Adult Education


We are proud to bring high-caliber speakers to the Vineyard every summer and would like to thank our friends and sponsors, Bartlett Tree Experts,  Donaroma’s Landscape & Nursery Services, Heather Gardens,  Middletown Nursery, and S.B.S. The Grain Store for their generous support of our lecture series.

Program line-up for 2014

We have begun to schedule our 2014 programing.  Dr. Gerard Donnelly from the Morton Arboretum is the Frank and Lisina Hoch lecture speaker, Andrew Bunting and Scott McMahan will speak on plant collecting in the wild, Eric Rutkow speaks on his book American Canopy, and Buddy Huffaker, director of the Aldo Leopold Foundation is the David H Smith Memorial speaker. Watch for more info and program additions throughout the winter.  

2014 Calendar-at-a-glance

For detailed listings go to Programs and click on the event on the calendar

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 Council of all Beingsall beings

Saturday, April 19

10am – 3:30pm

The magical landscape of the Arboretum is a perfect place to reconnect with nature. On Saturday, April 19 join April Thanhauser and friends for a daylong workshop, A Council of All Beings. This experiential workshop, first developed in the late 80’s by environmentalist/deep-ecologists Joanna Macy and John Seed, is a communal ritual in which participants step aside from their human identity and speak on behalf of another life-form. We meet as a group at 10:00am for introductions and to learn meditative practices to stimulate intuitive perception. Participants then explore the Arboretum on their own to discover a plant, animal, or landscape feature to represent at the Council. We then regroup to make masks representing our life-form for the Council. During the Council each masked person speaks from the perspective of their new identity giving us all a chance to hear what nature has to say through us. We will end with a simple closing ceremony at 3:30pm. Bring lunch. $30/$5 for PHA members. No charge if you become a PHA member at the workshop ($35).

Photo by Andrea Zampatti





arbor dayCelebrate Arbor Day!

Friday, April 25


Arbor Day is an annual observance celebrating the role of trees in our lives and promoting tree planting and care. What better way to celebrate Arbor Day than to join the staff of the Arboretum for an afternoon devoted to trees!

1-1:30 – Meet at the Visitor Center for a short talk on the history of Arbor Day
1:30-2:30 – Staff- led tour focusing on trees and spring flowers
2:30-3:30 – Tree planting demo by our arborists

Free Metasequoia sapling (one per family, while supplies last)

Family backpack tours • Refreshments

Free Admission