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Virtual Learning

This frog drawing is based on a virtual presentation to students from the Boston Public Mission Hill School. It shows a "boy frog (big eardrum) calling with his mouth and nostrils open." L. Schulman
child drawn frog

The Arboretum offers many opportunities for students and their teachers to continue connecting with nature and learning about natural phenomenon virtually. Read below to find your next adventure!

30-Minute Nature

These are ready-made Google Slides available for download and use with Grades K-5 students. Their purpose is to allow children to notice and observe nature, engage in thoughtful science talk, and discover playful ways to take this learning outdoors. Each slide deck comes with extensive Teacher Notes in the speaker notes section of every slide. Each slide deck provides 30 minutes of nature learning, but inspires a lifetime of nature noticing!


Nature has many different ways to tell us that the season is changing. Learn about some of the sights and sounds of emerging spring, then challenge your students to get outdoors and find them all.


Often one does not get to see the many animals that live in nearby habitats, but with a good eye, anyone can find the evidence they leave behind. This ‘whodunit’ deck of slides challenges students to carefully observe a piece of evidence, analyze the ‘suspects,’ make a claim, and explain the reasoning for their choice. Afterward, students can search for animal signs in their own schoolyard.


Leaves that stay on a tree year-round have unique adaptations for survival during winter months. Explore the diverse world of evergreen leaves and enjoy a bit of green this season. Then get outside for your own evergreen adventures. 


Cones may be great for using in a fireplace or decorating seasonal displays, but what are they really for? Is every cone a “pinecone”? Discover an amazing variety of cone shapes, sizes, textures and colors; then get outside to collect cones and use them in fun experiments to learn more about their function. 


Bark protects a tree in many different ways. Use this deck to introduce ‘similes’ to your students and help them see bark in a whole new way. Afterwards, make time for an outdoor art project that gets children up close and personal with bark. 


Children use their bodies to mimic various tree forms and their fingers to “air draw” a variety of tree shapes online. Along the way they learn vocabulary words to describe these tree structures and a bit about why trees have certain shapes. Poetry, art and science combine to make this deck memorable and encourage students to enjoy long winter walks!