Teachers learn about conifers

by Ana Maria Caballero McGuire, Children’s Education Fellow
February 7, 2018

Teachers learn about conifers

fir close observation

On Saturday, February 3, Boston area educators gathered in the Hunnewell Building Lecture Hall for this month’s Arboretum for Educators event highlighting conifer adaptations. Hands-on exploratory activities and a short walk near the Hunnewell Building allowed teachers to discover ways to identify four members of the Pinaceae, or pine family: fir (Abies spp.), spruce (Picea […]

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What are Flowers? Form and Function Through Dissections

by Ana Maria Caballero McGuire, Children’s Education Fellow
February 6, 2018

What are Flowers? Form and Function Through Dissections

flower dissection

What Are Flowers?   Form and Function Through Dissections Nancy Sableski, Manager of Children’s Education and Ana Maria Caballero, Children’s Education Fellow, Arnold Arboretum April 7, 9:00-11:30 am Location: Hunnewell Building and grounds Have you really looked at a flower lately? This month we will use dissecting microscopes to look at the structures hidden within flowers and follow the observable changes […]

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Tree Architecture Primer

by Ana Maria Caballero McGuire, Children’s Education Fellow
January 10, 2018

Tree Architecture Primer

silver maple drawing

  Despite the bitter cold on Saturday, January 6, the Arboretum for Educators program “Examining Tree Architecture” went ahead (almost) as planned. Andrew Gapinsky, Manager of Horticulture, used photographs to show attending educators the many factors behind a tree’s shape, and why it looks the way it does. Teachers also experimented with documenting tree shape […]

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Is It Spring Yet? Gathering Phenological Data

by Ana Maria Caballero McGuire, Children’s Education Fellow
January 10, 2018

Is It Spring Yet? Gathering Phenological Data

Smelling skunk cabage

Is it Spring Yet? Gathering Phenological Data Nancy Sableski, Manager of Children’s Education and Ana Maria Caballero, Children’s Education Fellow, Arnold Arboretum March 10, 2018, 9:00-11:30am Location: Hunnewell Building and grounds Register » This month we will search the Arboretum for signs of spring! What are the little clues provided by nature that let us know that spring is […]

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Teachers search for tree bark

by Ana Maria Caballero McGuire, Children’s Education Fellow
December 5, 2017

Teachers search for tree bark

Teacher examines paperbark maple

On Saturday, December 2, a group of Boston area teachers searched for trees whose bark resembled string cheese, camo pants, saggy socks, or peeling paint! They found seven son flower (Heptacodium miconioides 1549-80*B), Japanese stewartia (Stewartia pseudocamellia 8-43*A), purple European beech (Fagus sylvatica ‘Atropunicea‘ 452-51*A), and paperbark maple  (Acer griseum 279-62*A), among many other examples of trees with interesting […]

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Teachers Learn How Kids Experience the Arboretum

by Ana Maria Caballero McGuire, Children’s Education Fellow
November 21, 2017

Teachers Learn How Kids Experience the Arboretum

BU students

“Although I grew up being exposed to nature a lot, I’ve always been told that I shouldn’t touch, smell or even get too close to things we aren’t familiar with. The experience in the Arboretum has brought my curiosity for nature back…”  Megan, Boston University student   “These trips have opened my eyes to all of […]

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Be An Engineer!

by Ana Maria Caballero McGuire, Children’s Education Fellow
November 15, 2017

Investigating Winged Seeds

by Ana Maria Caballero McGuire, Children’s Education Fellow
November 8, 2017

Investigating Winged Seeds

dropping samaras

In Massachusetts, engineering and technology curricula standards for Kindergarten through second grade require that students be taught how to test and compare the strengths and weaknesses of different objects intended to solve the same design problem. At the Arnold Arboretum, teachers from Boston area schools gathered on Saturday, November 4 to do just that, using […]

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Summer Institute Participants Build a Plant From Bottom to Top

by Ana Maria Caballero McGuire, Children’s Education Fellow
August 31, 2017

Summer Institute Participants Build a Plant From Bottom to Top

Teachers Mimic Tree Architecture

How is a tree put together and how does it grow? How do plants build cells out of thin air? How do those cells build discrete structures with specific functions? From August 21-24, 2017, twenty teachers of grades Pre-K through six, many of them classroom teachers and/or art, media, and several science specialists, came together […]

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Teachers Study Flowers and Pollinators

by Ana Maria Caballero McGuire, Children’s Education Fellow
June 6, 2017

Teachers Study Flowers and Pollinators

Educators examine azalea flowers

The Arboretum for Educators group took advantage of the spectacular blooms along Meadow Road for this month’s session. Teachers were tasked with carefully observing the flowers of a cluster of azaleas found next to the centenarian cork tree (phellodendron amurense var. Lavellei 7544-B) and sketching a perfect open flower in the center of their paper. […]

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