Impressions from a visiting professor

by Ana Maria Caballero McGuire, Children’s Education Fellow
May 17, 2018

Impressions from a visiting professor

Olga Mayoral

Recently, the Arnold Arboretum hosted a six week visit by Olga Mayoral, a professor from the Department of Experimental and Social Sciences (Faculty of Teacher Training) of the Universitat de València in Spain. She is also a researcher at the Botanic Garden of the Universitat de València. Olga’s stay in March and April 2018 was […]

Continue reading


Pollinator Diversity

by Ana Maria Caballero McGuire, Children’s Education Fellow
May 17, 2018

Pollinator Diversity

wasp in a bug box

Pollinator Diversity Nancy Sableski, Manager of Children’s Education and Ana Maria Caballero, Children’s Education Fellow, Arnold Arboretum June 2, 9:00-11:30am Location: Hunnewell Building and grounds Register » This month we will focus on the diversity of insect pollinators and the many strategies that insects use for pollinating flowers in the landscape. Using nets and bug boxes, teachers will practice […]

Continue reading


Spring marches on, despite snow

by Ana Maria Caballero McGuire, Children’s Education Fellow
March 14, 2018

Spring marches on, despite snow

spring under snow

Boston educators entered the landscape this past Saturday (March 10) searching for signs of spring, and boy, were there many! Among chirping birds, the red-winged blackbird made an appearance, as did a few woodpeckers. Pairs of red-breasted robins hunted for nesting materials while evading a juvenile red-tailed hawk overhead. Teachers were fascinated by the large, […]

Continue reading


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 […]

Continue reading


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 […]

Continue reading


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 […]

Continue reading


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 […]

Continue reading


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 […]

Continue reading


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 […]

Continue reading