Nature and Me:
Explorations in Ecology



Bringing Boston's youth closer to nature.



A field-based program connecting Boston teachers and their students with nature.
Led by Boston University Science Education and the New England Wildlife Center of Weymouth in collaboration with the Arnold Arboretum

Participating Schools

Teacher Workshops

Tiputini Rainforest Links

Links for Educators

Links for Students

The Nature and Me: Explorations in Ecology program's mission is to get children excited about and familiar with nature.  Students in the Boston Public School system who are participating in this program make several visits a year to the Arnold Arboretum, a "living museum" of trees and other plants in Boston's Jamaica Plain.  Each student "adopts" a tree and studies it through the seasons.  In collaboration with the New England Wildlife Center's popular "Sevens" program, teachers also implement lessons and activities designed  to allow students to gain deeper knowledge about trees and related topics such as flowers, seeds, and ecosystems.  Students and teachers also benefit from Boston University's close connection to the Tiputini Biodiversity Station in the northwest Amazon, and have access to unique images and curriculum materials to bring the rainforest alive in the classroom!


If you are a Boston Public School teacher or administrator who is interested in learning more about getting involved with the Nature and Me project, please send us an email


Sponsoring organizations:
Boston University School of Education
New England Wildlife Center

Arnold Arboretum


Check out the GREAT WORK that participating students have done so far!   Shaw School 
Perry School
 Holmes School
Everett School

Help your students become more astute observers using these images

Feedback and reviews of the program by teacher-leaders and their students