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  • Saturday, September 26

    Observation Station

    1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

    This fall Arboretum naturalists will be available outdoors to share knowledge and stories of the land. You can add trail observations to the phenology record, learn what others are seeing, and ask questions. The Observation Station is located behind the Visitor Center in the Native Plant Garden. Participants are required to wear masks and maintain physical distance. This program is weather dependent and may be cancelled without notice. Drop in, no registration required.

  • Sunday, September 27

    Observation Station

    1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

    This fall Arboretum naturalists will be available outdoors to share knowledge and stories of the land. You can add trail observations to the phenology record, learn what others are seeing, and ask questions. The Observation Station is located behind the Visitor Center in the Native Plant Garden. Participants are required to wear masks and maintain physical distance. This program is weather dependent and may be cancelled without notice. Drop in, no registration required.

  • Friday, October 2

    Mary Oliver and the Art of Observation in Nature, Session 1
    virtual class

    10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.

    This four-week nature poetry class is meant for participants who want to regularly write nature poetry. We will look at a variety of nature writing but focus on two poetry and essay collections by Mary Oliver. We will cover four thematic observation techniques that can enhance the ability to write spontaneously and regularly. Instructor: Troy Hess. Free. Sign up for any or all sessions. Register by September 30: https://forms.gle/UMpqRTJEKhZw6B1P7. See also October 9, 16, and 23.

  • Saturday, October 3

    Observation Station

    1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

    This fall Arboretum naturalists will be available outdoors to share knowledge and stories of the land. You can add trail observations to the phenology record, learn what others are seeing, and ask questions. The Observation Station is located behind the Visitor Center in the Native Plant Garden. Participants are required to wear masks and maintain physical distance. This program is weather dependent and may be cancelled without notice. Drop in, no registration required.

  • Sunday, October 4

    Observation Station

    1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

    This fall Arboretum naturalists will be available outdoors to share knowledge and stories of the land. You can add trail observations to the phenology record, learn what others are seeing, and ask questions. The Observation Station is located behind the Visitor Center in the Native Plant Garden. Participants are required to wear masks and maintain physical distance. This program is weather dependent and may be cancelled without notice. Drop in, no registration required.

  • Tuesday, October 6

    Decolonization and Indigenization of Agriculture: The Foundation of Building a Resilient Regenerative System
    virtual lecture

    7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

    Reginaldo Haslett-Marroquin is the owner-founder of Regeneration Farms LLC, and founder and president of the Regenerative Agriculture Alliance. This talk will focus on regenerative poultry as a foundation of laying out the strategic, methodological application of a decolonizing and indigenization process for an industry sector. Free. Register by October 2: forms.gle/s15eyFDUwVsruBan6.

  • Friday, October 9

    Mary Oliver and the Art of Observation in Nature, Session 2
    virtual class

    10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.

    This four-week nature poetry class is meant for participants who want to regularly write nature poetry. We will look at a variety of nature writing but focus on two poetry and essay collections by Mary Oliver. We will cover four thematic observation techniques that can enhance the ability to write spontaneously and regularly. Instructor: Troy Hess. Free. Sign up for any or all sessions. Register by October 7: https://forms.gle/UMpqRTJEKhZw6B1P7. See also October 2, 16 and 23.

  • Saturday, October 10

    Observation Station

    1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

    This fall Arboretum naturalists will be available outdoors to share knowledge and stories of the land. You can add trail observations to the phenology record, learn what others are seeing, and ask questions. The Observation Station is located behind the Visitor Center in the Native Plant Garden. Participants are required to wear masks and maintain physical distance. This program is weather dependent and may be cancelled without notice. Drop in, no registration required.

  • Sunday, October 11

    Observation Station

    1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

    This fall Arboretum naturalists will be available outdoors to share knowledge and stories of the land. You can add trail observations to the phenology record, learn what others are seeing, and ask questions. The Observation Station is located behind the Visitor Center in the Native Plant Garden. Participants are required to wear masks and maintain physical distance. This program is weather dependent and may be cancelled without notice. Drop in, no registration required.

  • Tuesday, October 13

    Preserving the Wisdom of the Land and Traditional Food Systems through Education
    virtual lecture

    7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

    Elena Terry is the founder and executive chef of Wild Bearies, and the food and culinary program coordinator for the Native American Food Sovereignty Alliance. She is a member of the Hočąk (Ho-Chunk) Nation. Free. Register by October 9: forms.gle/s15eyFDUwVsruBan6.

  • Friday, October 16

    Mary Oliver and the Art of Observation in Nature, Session 3
    virtual class

    10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.

    This four-week nature poetry class is meant for participants who want to regularly write nature poetry. We will look at a variety of nature writing but focus on two poetry and essay collections by Mary Oliver. We will cover four thematic observation techniques that can enhance the ability to write spontaneously and regularly. Instructor: Troy Hess. Free. Sign up for any or all sessions. Register by October 14: https://forms.gle/UMpqRTJEKhZw6B1P7. See also October 2, 9, and 23.

  • Saturday, October 17

    Observation Station

    1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

    This fall Arboretum naturalists will be available outdoors to share knowledge and stories of the land. You can add trail observations to the phenology record, learn what others are seeing, and ask questions. The Observation Station is located behind the Visitor Center in the Native Plant Garden. Participants are required to wear masks and maintain physical distance. This program is weather dependent and may be cancelled without notice. Drop in, no registration required.

  • Sunday, October 18

    Observation Station

    1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

    This fall Arboretum naturalists will be available outdoors to share knowledge and stories of the land. You can add trail observations to the phenology record, learn what others are seeing, and ask questions. The Observation Station is located behind the Visitor Center in the Native Plant Garden. Participants are required to wear masks and maintain physical distance. This program is weather dependent and may be cancelled without notice. Drop in, no registration required.

  • Tuesday, October 20

    Honor the Guardians, Respect the Land
    virtual lecture

    7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

    Pao Vue, PhD, is a wetland biologist, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service. Hmong traditional beliefs speak of supernatural forest guardians watching over the land and wild animals. This presentation will delve into these beliefs and discuss how they have shaped how Hmong interact with the land and natural geographical features. Free. Register by October 16: forms.gle/s15eyFDUwVsruBan6.

  • Friday, October 23

    Mary Oliver and the Art of Observation in Nature, Session 4
    virtual class

    10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.

    This four-week nature poetry class is meant for participants who want to regularly write nature poetry. We will look at a variety of nature writing but focus on two poetry and essay collections by Mary Oliver. We will cover four thematic observation techniques that can enhance the ability to write spontaneously and regularly. Instructor: Troy Hess. Free. Sign up for any or all sessions. Register by October 21: https://forms.gle/UMpqRTJEKhZw6B1P7. See also October 2, 9, and 16.

  • Saturday, October 24

    Observation Station

    1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

    This fall Arboretum naturalists will be available outdoors to share knowledge and stories of the land. You can add trail observations to the phenology record, learn what others are seeing, and ask questions. The Observation Station is located behind the Visitor Center in the Native Plant Garden. Participants are required to wear masks and maintain physical distance. This program is weather dependent and may be cancelled without notice. Drop in, no registration required.

  • Sunday, October 25

    Observation Station

    1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

    This fall Arboretum naturalists will be available outdoors to share knowledge and stories of the land. You can add trail observations to the phenology record, learn what others are seeing, and ask questions. The Observation Station is located behind the Visitor Center in the Native Plant Garden. Participants are required to wear masks and maintain physical distance. This program is weather dependent and may be cancelled without notice. Drop in, no registration required.

  • Tuesday, October 27

    The African American Land Ethic
    virtual lecture

    7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

    Lillian "Ebonie" Alexander is the executive director of the Black Family Land Trust. The BFLT defines the African American Land Ethic as blending the concepts of phenomenology, Leopold’s land ethic, and cultural competence to describe African Americans’ historical relationship with the land and how that relationship dictates the value placed on land ownership in the United States, particularly in the rural south. Free. Register by October 23: forms.gle/s15eyFDUwVsruBan6.

  • Friday, November 6

    Art and Nature Poetry, Session 1
    virtual class

    10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.

    Organized by season, the poems in Art and Nature: An Illustrated Anthology of Nature Poetry celebrate the grandeur of wild places and subtle everyday wonders. We will focus on the fall section of the book, reading W.S. Merwin, Marianne Moore, Ranier Marie Rilke, and others. We will discuss the connection between visual art and poetry and then create our own pairings. Instructor: Troy Hess. Free. Register by November 4: forms.gle/pCVPJvfsPen9HL1n6. See also November 13 and 20.

  • Friday, November 13

    Art and Nature Poetry, Session 2
    virtual class

    10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.

    Organized by season, the poems in Art and Nature: An Illustrated Anthology of Nature Poetry celebrate the grandeur of wild places and subtle everyday wonders. We will focus on the fall section of the book, reading W.S. Merwin, Marianne Moore, Ranier Marie Rilke, and others. We will discuss the connection between visual art and poetry and then create our own pairings. Instructor: Troy Hess. Free. Register by November 11: forms.gle/pCVPJvfsPen9HL1n6. See also November 6 and 20.

  • Friday, November 20

    Art and Nature Poetry, Session 3
    virtual class

    10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.

    Organized by season, the poems in Art and Nature: An Illustrated Anthology of Nature Poetry celebrate the grandeur of wild places and subtle everyday wonders. We will focus on the fall section of the book, reading W.S. Merwin, Marianne Moore, Ranier Marie Rilke, and others. We will discuss the connection between visual art and poetry and then create our own pairings. Instructor: Troy Hess. Free. Register by November 18: forms.gle/pCVPJvfsPen9HL1n6. See also November 6 and 13.