Winter 2018

Registration is required for all programs (except where noted). Please call 860-439-5020 or email

Programs are free for Connecticut College students. 

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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, no registration required
Join the botany department for this talk, reception and exhibition to kick off a yearlong celebration of its first 100 years.

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.
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.

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