Learning Through Flower Dissections

by Ana Maria Caballero, Nature Education Specialist
April 11, 2019

Learning Through Flower Dissections

pussy willow examination

Last Saturday teachers participated in the Flower Dissection program of the Arboretum for Educators, a monthly program aimed at helping teachers learn more about using the natural world for purposeful science learning. This particular class followed the 5E Instructional Model, both as a way to learn new teaching strategies and to experience what it is […]

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Learning About Conifers

by Ana Maria Caballero, Nature Education Specialist
February 8, 2019

Learning About Conifers

Teachers examine conifers outdoors

The brutal cold brought on by the polar vortex lingered long enough to make it almost impossible to enjoy the Conifer Collection up close on Saturday, Feb 2. Instead, teachers attending the monthly Arboretum for Educators to learn about conifer adaptations spent time indoors with collected plant material. The program began with a general introduction […]

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2018 Syllabus and Resources

by Ana Maria Caballero, Nature Education Specialist
October 16, 2018

2018 Syllabus and Resources

2018 Investigating Ecosystems Through Fieldwork Syllabus and Resources Rationale This institute focused on teaching the methodologies of fieldwork to primarily middle and high school teachers. Educators then used these techniques to examine and come to understand two distinct ecosystems. An important goal of the institute was to highlight simple procedures to collect data over time, […]

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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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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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Boston Teachers Learn How to Read Twigs

by Ana Maria Caballero, Nature Education Specialist
January 12, 2017

Boston Teachers Learn How to Read Twigs

Reading twigs

An editor reads books. A mathematician reads numbers. A doctor reads x-rays. A botanist reads…..TWIGS! On Saturday, several Boston area teachers became botanists for the morning. Michael Dosmann, Curator of Living Collections, taught teachers how to interpret the bumps, shapes, and nicks on a twig. The variety of terminal buds alone makes for interesting reading. […]

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Boston educators go birding!

by Ana Maria Caballero, Nature Education Specialist
November 7, 2016

Boston educators go birding!

Mockingbird by Robert Mayer

Boston Educators Go Birding This past Saturday, November 5th, several Boston area teachers joined long time volunteer Bob Mayer for an introductory bird walk and talk along Meadow Road. This event, the second in a year-long series of Arboretum for Educators, aimed to give teachers many ideas and resources for an in depth bird unit […]

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Fall Color and Seed Dispersal

by Ana Maria Caballero, Nature Education Specialist
October 3, 2016

Fall Color and Seed Dispersal

teachers drop seeds

Boston Area Educators Investigate Leaf Color and Seed Dispersal The following comments were heard this past Saturday morning in the Hunnewell Building Lecture Hall: “A bird with outstretched wings somersaulting through the air.” “A twirling ballerina.” “It rotates while it revolves.” “A fairy fall.” No, this was not part of some elaborate circus performance. Instead, […]

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Is It Spring Yet?

by Ana Maria Caballero, Nature Education Specialist
March 7, 2016

Is It Spring Yet?

Boston teachers search for signs of spring

Boston educators went out into the landscape searching for signs of spring this past Saturday, and boy, were there many! Among the chirping birds noticed, the red-winged blackbird made an appearance, as did a very sleepy screech owl in its hole. A pair of possible nesting ducks and geese were also enjoying a leisurely swim. […]

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