Bringing nature learning back outside

by Ana Maria Caballero, Nature Education Specialist
July 25, 2019

Science in the schoolyard

by Ana Maria Caballero, Nature Education Specialist
May 28, 2019

Science in the schoolyard

Mission Hill playground

More than a dozen Boston Public School teachers and area educators participated in a two-day professional development institute hosted by the Arnold Arboretum and the Museum of Science, in collaboration with the Friends of the Boston Schoolyards. Science in the Schoolyard—Teaching Science Standards With Outdoor Spaces aimed to help teachers see the power of outdoor […]

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Learning About Conifers

by Ana Maria Caballero, Nature Education Specialist
February 8, 2019

Learning About Conifers

Teachers examine conifers outdoors

The brutal cold brought on by the polar vortex lingered long enough to make it almost impossible to enjoy the Conifer Collection up close on Saturday, Feb 2. Instead, teachers attending the monthly Arboretum for Educators to learn about conifer adaptations spent time indoors with collected plant material. The program began with a general introduction […]

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2018 Syllabus and Resources

by Ana Maria Caballero, Nature Education Specialist
October 16, 2018

2018 Syllabus and Resources

2018 Investigating Ecosystems Through Fieldwork Syllabus and Resources Rationale This institute focused on teaching the methodologies of fieldwork to primarily middle and high school teachers. Educators then used these techniques to examine and come to understand two distinct ecosystems. An important goal of the institute was to highlight simple procedures to collect data over time, […]

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Teaching and learning in the field

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

Teaching and learning in the field

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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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Summer Institute Participants Build a Plant From Bottom to Top

by Ana Maria Caballero, Nature Education Specialist
August 31, 2017

Summer Institute Participants Build a Plant From Bottom to Top

Teachers Mimic Tree Architecture

How is a tree put together and how does it grow? How do plants build cells out of thin air? How do those cells build discrete structures with specific functions? From August 21-24, 2017, twenty teachers of grades Pre-K through six, many of them classroom teachers and/or art, media, and several science specialists, came together […]

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Summer Institute 2016: Plants in the Web of Life

by Ana Maria Caballero, Nature Education Specialist
September 1, 2016

Summer Institute 2016: Plants in the Web of Life

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The Arnold Arboretum Summer Institute 2016: Plants in the Web of Life From August 22-24, the Arboretum held a unique workshop for educators – the first of its kind. Various Boston Public School teachers and specialists ranging from Pre-K through Grade 8 participated in an intensive 3-day seminar on botany and plant evolution at the Arnold […]

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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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