April 2023
see. hear. act.


Chelsea Earth Day Clean-up

Meet GreenRoots at the Washington Avneue side of Chelsea’s City Hall for a city-wide cleanup!

Free lunch will be provided.

To register, please email IllianaP@greenrootschelsea.org or call 617-466-3076 ext. 122

Chelsea Tree Planting

Help GreenRoots reduce carbon dioxide from the air in Chelsea!

Meet on the Corner of Maverick Street and Highland Street to participate.

To register, please email IllianaP@greenrootschelsea.org or call 617-466-3076 ext. 122

Newton Earth Day Festival

Bring your friends and family to Newton’s own Earth Day Festival on Sunday, April 24 from 1-4pm at the War Memorial Circle at Newton City Hall  for live music, petting zoo, face painting, green technology showcase, an EV expo, nature-themed activities, snacks, and more!

Are you looking to lead a greener lifestyle? We have a terrific line-up of exhibitors ready to answer all your questions on waste reduction & composting, electric vehicles, solar power, insulation, heat pumps, gardening & pollination.
Are you considering an Electric Vehicle? Check out the EV Display at the festival, where many of our Newton neighbors will be available to tell you more about their experience. This is the perfect time to ask an EV owner about charging stations, EV ranges, pricing, and other questions.
Our Earth Day Festival is jam packed with fun activities for kiddos of all ages. There will be a petting zoo, face painting, books, bingo, nature themed activities, ice cream, music and more!
Enjoy a fun line-up of dancers, singers & performers, including the Dark Crushes.

Rethinking How We Display Tree Equity and Urban Tree Cover

Join Speak for the Trees’ intern Roxanne James to learn about a health and racial equity analysis of the Boston urban canopy, especially in underserved and under-canopied neighborhoods. Through this interactive story map experience, you’ll learn about and come to understand environmental conditions that lead to negative health outcomes for people of color and lower-income communities in the city of Boston and the greater Boston area. If you care about environmental justice, health and racial equity, or maps, this is the event for you!

Register for the Zoom link here

Trees as Boundary Objects: Growing Boston’s Urban Forest for Equity, Justice, and Resilience

Speak for the Trees’ Executive Director, David Meshoulam, will be the final speaker at Boston College’s “Rewilding Planet Earth” series. Through the lens of “boundary objects,” he will explore how trees serve as a tool not only for environmental justice, but also for building community and providing opportunities for exploring our shared humanity.

This is event will be in person and may (or may not) be live streamed. Registration is not required.

*Proof of vaccination required to attend. Masks are strongly encouraged.

“The Power of Nature to Heal and Build Community,” a Discussion with Judith Foster and Jeffrey Perrin

Join us to learn about the healing power of nature from Judith Foster, Jodyann Hanson, and Jeffrey Perrin! Judith, founder of HERO Nurturing Center Inc., shares about her personal and working experience using trees and nature to heal body and spirit. Jodyann, a first-year Clinical Mental Health Counseling student connects the HERO programs to nature therapy through the lens of her schooling. Jeffrey, Professor of Psychology at Lesley University, provides an update on what the latest research shows about nature to provide benefits for all.

Register here for the Zoom link

Mushroom Foraging with Maria Pinto

Meet trees’ best friends! Join us to explore the exciting world of mushrooms, the communication and energy highway of trees, as you forage with professional mushroom forager, Maria Pinto. She’ll lead an educational, interactive, and tasty adventure in the woods behind Chestnut Hill Mall. You’ll learn how to identify and understand all the mushrooms we discover, the best way to implement the dry- sauté technique of crisping mushrooms, and you’ll enjoy a delicious snack of your findings. Come prepared in shoes you don’t mind getting a little muddy.

This program has a cap of 15 participants. Registration is required.

Register Here

Forest Bathing at the Arnold Arboretum

Slow down and awaken your senses on a guided therapeutic experience in the Arnold Arboretum, led by certified forest therapy guide Tam Willey. Forest Bathing, inspired by the Japanese practice of Shinrin-yoku, is a restorative sensory exploration that supports health and healing for all beings. From increased cerebral blood flow to stronger immune defenses, come discover for yourself what happens when we unplug, slow down and open our senses to notice more of our natural surroundings. Forest Bathing is part of a global effort to tend to the stressful conditions of living in modern industrialized civilization. All the prompts, invitations, sharing and ways of participating are optional and open to interpretation.

This program is geared towards adults (18+) and has a cap of 15 participants. Registration is required.

Tam Willey (they/them) is a certified forest therapy guide, trainer, mentor and teacher with the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy and is the founder of “Toadstool Walks,” a guiding practice based in Boston, Massachusetts. Tam has guided Forest Therapy in collaboration with The Arnold Arboretum, The Emerald Necklace Conservancy, Mass Audubon, Boston Harbor Now, Peabody Essex Museum, Lesley University Holistic Psychology and Wellness, Boston University School Of Theology, and more. Tam is passionate about the ways that forest therapy can build our collective empathy and compassion, broadening and healing relationships, human and beyond, supporting our re-membering that we are not only in relationship with nature but rather that we are nature. For more information about Tam, check out Toadtstoolwalks.com

Register Here

Speak for the Trees’ ArborWeek Walkathon

Walk/Roll for the Trees in Your Neighborhood During ArborWeek!

Support Boston’s Trees by Participating in Speak for the Trees’ Walkathon!

Trees provide us all with life, connection, cooler temperatures, beauty, character, a feeling of home, perspective, clean air, and strong community! Let’s thank them and celebrate the Boston urban canopy together! Take a walk, ride, or roll (or two or three) among the trees in your neighborhood during ArborWeek (April 24-30) to raise awareness and funds for Tree Equity in Boston.

This is a self-led walk/roll where you choose your own route and get to know and share the trees in your neighborhood. Individuals sign up to walk/roll as many miles as they can throughout ArborWeek, and ask friends and neighbors to pledge for every mile. Individuals can also join together to create teams; make a team of 5+ members, and we’ll send each participant a free Speak for the Trees hat! Anyone can join in the fun, and all proceeds will go towards celebrating, planting, and caring for trees in Boston. We hope you’ll encourage friends and family to participate too, either with you or on their own!

Register or donate to a walker today

Teaching About the Climate Crisis

Teaching about the Climate Crisis: What teachers should know from students’ perspective

The training, in honor of Earth Week, will be lead by passionate high school students in Spring Forward, a youth-led climate education organization which has led over 100 workshops. You will come out of the training prepared to lead effective climate lessons to students in a way which will grasp their attention and leave them empowered to take meaningful action.

RSVP here for the Zoom link.