Category: Events

Biophilia & Biodiversity: A Celebration

September 27, 2018

Edward O Wilson, Harvard University Faculty Emeritus in the Museum of Comparative Zoology, has been a transcendent figure in the world of biodiversity research.  His long and storied career of field study, writing, and teaching, has led him to be called “a Darwin for the modern day.”  In his 1984 book “Biophilia,” Dr. Wilson fostered what has been referred to as… the love of life and the living world; and the affinity of human beings to other life forms.

He described biophilia as…

“the rich, natural pleasure that comes from being surrounded by living organisms.”

The concept of biophilia is taught at many institutions and groups based upon it’s ideas and applications meet regularly in communities all over the United States.

Join us on Saturday November 3, 2018 at 3pm at Bigelow Chapel for our inaugural Biophilia meeting.  The event will be led by David Morimoto, Director of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Lesley University.  Speakers from the local academic and research community will share stories about working with Dr. Wilson, or of his influence on their own work.

This event is free and open to the public.  Space is limited.

Please rsvp to Paul Kwiatkowski, Wildlife Conservation & Sustainability Manager at: or at 617-607-1956.





National Public Gardens Day 2018

National Public Gardens Day 2018
May 1, 2018

Happy National Public Gardens Day!

Mount Auburn Cemetery, a National Historic Landmark, accredited arboretum and Important Bird Area is open to the public, free of charge, 365 days a year.  On the Friday before Mother’s Day we participate in the annual tradition of celebrating public gardens.  Join us for a walk and enter our instagram photo contest!

Public Programs

Come to a walking tour!

7 AM: Early Risers Horticulture Walk (Free)
5:30 PM: Spring Migration Walk ($12, $7 members)

Instagram Contest

Trees. They produce oxygen, clean our air of pollutants, provide us shade on a hot day, and mesmerize us with their changing colors and winding branches. It’s hard to express how grateful we are to have over 5,500 trees in Mount Auburn Cemetery.

To celebrate Arbor Day, National Public Gardens Day, and the many trees that shape our community, we are announcing an Instagram Giveaway in partnership with Sofra Bakery & Cafe!

To enter to win a $25 gift card to Sofra Bakery and Café as well as a Sofra canvas tote bag, Express your love of trees on Instagram and post a selfie with a tree at Mount Auburn Cemetery with the hashtag #MeAndATree. Don’t forget to follow and tag @MountAuburnCemetery’s Instagram account in your post!

The winner of the contest will be announced on National Public Gardens Day on May 11th!


Electronics Recycling Day

November 21, 2017

(Cottage Street is off Mount Auburn Street across from Stanton Funeral Home)

Mount Auburn Cemetery is sponsoring an electronics recycling day on Saturday, January 20, 2018. Bring your items to Mount Auburn’s service yard at 24 Cottage Street, Watertown, MA between 10 am and 1 pm. There will be a $30 charge for TVs, $15 charge per CRT monitor or flat screen monitor. Bring cash with you if you plan to drop off those items. All other items listed below will be recycled free of charge.



Acceptable Items:







Computer Speakers



Switch Gear



Cell Phones


Lawn Mowers

AC Units

Medical Equipment

All Appliances

White Goods

Fire Alarm Equipment


Scrap Metals



Fax Machines

Battery Operated Tools


Filing Cabinets


Printed Circuit Boards


Metal Desks



Light Fixtures

Ink and Toner Cartridges

Electrical Equipment



Chargeable Items:
TV’s of any kind are $30.00 apiece
Monitors of any kind are $15.00 apiece with or without a computer
Household Speakers are $10.00 a pair

Not accepting:
Toy Plastics (Toys)
Car Seats
Light Bulbs

Recycling Services Provided by Northeast Material Handling, Inc., Haverhill, MA.

Sorry, no trash picking allowed. Once a product is dropped off, it belongs to Northeast Material Handling.