Families celebrate redwing blackbirds’ return

by Nancy Sableski, Manager of Children’s Education
April 15, 2019

Families celebrate redwing blackbirds’ return

Mother daughter capes

Under a shining sun, families enjoyed delightfully creative activities on Sunday, April 14 to welcome back redwing blackbirds. Children and parents wore capes, applied temporary tattoos, played a redwing blackbird memory game, went on a StoryWalk, and learned about the songs of various common birds with the help of puppets and real bird calls recorded […]

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Looking for spring

by Nancy Sableski, Manager of Children’s Education
March 20, 2019

Looking for spring

Children and witch hazel tree

On Sunday, March 17, the Arboretum welcomed families from the program Smart from the Start to search for the signs of spring. Some signs were flamboyant, like the ‘Arnold Promise’ witch-hazel. Others were hidden away, like skunk cabbage and onion grass. We spotted robins seeking worms in the meadow, and we compared the silky pussy willows […]

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February Family Hike: Over and Under the Snow

by Nancy Sableski, Manager of Children’s Education
February 19, 2019

EVERGREEN! Braving the cold

by Nancy Sableski, Manager of Children’s Education
January 28, 2019

EVERGREEN! Braving the cold

Conifer Collection

January 20 was the day of our first winter storm, turning every surface to ice, closing our Visitor Center, and forcing the cancellation of that afternoon’s scheduled Family Hike. Sunday, January 27 looked auspicious for a rescheduled hike focused on evergreens, at least that is until clouds and wind picked up. However, one family braved the conditions […]

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Chickadees call back the sun

by Nancy Sableski, Manager of Children’s Education
December 19, 2018

What is beautiful to you? Families build fairy houses.

by Nancy Sableski, Manager of Children’s Education
November 28, 2018

See What it Means to Be a Field Study Guide

by Nancy Sableski, Manager of Children’s Education
March 30, 2017

Introducing young teachers to the outdoor classroom

by Nancy Sableski, Manager of Children’s Education
November 22, 2016

Introducing young teachers to the outdoor classroom

Students explore North Woods

Each spring and fall, the Field Study Experiences utilizes the Arnold Arboretum’s North Woods as the ideal classroom for kids to experience the natural world. With volunteer guides, students venture into a small forest, overturn rotting logs, and observe soil-dwelling organisms with bug boxes and probes. The North Woods functions as an equally effective classroom […]

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