Exploring the Arboretum for Educators

Join us the first Saturday of every month, 9:00-11:30am

The Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University is a community resource for education. Arboretum for Educators Monthly Explorations are a professional development opportunity for elementary and middle school teachers to introduce the Arboretum landscape as an outdoor classroom. Participants learn from Children’s Education staff and volunteers about specific hands-on life science topics that may be used or adapted by teachers for their own classrooms and outdoor spaces. Meet and network with other like-minded educators, and engage in life science learning. View 2017-2018 schedule [pdf]

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

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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 near? What questions would arise during such a search with children? Teachers will learn to marshal these wonders and help children turn them into testable questions that can be used to conduct science experiments. Come dressed for muddy explorations!

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 as a flower begins the gradual transformation from bud to fruit. Teachers will also practice this newly gained knowledge outside, examining a great variety of flowers to see the differences and similarities of structures across species.  As always, resources and classroom ready activities will be shared and discussed.

Free and open to the public. Call 617-384-9032 for more information.