Boosting Life Science Education for Public Schools

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

Boosting Life Science Education for Public Schools

School Programs Dig Deeper

For three decades, the Arnold Arboretum has offered free science programs in our landscape for pre-school and elementary students from Greater Boston’s public schools as a part of our educational mission. Our Field Studies Programs emphasize inquiry and hands-on learning with topics ranging from flower form and seed dispersal to changing ecosystems. Up to 2,000 […]

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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 McGuire, Children’s Education Fellow
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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Committed to Excellence in Public Engagement

by Jon Hetman, Director of External Relations & Communications
February 1, 2018

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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Introducing young teachers to the outdoor classroom

by Nancy Sableski, Manager of Children’s Education
November 22, 2016

Introducing young teachers to the outdoor classroom

Students explore North Woods

Each spring and fall, the Field Study Experiences utilizes the Arnold Arboretum’s North Woods as the ideal classroom for kids to experience the natural world. With volunteer guides, students venture into a small forest, overturn rotting logs, and observe soil-dwelling organisms with bug boxes and probes. The North Woods functions as an equally effective classroom […]

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