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:

Birding in the Arb
7:00a.m.-8:00a.m Wednesdays: April 19, April 26, May 3, May 10
Meet at the Arb kiosk near the Carleton College Rec Center entrance

Experienced, beginner, and aspiring birders are all welcome! We will be
accompanied by local birding experts so if you’re just starting out birding
and looking to learn, this is a great way to do it! We have binoculars to lend
out (email the Tuesday before you go to make sure we have
binoculars for you, but if you forget to email don’t let that stop you from

Night Hike in the Arb

The night hike is filled to capacity - no more registrations will be taken! Thanks for your interest and look for the next time we schedule this event.

Sunday, April 23, 2017, 7:30 p.m. - until the stories end! (Rescheduled if Cloudy)

Join Arboretum Director Nancy Braker and Astronomer Joel Weisberg for an Arb Walk Under the Twilight and Stars.

The evening will begin with watching the sunset and an orientation to night in the Arboretum.  Participants will learn about what is heard at night during the spring – frogs and toads, owls and other birds. We will visit several locations in the Arb, listening for these sounds and looking up at the beautiful spring stars, Mars and Jupiter, while Weisberg tells his versions of the ancient constellation stories. While we anticipate being in the Arb until 10:00 p.m., you will be free to depart earlier if you wish.

Dress very, very warmly (coats, hats, gloves) as we expect to be outdoors for several hours, some of them motionless on the ground. Comfortable walking shoes are a must, as we will cover about two miles.  Bring a sleeping bag or a blanket so that you can view the night sky laying on your back in comfort and warmth, perhaps atop tall prairie grasses. In order to preserve our night vision we will not use lights during the walk. You may want to bring binoculars for stargazing, and a flashlight to help to guide you home after the walk. For those who wish to return early, guides will be returning at regular intervals.

Clouds would require a rescheduled date later in the week.  We request that you register so that we can update you on any re-scheduling.