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 3: Conifer Adaptations

Nancy Sableski, Manager of Children’s Education and Ana Maria Caballero, Nature Education Specialist, Arnold Arboretum.
February 2, 2019, 9:00-11:30am

Location: Hunnewell Building and grounds

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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. 

Rosegold Pussy Willow Salix gracilistyla 930-74-A

Is it Spring Yet? A Look at Phenology

 Ana Maria Caballero, Nature Education Specialist, and Nancy Sableski, Manager of Children’s Education, Arnold Arboretum
March 2, 2019, 9:00-11:30am

Location: Hunnewell Building and grounds

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 investigations. Come dressed for muddy explorations!

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