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. Free and open to the public; call 617.384.9032 for more information.
View 2019-2020 schedule[pdf]
Tree Study part 1: Examining Tree Architecture
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 and shape, and pay close attention to twigs! There will be ample time for questions. We will also discuss the use of a science or nature journal, and experience recording observations in the field.
Tree Study part 2: Inside and Outside Trees
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 of a tree using everyday materials to learn about phloem and xylem. Teachers will discuss ways that students can make models to enhance learning.
As always, resources and strategies for working with children in the outdoors will be shared and discussed.
You need not have attended Tree Study part 1.
Tree Study part 3: Conifer Adaptations
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 cones? A walking tour of the Conifer Collection will help us understand the importance and use of these magnificent trees. After the walk, participants will engage in hands-on activities to examine specific evergreen adaptations and discuss ways to enhance science teaching through nature.
You do not need to have attended parts 1 or 2.