Expanding opportunities for learning outside in Boston

by Ana Maria Caballero, Nature Education Specialist
January 28, 2020

Expanding opportunities for learning outside in Boston

self-guided pond exploration

There’s a whole world out there, right outside your window. You’d be a fool to miss it. – Charlotte Eriksson As a public garden and educational institution, the Arnold Arboretum is committed to helping children and youth get outside and explore the natural world through many programs. The Arboretum also offers opportunities and free resources […]

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Tree habit

by Ana Maria Caballero, Nature Education Specialist
December 10, 2019

Tree habit

Magnolia acuminata in winter showing decurrent growth habit.

Sometimes trees get a bad rap. There’s the Whomping Willow of Harry Potter fame, the trees in Snow White’s terrifying Dark Forest, and our very own cucumbertree (Magnolia acuminata, 15154*D), which was recently described as grumpy, gnarly, and foreboding by several participants of Saturday’s Arboretum for Educators program. The topic was tree architecture and the […]

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Teachers tackle ecology and climate change

by Ana Maria Caballero, Nature Education Specialist
September 13, 2019

Green Team explores green jobs

by Ana Maria Caballero, Nature Education Specialist
July 29, 2019

Green Team explores green jobs

Bob Ervin with Green Team

Recently the Arnold Arboretum hosted fifteen youths and two program leaders from the Emerald Necklace Conservancy’s Green Team Summer Program. Operated by the Emerald Necklace Conservancy with support from Boston’s Department of Youth Engagement and Employment, the program employs Boston resident teens (ages 15-18) who work 25 hours per week for six weeks involving park […]

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Bringing nature learning back outside

by Ana Maria Caballero, Nature Education Specialist
July 25, 2019

Science in the schoolyard

by Ana Maria Caballero, Nature Education Specialist
May 28, 2019

Science in the schoolyard

Mission Hill playground

More than a dozen Boston Public School teachers and area educators participated in a two-day professional development institute hosted by the Arnold Arboretum and the Museum of Science, in collaboration with the Friends of the Boston Schoolyards. Science in the Schoolyard—Teaching Science Standards With Outdoor Spaces aimed to help teachers see the power of outdoor […]

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A Worm Named Peanut

by Ana Maria Caballero, Nature Education Specialist
May 17, 2019

Learning Through Flower Dissections

by Ana Maria Caballero, Nature Education Specialist
April 11, 2019

Learning Through Flower Dissections

pussy willow examination

Last Saturday teachers participated in the Flower Dissection program of the Arboretum for Educators, a monthly program aimed at helping teachers learn more about using the natural world for purposeful science learning. This particular class followed the 5E Instructional Model, both as a way to learn new teaching strategies and to experience what it is […]

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Learning About Conifers

by Ana Maria Caballero, Nature Education Specialist
February 8, 2019

Learning About Conifers

Teachers examine conifers outdoors

The brutal cold brought on by the polar vortex lingered long enough to make it almost impossible to enjoy the Conifer Collection up close on Saturday, Feb 2. Instead, teachers attending the monthly Arboretum for Educators to learn about conifer adaptations spent time indoors with collected plant material. The program began with a general introduction […]

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Engineering fog collectors

by Ana Maria Caballero, Nature Education Specialist
October 30, 2018

Engineering fog collectors

Family Drop in tent

Engineers solve problems. This past Sunday, during the final Fog x Kids Family Drop in event called Engineering Fog, children ages 8 and older put on their engineer hats to tackle a real-life problem: the limited access to clean drinking water experienced by many people on Earth, especially those living in desert and semi-arid areas, […]

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