Conifer Adaptations

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

Conifer Adaptations

Conifer Collection

Tree Study part 3: Conifer Adaptations Nancy Sableski, Manager of Children’s Education and Ana Maria Caballero, Nature Education Specialist, Arnold Arboretum February 1, 2020, 9:00-11:30am Location: Hunnewell Building and grounds What is the difference between conifers and evergreens? What special adaptations allow these trees cope during the winter? How can one begin to identify conifers by their needles and […]

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Inside and Outside Trees

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

Inside and Outside Trees

Teachers touching paperbark maple

Tree Study part 2: Inside and Outside Trees Nancy Sableski, Manager of Children’s Education and Ana Maria Caballero, Nature Education Specialist, Arnold Arboretum January 11, 2020 9:00-11:30am Location: Hunnewell Building and grounds This month we will go on a bark walk to appreciate the various types and functions of tree bark. Afterwards, we will make models of the inside […]

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Examining Tree Architecture

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

Examining Tree Architecture

Metasequoia glyptostroboides

Tree Study part 1: Examining Tree Architecture Nancy Sableski, Manager of Children’s Education and Ana Maria Caballero, Nature Education Specialist, Arnold Arboretum December 7, 2019, 9:00-11:30am Location: Hunnewell Building and grounds Register » This month we will walk the landscape and learn how to “read a tree.” We will learn about genotype and phenotype characteristics that determine tree formation […]

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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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