Join the Citizen Science Naturalist Program!

Join the Citizen Science Naturalist Program!
February 24, 2023

Virtual Classroom Trainings

Citizen Science Naturalist Program


If you are interested in nature and would like to learn more about our local flora and fauna, we have just the program for you!

If you are concerned about our warming climate and would like to participate in projects that are gathering vital information about its impacts, we have just the program for you!

If you like to be outdoors and are interested in meeting people that care about the earth as much as you do, we have just the program for you!

Join the Citizen Science Naturalist Program at Mount Auburn Cemetery!

Our program provides eleven virtual classroom trainings led by local experts that will introduce beginners to flora and fauna and provide a deeper dive for more experienced nature enthusiasts.  Volunteers will learn about field research protocols and conservation techniques through classroom and field trainings that will prepare them to become capable biodiversity research assistants for a number of projects on the grounds of Mount Auburn Cemetery.  Volunteers will also have an opportunity to contribute to national environmental projects.  Tutorial data collection walks and additional activities will be provided throughout the year.  No experience is required!  An in-person get together at the new event space at Hazel Dell will close out the classroom piece of our program.  Citizen scientists will have an opportunity to get to know one another and connect with field researchers and classroom trainers at this event.

If you are interested in participating, please contact Paul Kwiatkowski, Director of Urban Ecology & Sustainability at Mount Auburn Cemetery:

You will receive zoom links to the virtual classroom trainings after signing up for the program.  All trainings will be recorded.

2023 Virtual Classroom Schedule

  1. Amphibians & Reptiles: Saturday March 4, 11:00am – 1:00pm.
  2. Tree & Shrub Phenology: Tuesday March 7, 7:00pm – 9:00pm.
  3. Mammals: Saturday March 11, 1:00pm – 3:00pm.
  4. Nature Photography: Saturday March 18, 11:00am – 12:00pm
  5. Birds: Monday March 20, 7:00pm – 9:00pm.
  6. Fungi & Lichens: Monday April 3, 2:00pm – 3:00pm.
  7. Insects: Wednesday April 12, 12:15pm – 2:00pm.
  8. Intro to GIS and Mapping for Citizen Science: Friday April 14, 11:00am – 12:30pm.
  9. Informal Educators & Crowd-Sourced Science: Tuesday April 18, 6:00pm – 8:00pm.
  10. History of Mount Auburn Cemetery’s Connection to Landscape Stewardship: Thursday April 20, 10:00am – 11:00am.
  11. Botany & Gardening for Pollinators: Tuesday April 25, 6:00 – 8:00pm.
  12. In-Person Get Together: Sunday April 30, 3:00 – 5:00pm.

Art in a Silent City: Mount Auburn’s 2022 Artists-in-Residence

Art in a Silent City: Mount Auburn’s 2022 Artists-in-Residence
February 10, 2023

The exhibition runs from March 24 – May 5, 2023, at the Mosesian Center for the Arts in Watertown. Opening Reception: March 30, 5:30 – 7:30 pm.

Artists-in-Residence Virtual Panel Discussion: March 22, 6 pm. Register here!

On display will be work by: Jill Slosburg-Ackerman, Madge Evers and
Thierry Borcy, Ira Klein, Simone Nemes, Liz Walker, and John M. Williams.

Read more about the 2022 Artists here.


Floral Tribute Regulations

Floral Tribute Regulations
December 1, 2011

Please help us maintain the historic character and beauty of Mount Auburn Cemetery by respecting the regulations for placement of floral tributes. Floral tributes have historically performed two important roles: to remember and honor a loved one and to beautify the area where they have been interred.

Mount Auburn Cemetery’s tribute regulations support these important roles while protecting our visitors, structures, and landscape. Thank you for your assistance and understanding.

In most areas Mount Auburn furnishes and installs one metal vase, set flush with the turf, after the interment in a single, companion, or urn grave is made. Due to safety concerns, other permanently installed vases are not allowed.

Cut flowers, bouquets of natural plant material, potted plants, or baskets of flowering plants are permitted at any time, but may be removed when they become unsightly or during area maintenance such as mowing.

To ensure that plants appropriate to the cultural conditions and historic character of the cemetery are selected, all in-ground planting must be performed by Mount Auburn’s horticultural staff. Please stop by the office if you wish to request or discuss planting options.

Large planters, hanging baskets, glass, china, jars, bottles, and tin cans are prohibited and subject to immediate removal.

Wreaths, baskets, or sprays of natural evergreens and/or dried plant material appropriate to the Holiday Season are permitted as tributes during the winter months. Mount Auburn reserves the right to remove tributes when they have become unsightly and to remove any plastic flowers or other artificial decorations that are not appropriate to the setting.

At all times throughout the Cemetery any toys, knickknacks, pinwheels, balloons, crockery, glassware, shells, boxes, vigil candles, plastic containers, and similar ornaments or articles are prohibited and subject to immediate removal.

Please do not use wires or plant stands to hold pots or flowers upright. Wires constitute a serious hazard to our visitors and staff during mowing and trimming operations.

Flags are permitted during Memorial Day, Flag Day, Independence Day, and Veteran’s Day and will be removed the following week.

Thank you for your understanding and assistance needed to sustain the historic character and beauty of Mount Auburn Cemetery. Please contact the office if you would like a comprehensive copy of the rules and regulations, have any questions, or require assistance.

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Mount Auburn Statuary: A New Way of Seeing: A Conversation with Madge Evers and Thierry Borcy

Mount Auburn Statuary: A New Way of Seeing: A Conversation with Madge Evers and Thierry Borcy
March 12, 2023

In 2022, we welcomed seven Artists-in-Residence to create original works inspired by their experiences at Mount Auburn. Meet Visual artist Madge Evers and photographer Thierry Borcy.

Mark your calendars for Art in a Silent City: Mount Auburn’s 2022 Artists-in-Residence March 24 – May 5, 2023, at the Mosesian Center for the Arts in Watertown. Opening Reception: March 30, 5:30 – 7:30 pm. On display will be work by Jill Slosburg-Ackerman, Madge Evers, and Thierry Borcy. Ira Klein, Simone Nemes, John M. Williams, and Liz Walker. 



March 10, 2023

By Kathleen M. Fox, Volunteer Researcher, Mount Auburn Historical Collections

People have been fascinated by how gigantic blocks of stone got moved ever since Stonehenge was discovered (built in 2500 B.C.), or the Egyptian pyramids (2550-2490 B.C.) or any number of churches and castles worldwide. Though not nearly as old, Mount Auburn has many very large stone monuments that cause us to ruminate on how they got to current their location.  We’ve chosen two to write about. In each case they were made from a huge single block of granite, newspaper articles from the day provide details about their dimensions, and because the logistics for moving the granite would apply to other monuments in the cemetery. The first is the Egyptian Gateway.  Though not a monument commemorating a specific individual, it is monumental.


Open Position: Seasonal Preservation Staff

March 8, 2023

Under the supervision of the Preservation Manager perform a variety of preservation related tasks which include but are not limited to washing monuments, monument and masonry repair, resetting of monuments, and cast iron post and sign painting or repair. Employees work must appropriately reflect the Statement of Preservation Values and Commitments approved by the Trustees of the Cemetery on December 12, 2007 and is performed in accordance with appropriate standards and best practices in preservation and conservation.