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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:

CANCELLED!!! Due to the extreme cold predicted for tonight we will not be holding the star snowshoe walk.  We may reschedule for the spring.

Tuesday, February 25, 6:45 - 8:30 p.m. Snowshoe Walk Under the Stars

Join Arboretum Director Nancy Braker and Astronomer Joel Weisberg for an Arb Snowshoe Walk Under the Stars. Extreme cold or clouds may merit cancellation. This event is open to the public and children are welcome, but please leave your four footed friends at home.  Check back here on the day of the event to confirm that the event is on or if we have cancelled. We will post a notice by 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday afternoon if we cancel this event.

Meet at the Carleton Recreation Center with your snowshoes. A limited number of snowshoes are available to check out from the Recreation Center to members of the Carleton community. You may reserve a pair through Arb Director Nancy Braker - see contact information below. Snowshoes are required for this event to prevent damage to the ski trails.  Dress extremely warmly as we expect to be out doors for at least 90 minutes. In order to preserve our night vision please bring no lights.

If you are not a Carleton student or employee and need snowshoes you may want to contact the Northfield Community Services, Recreation Programs,  or the Northfield outdoor recreation business Gear Resource about their snowshoe rentals.

The evening will begin with brief indoor orientation to the Arboretum.  Participants will learn about what animals can be heard during a winter night. We will then snowshoe into the Arb, listening for these sounds and looking up at the beautiful winter stars and Jupiter, while Weisberg tells his versions of the ancient constellation stories.

Contact Nancy Braker with questions, or to reserve a pair of snowshoes – nbraker@carleton.edu or 507-222-4543.

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