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Arnold Arboretum Summer Institute

Arboretum Horticulturist Brendan Keegan (right) explains the relationship between milkweed and monarch caterpillars at the 2019 Summer Institute.
Brendan Keegan (right) explains the relationship between milkweed and monarch caterpillars.
Teachers make field notes while observing a meadow.
Teachers make field notes while observing a meadow. Ana Maria Caballero
Teacher journaling in a research plot in the Central Woods.
Teacher journaling in a research plot in the Central Woods. Ana Maria Caballero

Summer Institute 2022

Science is… For Me

A Celebration of Teachers and the Arboretum’s Commitment to Education

August 15-18


Free, lunch included

For Teachers in Grades K-12

Join the Arnold Arboretum for a series of morning walks, lunchtime talks, and afternoon workshops on a variety of scientific subjects aimed at invigorating the mind and soul of teachers from Boston area public schools. Each day highlights topics and activities that can be adapted for students of all ages. Let us say “thank you” for keeping science alive. Let us help your students believe that Science is for Me.

  • Monday | Science is… Thought-provoking: Evolution and Climate Change
  • Tuesday | Science is… Transformational: Carbon Capture and Science Communication
  • Wednesday | Science is… Agency: Inspiring Youth Activism
  • Thursday | Science is… Interconnected: Science in the Field

The 2022 Summer Institute is fully subscribed. Please email Ana Maria Caballero to be put on the waiting list.

An Opportunity for Educators

The Arnold Arboretum offers a multi-day institute every summer intended for educators. Each institute has a different focus and varying target audience. Preference is given to teachers from the Boston Public Schools (BPS) and we encourage teams of teachers (up to four people) from the same school to apply together. Single applications are also accepted. Other specialists are also encouraged to join a team, or apply singly.

See information and resources from the past summer institutes.

Goals of the Institute

1. To give teachers needed knowledge about plants and their environments that will enable them to create lessons/units of study aligned with the new Massachusetts Science, Technology, and Engineering Standards.

2.  To expose teachers to using the outdoors in general, and the Arnold Arboretum in particular, as a means for teaching life science standards.

3.  To share resources, teaching ideas, materials, and expertise with teachers so they can feel confident in and comfortable with leading purposeful life science lessons, both indoors and outdoors.

4.  To develop relationships with teacher teams within BPS schools for continued professional development during the school year, including school visits by Arboretum educators and facilitated field trips to the Arboretum.

Teacher Benefits

  • Free, high quality professional development taught by guest speakers and Arboretum staff.
  • Free bus transportation for a self-guided field trip to the Arboretum during the following academic school year.
  • Professional Development Points (PDPs) at conclusion of institute.
  • Access to resources and education staff throughout the year.
  • Free lunch, drinks, and snacks provided daily.
  • A collegial atmosphere set in a beautiful landscape for timely and relevant learning.