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  • A Stroll in St Paul’s Cemetery (Part II): A Place of Faith, Symbols and Stories

    Hear new stories from a different section of this East Arlington Cemetery. New and returning students will enjoy strolling through this sacred landscape. The final resting place of craftsmen, laborers, and entrepreneurs, buried here from the 1880s–1930s, own life stories filled with challenges. Not to be ignored are the narratives of women who focused on the family circle without neglecting social causes. This walk celebrates some St. Paul residents, many of them immigrants, as they actively built a resilient community. Please note: Wear comfortable clothing and appropriate footwear for walking. Students will be asked to wear a mask and follow social distancing guidelines. Meeting location will be included in your receipt. All walks meet rain or shine.
  • Art Deco in the Back Bay

    From the elaborate materials and rich colors to the mesmerizing geometric shapes and decadent detail work that define the aesthetic, Art Deco has become one of the most enduring, distinct, and exciting design movements. The planned development of the Back Bay in the second half of the 19th century opened up opportunities for Art Deco to be incorporated during its redevelopment a half-century later. This tour through the first four blocks of the Back Bay highlights examples of Art Deco design, from residential and commercial properties to institutional landmarks, including the second John Hancock building and New England Power. We will talk about the evolving character of the Back Bay and the development of new Art Deco buildings as well as the incorporation of Deco design into existing structures. Please note: Students will be asked to adhere to public health guidelines. Meeting location will be included in your receipt. All walks meet rain or shine.
  • Birdwatching 101

    What to Know Before Going Outside (Virtual Talk) Benjamin Brown-Steiner This online class will introduce the basic strategies and methods for any aspiring birdwatcher to maximize enjoyment and appreciation of birds in their local environment. Topics introduced will include necessary and recommended tools, how to pick a place and a time for ideal birdwatching, and strategies for identifying birds using their appearance, flight patterns, songs and calls, and the habitats in which they live and migrate through. To get the most out of this class attendance at the Field Trip classes are highly encouraged. Thursday, April 8 | 7:00–8:30 pm | $25 Field Trips Benjamin Brown-Steiner & Toni Sacco Take a two-hour birdwatching local field trip. Beginners will go in one group, while more advanced bird watchers will go into another. The instructors will focus on demonstrating different strategies for locating and identifying birds based on their appearance, songs and calls, behavior, and habitat. Beginners are highly encouraged to attend What to Know Before Going Outside to get the most out of this field trip. Binoculars are highly recommended. Please note: Students will be asked to adhere to public health guidelines. Meeting location will be included in your receipt. All walks meet rain or shine. Arlington Reservoir: 2 Sundays | April 11 and/or May 2 | 9:00–11:00 am | $25 (per walk) Horn Pond, Woburn: Sunday, May 16 | 8:30–11:00 am | $30
  • Celebrate the Summer Solstice

    Summer arrives with the summer solstice, which marks the longest day of the year and the day when the midday sun reaches its highest point in the sky. The summer solstice occurs this year on Sunday, June 20, but we’ll celebrate the day before with a nature walk through Arlington’s Great Meadows to enjoy the beauty of the natural world. The walk will focus on plant identification, plus fun and interesting natural history about past and present human uses as well as tales and legends about the plants we see. We’ll also celebrate the season with a little poetry and solstice lore. Please note: Students will be asked to adhere to public health guidelines. Meeting location will be included in your receipt. All walks meet rain or shine. Children ages 10+ are welcome to register if accompanied by a registered adult.
  • Eustis Estate Tour

    Explore the Eustis Estate, a rare surviving example of late nineteenth-century architecture and design. Designed by renowned Boston architect William Ralph Emerson and built in 1878, the mansion sits on eighty acres of picturesque landscape at the base of the Blue Hills. Full of stunning, intact architectural and design details, the Eustis Estate is a historic site unlike any other in the Greater Boston area. This 90-minute guided tour of the house and grounds will discuss the history of the property, the original owners, the landscape, and management of the estate. Please note: Students will be asked to adhere to public health guidelines. Meeting location will be included in your receipt.
  • Road to the Vote: Boston Suffragists

    The road to the vote for national woman suffrage was a long and arduous one. Countless suffragists in the city of Boston, throughout the Commonwealth, and across the nation organized meetings, delivered speeches, published and distributed literature, held fundraising bazaars, marched, picketed, boycotted, set watchfires, and went on hunger strikes to call attention to their cause, all the while hoping to open minds and move hearts. Generations were involved in the struggle and by the early 20th century women were being arrested and jailed for their convictions. It took 72 years from the first women’s right convention in 1948 for American women to secure the right to vote in municipal, state, and federal elections. This walking tour celebrates the centennial of the ratification of the 19th Amendment and highlights the places, people, and protests that helped win the vote for women. Please note: Students will be asked to adhere to public health guidelines. Meeting location will be included in your receipt. All walks meet rain or shine.
  • Spring Wildflowers

    In late May the wildflowers are out in abundance. This walk will focus on late-spring wildflower identification as well as some fun and interesting natural history about the plants we see. We’ll also take a look at some cool plants that aren’t in flower. Directions to our meeting place will be sent after registration. Please note: Students will be asked to adhere to public health guidelines. Meeting location will be included in your receipt. All walks meet rain or shine. Children ages 10+ are welcome to register if accompanied by a registered adult.
  • Tree Identification

    “I think that I shall never see/ A poem lovely as a tree.” The trees of New England are both beautiful and an essential part of our landscape. This course will introduce you to approximately a dozen common trees of New England, emphasizing tree identification as well as natural history. Please note: Students will be asked to adhere to public health guidelines. Meeting location will be included in your receipt. All walks meet rain or shine. Children ages 10+ are welcome to register if accompanied by a registered adult.