VIRTUAL EDUCATION RESOURCES
In-person programs are on hold, but opportunities for education are limitless. See below for virtual ways to connect with the natural world, and check back frequently for new offerings.
Environmental Education Programs
VIRTUAL FIELD TRIPS
Forests for the Bay
A video exploration of how native forests support healthy watersheds and the Chesapeake Bay. Click here to access the field trip video.
Birds, Bees, and Dandelion Seeds
Designed for second-graders in Queen Anne's and Caroline County Public Schools and funded by the Gray Charitable Trust, this week-long unit focuses on pollinators, seed dispersal, and native bees.
Activities include video clips from the Arboretum, games, experiments, songs, and a final project. Lessons are available for use by homeschool families, private schools, and the general public and are appropriate for students in grades one through four.
Click here to access the field trip unit.
VIRTUAL NATURE PRESCHOOL PROGRAMS
Click here to access virtual lessons to share with young nature lovers.
Self-Guided Family-Friendly Activities
TAKE IT WITH YOU
Each week, we’ll be offering a family-friendly “Take It with You!” activity to add an extra layer of fun to your next Arboretum walk. Download a PDF, or simply snap a photo with your phone. A copy will also be posted on the back entrance of the Visitor’s Center, along with other information to keep you up to date.
Click here to view the activities.
In Field Notes, we bring you news about plants and creatures, live from the field. Written by Jenny Houghton and filmed by Kellen McCluskey, these short clips offer an in-the-moment view of what's happening at the Arboretum.
Field Notes #1: Beaver
Field Notes #2: Shining Sumac
ADKINS FIELD GUIDES
The Adkins Arboretum Field Guide series serves as an introduction to some of the 600-plus species of native shrubs, trees, wildflowers, grasses, and ferns that can be found on our grounds. Whether you are able to visit us in person or only through the guides, we hope you will find these videos and support materials with activities as a helpful starting point in exploring the natural world around you—or as an aid in introducing a young naturalist to the wonders of the wild. We’ve purposefully included only select points of identification and a few examples of ecological benefits and cultural significance for each species—the rest is up to you.
View the Adkins Field Guide series here.
NATURE'S ROLE IN THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD
With endless picturesque scenes that reflect the conditions freedom seekers encountered en route to freedom, Adkins Arboretum serves as the ideal backdrop to provide information about the little-known historical relationship that exists between nature and the Underground Railroad. Click here to learn more.
SYLVAN GREEN EARTH VIDEOS
Arboretum Science Advisor Sylvan Kaufman creates wonderful short education videos about the natural history of some of the plants on the Arboretum grounds.
Each of these videos is packed with information on identification, plant-animal interactions, and some human uses for the plant.
Click here to view Sylvan's catalog of YouTube videos.
WHAT'S IN BLOOM?
Illustrated guides of each month's blooming plants or plants with special seasonal interest can be viewed here.
LIVING COLLECTIONS DATABASE
Adkins Arboretum maintains a living collections database and web mapping platform that allows visitors and staff to research plants found on the property. The database allows users to search for a plant by its scientific or common name, or by what is currently blooming. This search yields extensive information about the plant habit, growing conditions, habitat, phenology, and ethnobotanical information. Click here to access the database.