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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!

This deck explores the interrelationships between oak trees, squirrels and insects. Students can perform their own science investigation either during or after the lesson.


Explore the phenomenon of seed dispersal by investigating a variety of colorful fruit. Learn about the role animals play in the life cycle of plants.


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.


Nature Stories

Visit our YouTube channel for Storytelling Plus – carefully selected children’s picture books about nature paired with an extension art or science activity. Children ages 3-10 will love to learn more about the world around them while participating in interactive art activities or educational science projects.

Daniel Finds a Poem by Micha Archer

Take a walk in the park with Daniel as he learns about poetry, and then learn how to create an owl collage.

Feathers Not Just For Flying by Melissa Stewart

Birds use feathers in many unusual and ingenious ways! Learn about them using everyday objects and real feathers.

Winter Trees by Carole Gerber

Take a winter walk and notice the unique shapes of certain trees, then play a Tree Bark Matching Game.