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]
Exploring Pond Ecosystems
This month we will look closely at the life cycles of organisms that make their home in and around pond ecosystems. We will look for evidence of birds, insects, amphibians, reptiles and mammals, and consider their diverse interactions with plants. Attempts will be made at identifying the current life cycle stages for these organisms, as well as understanding the entire progression. We will also collect pond water for further investigations with different levels of magnification, and use field guides to help identify macroinvertebrates present in the water.