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]

Educators go ponding at Dawson Pond

Exploring Pond Ecosystems

This April program has been cancelled. Please check back for the status of the May program.

Ana Maria Caballero, Nature Education Specialist, Arnold Arboretum
April 11, 9:00-11:30am
Location: Hunnewell Building and landscape


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. 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.

flower parts organizer

What Are Flowers? Form and Function Through Dissections

Ana Maria Caballero, Nature Education Specialist, Arnold Arboretum
May 2, 9:00-11:30am
Location: Hunnewell Building and grounds

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.

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