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1927 Map of the Arboretum

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!

Students will become Nature Detectives, interpreting common signs of animal presence. Along the way, they develop keen observations, practice making claims, presenting evidence, and explaining reasoning.


Tree Architecture is the form trees take, whether because of inherited gene expression or as a result of environmental factors. Learn about some common tree shapes and find out some the many reasons tree architecture is so varied..


Bark is more than just a covering for trees. Learn about the many forms and functions of bark that allow for a tree’s survival.


Evergreen plants have special adaptations that enable survival in cold climates. Learn to recognize a variety of leaf shapes through close observation and science talk. Observational drawings are encouraged.


Witness the diversity of conifer species by observing a variety of cone shapes, sizes, colors, and textures. Students will discuss the function of cones, be mesmerized by time-lapse video, and learn to conduct scientific experiments.