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Arnold Arboretum

Arboretum hosted classes and workshops

In addition to supporting Harvard classes, the Arnold Arboretum shares its collections and landscape with educators and students affiliated with other institutions in the Boston area and beyond. The following list highlights some of the courses and workshops offered by other universities and colleges that have utilized the Arboretum. Please note these courses are not offered as a part of the Arnold Arboretum’s adult education program.

Archaeology (AR507), Boston University

Chris Roosevelt
Fall 2013

Students from Boston University Archaeology class entitled “The lay of the land: Surface and subsurface mapping in archeology” will learn practical mapping techniques while collecting data on archaeologically-significant areas of the Arnold Arboretum. The class will use a wide range of technologies, both old and new, to visualize and document the surface and subsurface features of two important Arboretum sites. The class will use the collected data to document valuable archaeological and heritage information and promote preservation initiatives.

Urban Wilds Studio (LARC2130-01), Northeastern University

Brad Goetz
Fall 2013

The Bussey Brook Meadow was the site of an outdoor classroom for students in the Landscape Architecture program at Northeastern University. As an urban wild with a detailed history of disturbance, Bussey Brook Meadow offers the perfect site for students to conceptualize the inherent conditions of a disturbed terrain, develop an awareness of the complex socio-ecological issues affecting urban landscapes, and develop the skills to see, interpret, and construct site interventions based upon their analysis.

Digital STS and Design Workshop

Yanni Loukissas, Harvard University. Laura Forlano, Illinois Institute of Technology, David Ribes, Georgetown University, Janet Vertesi, Princeton University
June 27-28, 2013

Scholors in Science and Technology Studies (STS) from around the world met at the Arnold Arboretum to explore ways “big data” could be digitally designed to form “data narratives”, a form of expression to organize knowledge. By bridging science and humanities together, a narrative or linear story, can be formed that allows large complex datasets to be seen in different ways, through different eyes, bringing deeper meaning to science, humanities, and general audiences alike. projects »

Arbonauts Studio

NuVu Studios, in collaboration with MetaLAB (at) Harvard and the Arnold Arboretum
Winter term 2012

NuVu Studios held a pair of two-week studios during the winter term to immerse K-12 students in research-oriented interactions with living collections. By focusing on the collections of the Arnold Arboretum, the objective of the studios was to encourage students to generate ideas for data visualization without preconceptions of the Arboretum, or plant science, in a way that engages the general public in new ways. projects »

Ecology of Plants (BI 407), Boston College

Colleen Hitchcock
October 26 to November 15, 2011

Students from an undergraduate plant ecology course studied honey locust germination rates at the arboretum. They collected seed pods from 10 plants in the Arboretum, taking a soil core sample near each specimen and placing a particulate matter collectors (index card size, sticky pad) on each tree (for a 1-2 week period).
iPlant Genomics in Education

iPlant Genomics in Education Workshop

Jason Williams, iPlant Collaborative and DNA Learning Center Cold Spring Harbor Labs.
October 28-29, 2011

College educators from around the region, representing community colleges and four year schools, participated in the workshop to learn important concepts in genomics and find ways to teach those concepts. Using the same resources available to the plant biology research community, the participants collected “unknown” species of wildflowers from the hillside outside the Arboretum’s Weld Hill Research Building, performed DNA extraction and barcoding experiments in the undergraduate teaching lab, and practiced analyzing their results on their computers. more »

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