Partnering with Teachers to Reinforce Content
and Provide Hands On Exploratory Learning
in Schoolyards


Free Guided Programs

PreK- 12th Grade
The Arboretum’s professional environmental educators provide modeling of outdoor education techniques for teachers as they guide students through an introductory lesson at the beginning of the school year, offer support to teachers as needed throughout the school year, and lead a discussion and wrap-up activity incorporating the NC Standard Course of Study with students at years end.



Engaging Students in Real Science Outdoors

Teachers conduct 15 minute observations with their students weekly on a project of their choice, including birds, squirrels or plants.
Students submit their data to real scientists and are invited to present at The Mountain Science Expo at The NC Arboretum.
Teachers receive a small grant award to purchase class materials and are able to borrow field equipment for the school year.



Curriculum Guide:
By Teachers for Teachers

This teacher created curriculum guide includes hands-on, interdisciplinary activities that support your students science research and includes science, english, math, and social studies lessons for grades K-5 (more grades coming!) so that you can incorporate your students data collection into the standard course of study throughout the year.

“Master new ways of teaching and facilitate student engagement and learning”
— Aerin W. Benavides, Ph.D. Department of Teacher Education and Higher Education at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro
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