course, so dress accordingly.

Jan
19
Sat
Magnificence on the Mountain @ The Holden Arboretum
Jan 19 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Unique geological formations, diversity of plant life and its historic use as a resort make this a spectacular natural site. No children under 12. Moderate – under 2 miles. This hike will not be offered in April or May so that we can treat our hemlock trees for an outbreak of wooly adelgids.

Jan
20
Sun
Taiji With the Trees – Session 2 @ Thayer Center
Jan 20 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am

Jan. 20 – Mar. 3

TaijiFit combines the best elements of fitness, meditation and the ancient martial art of Taiji (Tai Chi). Learn the secret of balancing yin and yang – strength with beauty, power with peace and endurance with flow. There is no routine to memorize or get right.

*No class Jan. 27

Jan
25
Fri
Winter Tree ID: Bark, Buds and Branching Patterns @ Holden Arboretum
Jan 25 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Even without leaves, many trees are still recognizable during the winter months. Learn the distinguishing characteristics for identifying more than 30 native species in the dormant season. Study branching patterns, growth habits, bark color and bud arrangements. We will be walking outdoors for the entirety of this course, so dress accordingly.

Wine and Cheese Night Hike @ Holden Arboretum
Jan 25 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Enjoy the Arboretum’s sights and sounds and learn about the night time forest ecosystem. Afterwards relax with food and drink. Wear sturdy shoes, this hike goes no matter the weather.

Jan
26
Sat
Gardening With Green Corps: Jumpstart Your Garden @ Holden Arboretum
Jan 26 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Already dreaming of your summer harvest? Get a head start on your garden by learning how to improve upon your experience and design. Topics include plant selection ideas, starting seeds, where to purchase supplies and troubleshooting. Come together to share your success stories and frustrations with an expert.