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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Horticultural Interns, 1991

by Larissa Glasser, Library Assistant
August 1, 2019

Horticultural Interns, 1991

Interns 1991

Horticultural Interns, 1991 Photographer unknown Arnold Arboretum, Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, United States 1991 The Arnold Arboretum has employed many interns across multiple departments helping with research, curation, and grounds work. One of the most well-known and longstanding internship opportunities is the Isabella Welles Hunnewell Internship Program. Endowed by the descendants of H. H. Hunnewell and […]

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EVERGREEN! Braving the cold

by Nancy Sableski, Manager of Children’s Education
January 28, 2019

EVERGREEN! Braving the cold

Conifer Collection

January 20 was the day of our first winter storm, turning every surface to ice, closing our Visitor Center, and forcing the cancellation of that afternoon’s scheduled Family Hike. Sunday, January 27 looked auspicious for a rescheduled hike focused on evergreens, at least that is until clouds and wind picked up. However, one family braved the conditions […]

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Pencil, paper, and the Nature Journal Workshop

by Sheryl White, Coordinator of Visitor Engagement
January 15, 2019

Pencil, paper, and the Nature Journal Workshop

Regina Gardner Milan

Last Saturday’s (January 12) frigid temperatures found eight young artists gathering indoors—to explore the outdoors—in a Nature Journal Workshop at the Arnold Arboretum with exhibiting artist Regina Gardner Milan. Participating students ranging in age from 8 to 12 years old encountered tables displaying collections of leaves, acorns, pods, shells, even a rodent skull, along with […]

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What is beautiful to you? Families build fairy houses.

by Nancy Sableski, Manager of Children’s Education
November 28, 2018

Teaching and learning in the field

by Ana Maria Caballero, Nature Education Specialist
October 9, 2018

Teaching and learning in the field

DBH tape

field·work /’fēldwərk/, noun 1. practical work conducted by a researcher in the natural environment, rather than in a laboratory or office.   Twenty-two elementary, middle and high school teachers were engaged in exactly that this past August, during the Arnold Arboretum’s annual Summer Institute. With “Investigating Ecosystems Through Fieldwork” as its theme, the Institute brought […]

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Freshmen musings from New Mission High

by Ana Maria Caballero, Nature Education Specialist
October 2, 2018

A Dynamic Cultural Institution Rooted in Nature

by Jon Hetman, Director of External Relations & Communications
August 10, 2018

A Dynamic Cultural Institution Rooted in Nature

Culture Dig Deeper

The Arnold Arboretum represents a vital cultural resource for Boston and New England, both as a historical landscape designed by Frederick Law Olmsted and as a center for the study and appreciation of our natural heritage. Through outreach programs for adults and childen alike, the Arboretum inspires the public to engage with the Arboretum’s collections […]

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Field Study Experiences at the Arnold Arboretum

by Boston Neighborhood Network
January 18, 2018

Field Study Experiences at the Arnold Arboretum

FSE Video Frame

The Arboretum engages pre-school and elementary students in Boston Public Schools with free science programs in our landscape. Learn what excites kids about plants and ecology in a new video highlighting our Field Study Experience on ecosystem change for fifth graders. Learn more in a video created with the support of the Boston Neighborhood Network.

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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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