Exploring the Arboretum for Educators
Join us the first Saturday of every month, 9:00-11:30 am.
The Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University is a community resource for education. Arboretum for Educators Monthly Explorations are a professional development opportunity for elementary and middle school teachers to introduce the Arboretum landscape as an outdoor classroom. Participants learn from Children’s Education staff and volunteers about specific hands-on life science topics that may be used or adapted by teachers for their own classrooms and outdoor spaces. Meet and network with other like-minded educators, and engage in life science learning. View 2016-2017 schedule [pdf]
Tree Study Part 3: Conifer Adaptations
What specific adaptations do conifers have that enable them to survive winter? How are most conifers different from deciduous trees besides the obvious leaf drop? During this third and last tree exploration of the season, participants will become better acquainted with the Conifer Collection. A close look at needles, reproductive structures, and tree habit in the landscape will help inform our learning. Back in the lecture hall, participants will learn how to conduct simple experiments to explain adaptations, and browse resources that are applicable to all learning levels.
Is It Spring Yet? Searching for Signs of the New Season
There is a sleeping world outdoors ready to be discovered, observed, and enjoyed by all. This month we will search the landscape for early signs of spring, and discuss ways to create similar experiences for your students in school outdoor classrooms, playgrounds, and surrounding green spaces. Such explorations naturally raise many questions in children’s minds. Once indoors, participants will engage in identifying testable questions that can be used in setting up science experiments. A brief look at the NGSS Practices of Science will help frame our work.