Freshmen musings from New Mission High

by Ana Maria Caballero McGuire, Children’s Education Fellow
October 2, 2018

Freshmen musings from New Mission High

Fog through Pines

A few weeks ago when the new academic year for Boston Public Schools was just starting, Rene Reyes, a history teacher from the New Mission High School in Hyde Park, reached out to the Arnold Arboretum with a request. How could their entering freshman class visit and engage with a beautiful landscape, and work towards […]

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Field Study Experiences connect students to science

by Jon Hetman, Director of External Relations & Communications
June 29, 2018

Field Study Experiences connect students to science

Hemlock Hill exploration

As spring passes into summer, we wrap up another remarkable school year of Field Study Experiences at the Arnold Arboretum, a period marked by vigorous growth and enthusiastic reception of our programs for elementary life science. We are delighted to report that more students from Boston Public Schools visited to learn in the Arboretum landscape […]

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Searching for Insect Pollinators

by Ana Maria Caballero McGuire, Children’s Education Fellow
June 15, 2016

Searching for Insect Pollinators

Trapping pollinating insects

Recently, a group of ten young educators from the Boston Teacher Residency (BTR) program, along with their two instructors, visited the Arboretum to search for insect pollinators in the Leventritt Garden.  The previous Saturday, another group of Boston Public School teachers had attended a similar Insect Pollinator program through the Arboretum for Educators professional development […]

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Teachers Explore the Ponds

by Ana Maria Caballero McGuire, Children’s Education Fellow
May 11, 2016

Teachers Explore the Ponds

Casting plankton net

On a cold, but not rainy, Saturday morning, Boston Public School educators gathered at the ponds to explore life in and around freshwater ecosystems. Armed with plankton nets, plastic containers, jelly jars, sieves and field guides, teachers made amazing discoveries. Here’s a partial list of the macro-invertebrates collected: damselfly nymphs (two kinds), pond snail, scud […]

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Flower Dissections with Boston Educators

by Ana Maria Caballero McGuire, Children’s Education Fellow
April 6, 2016

Flower Dissections with Boston Educators

BPS teachers with dissecting scope

This past Saturday, April 2, Boston Public School educators went wild tearing apart the flowers of daffodils, magnolias, scillas, and even an early blooming Korean rhododendron. Well, perhaps tearing apart is not the right word—educators dissected the flowers in order to learn more about their reproductive structures. It is quite an experience to see pollen […]

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Boston educators discover twigs

by Ana Maria Caballero McGuire, Children’s Education Fellow
January 11, 2016

Boston educators discover twigs

Kyle talks about twigs

A slight mist did not prevent Boston Public School educators from venturing out into the Arboretum landscape the past Saturday, January 9th to observe and learn about twigs and trees during winter. Arboretum Arborist Kyle Stephens gave a brief overview of twig morphology at the start of the workshop, sharing his own insights into what he […]

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Boston Educators Explore All Things Birds

by Ana Maria Caballero McGuire, Children’s Education Fellow
November 12, 2015

Boston Educators Explore All Things Birds

Arboretum educators bird watching

On Saturday, November 7, Boston educators spent the morning exploring birds and beaks. Longtime volunteer Bob Mayer led teachers on a walk around the Arboretum, explaining how to recognize birds by their shape, coloring, and size. He also shared tips on how to use environmental clues and bird behavior to help identify the bird species. […]

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Arboretum hosts open house for educators

by Ana Maria Caballero McGuire, Children’s Education Fellow
September 14, 2015

Arboretum hosts open house for educators

Arboretum for Educators Open House

Educators from Boston Public Schools came together on Friday, September 11 and Saturday, September 12 for an open house at the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University, an event highlighting the Arboretum as a unique resource for outdoor learning. Classroom teachers (K-12), along with science specialists, learned about the Arboretum’s Field Study Programs through activities and […]

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Spring school programs flower at the Arboretum

by Jon Hetman, Director of External Relations & Communications
May 15, 2013

Spring school programs flower at the Arboretum

School Programs

Spring flowers and new leaves at the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University signal the return of schoolchildren for outdoor field study experiences. For three decades, the Arboretum has reached out to students from Boston Schools to participate in structured explorations of the collections, life science instruction, and engaging interactions with the natural world. This season […]

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Arboretum and Boston Teachers Union School partner for science education

by Jon Hetman, Director of External Relations & Communications
February 15, 2012

Arboretum and Boston Teachers Union School partner for science education

Students from the Boston's Teachers Union School

Ask any scientist where their vocational path began, and you’re likely to hear childhood stories of exploring neighborhood woodlands or hunting for insects at night. In contemporary urban environments, contact with the natural world can prove more elusive both in and out of the classroom. With this in mind, the Arboretum began sending educators into […]

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