Amid funding cuts to research and a rapidly changing environment, citizen-generated data hold real value for scientists, and participation in programs like the Tree Spotters at the Arnold Arboretum is growing. Read more in the Christian Science Monitor.
At the Arboretum and across the globe, volunteers are challenging the notion that science happens behind closed doors. Citizen scientists—individuals who contribute their time and efforts towards observation and data collection—are transforming the nature of scientific discovery through their collaborative efforts with professional researchers. Around the world, citizen scientists work alongside professionals in fields ranging […]
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.
The Tree Spotters monitor the life cycles of trees, noting when they bud, grow leaves and turn colors. The data they collect is used by scientists to study everything from seasonal allergies to how climate change may be affecting New England’s trees. Read more from WGBH.