A Mission Cultivated By Volunteers

by Jon Hetman, Director of External Relations & Communications
January 29, 2020

A Mission Cultivated By Volunteers

Dig Deeper volunteers

The Arnold Arboretum flourishes through the cooperation of individuals who generously contribute their time, energy, and passion for nature as Arboretum volunteers. Through continuous learning and engagement, Arboretum docents have welcomed and informed Arboretum visitors through personally-crafted tours that reveal the rich stories of our plants and landscape, our history, and our research. On weekends […]

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Expanding opportunities for learning outside in Boston

by Ana Maria Caballero, Nature Education Specialist
January 28, 2020

Expanding opportunities for learning outside in Boston

self-guided pond exploration

There’s a whole world out there, right outside your window. You’d be a fool to miss it. – Charlotte Eriksson As a public garden and educational institution, the Arnold Arboretum is committed to helping children and youth get outside and explore the natural world through many programs. The Arboretum also offers opportunities and free resources […]

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A season of learning and growth

by Nancy Sableski, Manager of Children’s Education
December 5, 2019

A season of learning and growth

Children examine fungi

“I can’t believe we learned so much in just a few minutes!” —Elementary school student visiting the Arboretum This fall, the Field Study Experiences at the Arnold Arboretum—our educational outreach programming for pre-school and elementary school students—expanded in all domains: more new guides, more new Boston Public School classrooms participating in the programs, and more […]

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Arboretum shares nature learning with kids for 35 years

by Deborah Blackwell, Marketing & Communications Specialist
October 22, 2019

Arboretum shares nature learning with kids for 35 years

Field Study Experience visit to North Woods

Thirty-five years ago, the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University began offering free programs for elementary school students called Field Study Experiences (FSE), opening the gates of nature and science to thousands of Boston Public School (BPS) children. The initiative—launched in 1984 with a request from the Boston schools to local museums to help enhance the […]

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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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Remembering Barbara Balasa, volunteer guide and docent (1944-2019)

by Deborah Blackwell, Marketing & Communications Specialist
February 26, 2019

Committed to Excellence in Public Engagement

by Jon Hetman, Director of External Relations & Communications
February 20, 2019

Committed to Excellence in Public Engagement

Volunteer Dig Deeper

The Arboretum relies on public support to pursue its mission, and volunteers play an essential role in our outreach. Since our centennial in 1972, volunteer docents have trained to lead the majority of free guided tours in the Arboretum landscape, and the more recent arrival of Arboretum Interpreters has further enhanced visitor interaction. Our Field […]

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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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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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Planting Deeper

by Ana Maria Caballero, Nature Education Specialist
October 3, 2017