Field Trips

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Arboretum staff host occasional public field trips.  Check back often to see what is on our schedule.  If you have a topic that you would like to see addressed on a field trip please use our comment form to let us know!

Upcoming field trips:

Saturday, October 18th 9:00am: "Ecological Restoration in the Carleton Arboretum" walking tour led by Mark McKone, Professor of Biology and Research Supervisor of Cowling Arboretum. Meet at the Arb kiosk, in front of the main entrance to the Recreation Center. Casual clothing and walking shoes are recommended.

Sunday, November 9th 1:00pm: Join Dan Hernandez, Assistant Professor of Biology, to learn about research projects in the Arboretum.  The Arboretum is utilized by many faculty and students for ecological investigations.  Current research includes the impacts of herbivores (deer, rabbits, and voles) on prairie vegetation, how trails impact small mammal use patterns, and what is happening in the soil in our restoration projects. Meet at the Arboretum Kiosk in front of the Recreation Center entrance.

Don't know where the Recreation Center is? Follow this link to the Carleton College Campus Map:

Past Field Trips: See something you want us to offer again? Let us know!!

Fall 2013 - Forest Restoration
Summer 2013 - Moonrise on the Prairie - Later summer prairie plants
Winter 2013 - Owl Hike, Animal Winter Survival (kids program)
Fall 2012 - Lumberjack Tour: Trees and Tree Management
Summer 2012 - Birds and Plants of the Prairie, Arboretum Restoration Programs
Fall 2011 - Restoration of Native Plant Communities, Fall Prairie Foliage
Summer 2011- River Friendly Gardening
Spring 2011 - Birding for Beginners, Spring Wildflowers
Winter 2011 - Owls of the Arboretum: What's up with Whooooo?
Fall 2010 - Research and Science Programs, Fall Plants of The Prairie
Summer 2010 - Insights into the Lives of Mussels
Spring 2010 - Beginning Birdwatching
Winter 2010 - Walking in the Winter: Snowshoeing and Animal Tracking
Fall 2009 - Fall Flowers at McKnight Prairie
Summer 2009 - Land Management for Improved Water Quality
Spring 2009 - Beginning Birdwatching
Fall 2008 - Fungi of the Carleton Arboretum
Summer 2008 - An Evening on the Prairie