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]
Tree Study part 1: Inside and Outside Trees
This month we will a) focus on the outside appearance of trees and b) learn about what happens inside the trunk.
We will walk the landscape examining bark and “reading twigs.” Participants will consider the great variation in leaf arrangement, buds, scars and scales that are present in every tree, as well as various types of bark. Through sketches participants will practice making scientific observations.
Indoors, we will make models of the inside of a tree using everyday materials, and discuss ways to use models with students.
As always, resources and strategies for working with children in the outdoors will be shared and discussed.
Free and open to the public. Call 617.384.9032 for more information.
Tree Study part 2: Examining Tree Architecture
This month we will walk the landscape and learn how to “read a tree.” We will consider the visible (outer) and invisible (inner) characteristics that determine tree formation and shape, as well as the environmental conditions that may affect growth and development of trees. 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.
You do not need to have attended part 1.