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Welcome Spring! Equinox Weekend Walks 3/21 & 3/22; 11 am-2 pm

Friday, 05 March 2021 13:13

Welcome Spring with an Equinox Weekend Walks at the Wakefield Estate Arboretum
Celebrate the equinox March 20th or 21st by taking a walk outdoors at the Mary May Binney Wakefield Arboretum. The vernal equinox is the day when daytime and nighttime hours are nearly equal, and the days are getting longer and longer. During these past months, we've seen how valuable it is for individuals and families to have opportunities to get outdoors in nature. While masks and social distancing will still be required and attendance limited, the public is invited to welcome the arrival of spring with a scheduled visit to the arboretum on the weekend of the vernal equinox, March 20-21. Registration is required; hours are limited to 11 am- 2 pm daily. Visitors will have the opportunity to take self-guided walks and visit with some of the animals, one group at a time. As all activities will be outdoors, visitors are asked to dress warmly and limit their visits to one hour. Register via this link or by calling 617-333-0924 x22.
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March Stone Soup: "The Nature and Evolution of our Programs" 3/31

Monday, 01 March 2021 09:47

For this winter's Stone Soup Speakers Series, we have been focusing inward to reacquaint our followers with the history, landscape, and program vision that led to our renaming this past year as the Mary May Binney Wakefield Arboretum. Through storytelling and photos, we hope to engage participants in a conversation that increases people's understanding and attachment to this beautiful and unique cultural landscape nestled in the Blue Hills. The Stone Soup Speakers Series is normally a convivial gathering around homemade soup, but this year will be conducted virtually via Zoom.
The last session of the series, scheduled for Wednesday, March 31, will examine the evolution of our educational programs and how they have been informed by Polly Wakefield's own experiences as a naturalist and botanist. Program Director Erica Max will trace the roots of our outdoor environmental education programs to some of Polly's early writings.
Erica will discuss the challenges and opportunities of virtual programming as we have had to adapt our programmatic vision this past year during the COVID-19 pandemic. She'll also provide an intriguing glimpse at how other pandemics have contributed to outdoor education.
To receive the zoom link for the Mar. 31st session, please register here
Please note: If you missed either of the two previous 2021 Stone Soup and Speaker events, they can be viewed at Milton Access Television video on demand link.

 


Just published! Our winter edition of "Dogwood Lane" exploring the revelations we've discovered as we rebound

Friday, 19 February 2021 13:38

Enjoy the winter edition of "Dogwood Lane"- exploring the revelations we've discovered as we rebound.

To read it online, click here.

For a printable copy of this or any prior issue of Dogwood Lane, click here or visit the news tab on this website.

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New online series continues 3/10: Our Arboretum Through a Magnifying Glass: "Winter Wildlife"

Wednesday, 03 February 2021 15:16

This online series shines a spotlight on important elements in our garden that are often overlooked but are instrumental in the ecological cycles happening all year long. This month's talk on March 10 will focus on Winter Wildlife and highlight species adaptations that allow mammals, reptiles and insects to survive winters in New England. The February snow cover reveals clues to these adaptations.To register for this session and receive the zoom link, click here.
Save the date for the final session in this series:
April 7: The movement of water in the landscape will look at hydrology, a key factor in the life and health of the arboretum. Natural and manmade systems have altered the flow of water over hundreds of years. This presentation will take a closer look on how water moves from Great Blue Hill through the arboretum's landscape and into the Neponset River watershed. To register for this session, click here.
The first session, "The Wonderful World of Bark," was held Wednesday, February 10th, and focused on the fantastic variety of barks in our collection and the role that bark plays in protecting the tree, photosynthesis and habitat for other species. Upon request, you can view the recorded session via a link.
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