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 2018-2019 schedule [pdf]

flower dissection

What Are Flowers? Form and Function Through Dissections

Nancy Sableski, Manager of Children’s Education and Ana Maria Caballero, Nature Education Specialist, Arnold Arboretum
April 6, 9:00-11:30am
Location: Hunnewell Building and grounds

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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.

Learning outdoors

Science in the Schoolyard – Teaching Science Standards with Outdoor Spaces

A collaboration between the Museum of Science, the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University, and the Friends of the Boston Schoolyards

Many science standards can be taught and reinforced in the outdoor spaces around our schools and in our play yards. Join the Museum of Science, the Arnold Arboretum, and the Friends of the Boston Schoolyards to examine curriculum and practices that nurture student relationships to the natural world and embed science learning in outdoor spaces.

Ana Maria Caballero, Nature Education Specialist, Arnold Arboretum and Meredith Mahoney, Teacher Educator, Museum of Science

Audience: K-5 Grade Teachers

Dates: Saturdays, May 4 and 18, 8:30 – 2:00pm.  Teachers who attend both sessions are eligible for 10 hours PDP


May 4 – Arnold Arboretum and Mission Hill School

May 18 – Museum of Science and Dante Alighieri School

During each session, participants will learn how to incorporate essential science practices while investigating phenomena using hands-on materials across several science disciplines. The morning will be spent at each institution, while the afternoon will be held in real outdoor spaces within Boston Public Schools. Teachers will have ample opportunities to practice learning in the outdoors, share ideas with colleagues, and envision the potential of any outdoor space for meaningful and effective teaching and learning.

Register through the Museum of Science website here. Note: You will need to register as a Teacher Partner in their Teacher Partner Program, which is free and easy.

May 4 – Meet at the Arnold Arboretum

  • Directions and parking
  • We will meet in the Hunnewell Building and walk to the Mission Hill School.
  • Dress for outdoor learning.

May 18 – Meet at the Museum of Science

  • We will validate parking on the day we host – please bring parking ticket with you to Educator Resource Center.
  • We will meet in the lobby of MOS – someone from our team will come down at 8:20 to greet participants as they come.
  • The Educator Resource Center tends to vary in temperatures and tends to be very chilly – dress in layers!
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