Boston Teachers Learn How to Read Twigs

by Ana Maria Caballero, Nature Education Specialist
January 12, 2017

Boston Teachers Learn How to Read Twigs

Reading twigs

An editor reads books. A mathematician reads numbers. A doctor reads x-rays. A botanist reads…..TWIGS! On Saturday, several Boston area teachers became botanists for the morning. Michael Dosmann, Curator of Living Collections, taught teachers how to interpret the bumps, shapes, and nicks on a twig. The variety of terminal buds alone makes for interesting reading. […]

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Boston educators go birding!

by Ana Maria Caballero, Nature Education Specialist
November 7, 2016

Boston educators go birding!

Mockingbird by Robert Mayer

Boston Educators Go Birding This past Saturday, November 5th, several Boston area teachers joined long time volunteer Bob Mayer for an introductory bird walk and talk along Meadow Road. This event, the second in a year-long series of Arboretum for Educators, aimed to give teachers many ideas and resources for an in depth bird unit […]

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Fall Color and Seed Dispersal

by Ana Maria Caballero, Nature Education Specialist
October 3, 2016

Fall Color and Seed Dispersal

teachers drop seeds

Boston Area Educators Investigate Leaf Color and Seed Dispersal The following comments were heard this past Saturday morning in the Hunnewell Building Lecture Hall: “A bird with outstretched wings somersaulting through the air.” “A twirling ballerina.” “It rotates while it revolves.” “A fairy fall.” No, this was not part of some elaborate circus performance. Instead, […]

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Flower Dissections with Boston Educators

by Ana Maria Caballero, Nature Education Specialist
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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Is It Spring Yet?

by Ana Maria Caballero, Nature Education Specialist
March 7, 2016

Is It Spring Yet?

Boston teachers search for signs of spring

Boston educators went out into the landscape searching for signs of spring this past Saturday, and boy, were there many! Among the chirping birds noticed, the red-winged blackbird made an appearance, as did a very sleepy screech owl in its hole. A pair of possible nesting ducks and geese were also enjoying a leisurely swim. […]

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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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March 5 Monthly Exploration

by Ana Maria Caballero, Nature Education Specialist
January 23, 2016

March 5 Monthly Exploration

Spring bulbs

Is It Spring Yet? Searching for Signs of the New Season Nancy Sableski, Manager of Children’s Education and Ana Maria Caballero, Science Educator, Arnold Arboretum March 5, 9:00-11:00 am Location: Hunnewell Building and grounds pre-register There is a sleeping world outdoors ready to be discovered, observed, and enjoyed by all. This month we will search the landscape for early signs […]

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Boston educators discover twigs

by Ana Maria Caballero, Nature Education Specialist
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, Nature Education Specialist
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 begins new Monthly Explorations series for educators

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

Arboretum begins new Monthly Explorations series for educators

Preparing Pigment Extract

On a windy and rainy Saturday morning, Boston Public School teachers gathered in the Hunnewell Building Lecture Hall at the Arnold Arboretum to learn about fall foliage color and seed dispersal through hands-on experimentation. During the first portion of the morning, teachers learned about leaf function, pigments, and how these change as the days get […]

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