Boosting Life Science Education for Public Schools

by Jon Hetman, Director of External Relations & Communications
September 27, 2019

Boosting Life Science Education for Public Schools

School Programs Dig Deeper

In October, students from around Boston return to our landscape as our fall school programs begin. For over three decades, the Arnold Arboretum has offered free science programs for pre-school and elementary students from Greater Boston’s public schools as a part of our educational mission. Our Field Studies Experiences emphasize inquiry and hands-on learning with […]

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Science in the schoolyard

by Ana Maria Caballero, Nature Education Specialist
May 28, 2019

Science in the schoolyard

Mission Hill playground

More than a dozen Boston Public School teachers and area educators participated in a two-day professional development institute hosted by the Arnold Arboretum and the Museum of Science, in collaboration with the Friends of the Boston Schoolyards. Science in the Schoolyard—Teaching Science Standards With Outdoor Spaces aimed to help teachers see the power of outdoor […]

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Impressions from a visiting professor

by Ana Maria Caballero, Nature Education Specialist
May 17, 2018

Impressions from a visiting professor

Olga Mayoral

Recently, the Arnold Arboretum hosted a six week visit by Olga Mayoral, a professor from the Department of Experimental and Social Sciences (Faculty of Teacher Training) of the Universitat de València in Spain. She is also a researcher at the Botanic Garden of the Universitat de València. Olga’s stay in March and April 2018 was […]

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Spring marches on, despite snow

by Ana Maria Caballero, Nature Education Specialist
March 14, 2018

Spring marches on, despite snow

spring under snow

Boston educators entered the landscape this past Saturday (March 10) searching for signs of spring, and boy, were there many! Among chirping birds, the red-winged blackbird made an appearance, as did a few woodpeckers. Pairs of red-breasted robins hunted for nesting materials while evading a juvenile red-tailed hawk overhead. Teachers were fascinated by the large, […]

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Teachers learn about conifers

by Ana Maria Caballero, Nature Education Specialist
February 7, 2018

Teachers learn about conifers

fir close observation

On Saturday, February 3, Boston area educators gathered in the Hunnewell Building Lecture Hall for this month’s Arboretum for Educators event highlighting conifer adaptations. Hands-on exploratory activities and a short walk near the Hunnewell Building allowed teachers to discover ways to identify four members of the Pinaceae, or pine family: fir (Abies spp.), spruce (Picea […]

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Teachers search for tree bark

by Ana Maria Caballero, Nature Education Specialist
December 5, 2017

Teachers search for tree bark

Teacher examines paperbark maple

On Saturday, December 2, a group of Boston area teachers searched for trees whose bark resembled string cheese, camo pants, saggy socks, or peeling paint! They found seven son flower (Heptacodium miconioides 1549-80*B), Japanese stewartia (Stewartia pseudocamellia 8-43*A), purple European beech (Fagus sylvatica ‘Atropunicea‘ 452-51*A), and paperbark maple (Acer griseum 279-62*A), among many other examples of trees with […]

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Summer Institute Participants Build a Plant From Bottom to Top

by Ana Maria Caballero, Nature Education Specialist
August 31, 2017

Summer Institute Participants Build a Plant From Bottom to Top

Teachers Mimic Tree Architecture

How is a tree put together and how does it grow? How do plants build cells out of thin air? How do those cells build discrete structures with specific functions? From August 21-24, 2017, twenty teachers of grades Pre-K through six, many of them classroom teachers and/or art, media, and several science specialists, came together […]

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Teachers Study Flowers and Pollinators

by Ana Maria Caballero, Nature Education Specialist
June 6, 2017

Teachers Study Flowers and Pollinators

Educators examine azalea flowers

The Arboretum for Educators group took advantage of the spectacular blooms along Meadow Road for this month’s session. Teachers were tasked with carefully observing the flowers of a cluster of azaleas found next to the centenarian cork tree (phellodendron amurense var. Lavellei 7544-B) and sketching a perfect open flower in the center of their paper. […]

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Searching for Signs of Spring

by Ana Maria Caballero, Nature Education Specialist
March 10, 2017

Searching for Signs of Spring

Common Snowdrop (Galanthus nivalis) in bloom

Searching for Signs of Spring A 20°F morning did not deter several Boston area educators from coming to the Arboretum this past Saturday for a close look at the many signs of spring visible in the collections. The landscape is already preparing for the new season, even if we are still clinging to our mittens, hats, […]

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Boston Educators Explore Conifers

by Ana Maria Caballero, Nature Education Specialist
February 10, 2017

Boston Educators Explore Conifers

opening hemlock cones

On Saturday, February 4, Boston area educators gathered in the Hunnewell Building Lecture Hall for this month’s Arboretum for Educators event highlighting conifer adaptations. Hands-on exploratory activities and a walk in the Conifer Collection introduced many teachers to the complexities of gymnosperms. What are the observable differences between fir and spruce? Can you recognize a […]

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