Connecticut College is committed to maintaining a safe and healthy community.  All public programs will take place outside with appropriate social distancing and masks required.  Registration is required for all programs. Please email to confirm your spot.  

Thursdays, February 3 and 17, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. 

Joe Attwater, teacher-naturalist 
One of our most unique and mysterious family of birds, owls are most active when the rest of us are settling down for the night. These nocturnal hunters are perfectly adapted to life in darkness, from their silent flight to their unique eyes and ears. Join teacher-naturalist Joe Attwater from the Roger Tory Peterson Estuary Center as we search for these incredible birds and learn about what makes them such perfect nighttime fliers. Bring a headlamp or flashlight and binoculars, and bundle up! Appropriate for ages 10 and up.  The tour will meet at the Arboretum entrance which is located at approximately 830 Williams Street. 
Cost is $5 (free for Arboretum and CT Audubon Society members).  Registration required (

Tap into Maple Syrup Production
Saturday, February 12, 10 to 11:30 a.m. 

Jim Luce, retired Supervisor of Grounds
Enjoy time outdoors making one of nature's sweet treats with Jim Luce, retired Supervisor of Grounds.  Maple syrup starts to run in late winter when temperatures climb above freezing during the day and drop back to below freezing at night.  Participants will learn how to identify different species of maple trees, install a spile and safely produce syrup.  The workshop will meet at the blue sculpture near New London Hall on the College campus which is located at 270 Mohegan Avenue.    
Cost is $10 (free for Arboretum members).  Registration required by Friday 02/11 at noon (email

"Pining" for Conifers: A Winter Walking Tour
Saturday, March 5, 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 

Brian Gibbons, Director of Horticulture
Join the new Director of Horticulture, Brian Gibbons, for a walking tour that will visit twenty different conifer specimens growing on the Connecticut College campus portion of the Arboretum.  Opportunity to learn basic identification traits and tricks to key out species and selections of pine, fir, spruce and other interesting conifers.  Specific growing conditions will be discussed as well as design applications.  "Cone" join the fun!  The tour will meet in front of Harkness Chapel on the College campus.   
Cost is $10 (free for Arboretum members).  Registration required by Friday 03/04 at noon (email


Free Guided Tours of our Native Plant Collection and Caroline Black Garden will resume in May.