Witness Tree with Author Lynda Mapes


Author Lynda Mapes is standing in front of a tree with her book, Witness Tree.

What can we learn from a 100-year-old oak?

Join journalist Lynda Mapes as she recounts with joy and wonder her year in the Harvard Forest, uncovering an entire world within a single tree. Through Lynda’s vivid stories, you will experience the changing seasons as people have for centuries, watching for each new bud, listening for each new bird call in spring, savoring the cadence of falling autumn leaves, and the glory of snow on a bare branch. Listen in on her conversations with experts to uncover our historical, cultural, and ecological connections to the trees around us. Discover with her an intimate understanding of climate change, and how our lives and communities are intertwined with the trees around us. You will never think of trees the same way again!

Lynda will illustrate her talk with photographs from her year with the oak, read from her book, Witness Tree: Seasons of Change with a Century-Old Oak, and take your questions. Purchase a copy of Witness Tree at the event and have it signed by the author.


Instructor: Lynda Mapes, author and environmental reporter for The Seattle Times
Note: Held indoors. Limit 75

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Schedule and Location

Saturday, October 7, 2017, 1:00 to 2:30 p.m.
Sycamore Room, Visitor Center

Fees and Admission

Nonmembers: Fees include admission to the Arboretum. 

$16.00 member
$20.00 nonmember

Registration Information

CALL: 630-719-2468 (or to be waitlisted)
IN PERSON: Stop by the Visitor Center during open hours.