Exploring Pond Ecosystems

by Ana Maria Caballero, Nature Education Specialist
January 30, 2020

Exploring Pond Ecosystems

Educators go ponding at Dawson Pond

Exploring Pond Ecosystems 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 […]

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Tree habit

by Ana Maria Caballero, Nature Education Specialist
December 10, 2019

Tree habit

Magnolia acuminata in winter showing decurrent growth habit.

Sometimes trees get a bad rap. There’s the Whomping Willow of Harry Potter fame, the trees in Snow White’s terrifying Dark Forest, and our very own cucumbertree (Magnolia acuminata, 15154*D), which was recently described as grumpy, gnarly, and foreboding by several participants of Saturday’s Arboretum for Educators program. The topic was tree architecture and the […]

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Boston educators examine tree architecture

by Ana Maria Caballero, Nature Education Specialist
December 5, 2016

Boston educators examine tree architecture

Teachers sketch trees

“Now is the best season for arborists. Leaves and flowers? That’s just a distraction!” So began Andrew Gapinski, Manager of Horticulture, as he addressed about a dozen Boston area teachers during this month’s Arboretum for Educators event, Tree Study part 1: Examining Tree Architecture. Armed with a sketch book and pencil, participants visited select trees […]

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Teachers Explore the Ponds

by Ana Maria Caballero, Nature Education Specialist
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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Conifers in the snow

by Ana Maria Caballero, Nature Education Specialist
February 8, 2016

Conifers in the snow

Conifer Path in the snow

Samples of conifer branches, needles, and cones? Check. Science experiments that demonstrate conifer adaptations? Check. Packet of resource materials for teachers? Check. Seven inches of snow? Yes! On Saturday February 6th, Boston teachers ventured down Conifer Path in search of a variety of evergreen trees. Armed with information about the reproductive structures of conifers, it […]

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Boston Teachers explore the geology of the Arboretum

by Ana Maria Caballero, Nature Education Specialist
December 5, 2015

Boston Teachers explore the geology of the Arboretum

Educators Explore Puddingstone

On Saturday, December 5, Boston Public School educators participated in a geology walk at the Arnold Arboretum led by geologist Jennifer Lenz. After a brief introduction to plate tectonics and other geological concepts, the group spent an hour briskly walking on an esker near the Leventritt Shrub and Vine Garden, around an outcropping of Roxbury […]

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