The Arboretum for Educators
Resources for Teachers, Students, and Families
What is a Leaf?
Leaves come in a variety of shapes, sizes, textures, and colors. Their arrangements on a stem vary, as do their vein patterns. An individual leaf can be different colors on topside and underside; some have hairs or prickles, while others are shiny and smooth. However, all leaves have the same function: to capture sunlight and create sugar for the plant. Take some time this month to get outdoors and investigate leaves in all their glorious autumn splendor. 

A good place to start is with a ready-to-download deck of Google slides Why and How Leaves Change Color.

The following experiments will add to student discoveries:
Grades 3-5
Middle School
High School
October Happenings at the Arboretum
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Woodturners Weekend
Friday, 10/7, noon-4:00pm
Saturday-Sunday, 10/8-10/9, 10:00am-4:00pm
Hunnewell Building, Arnold Arboretum
Visit the Arboretum for live woodturning demonstrations! Woodturners from throughout New England will exhibit their work at the Arboretum for a weekend of demos and talks with the artisans. Using a lathe to form their pieces, woodturners create practical objects or “turn” to the purely aesthetic, resulting in a show that appeals to the eye and the touch.
Crabapple and Maple Festival
Saturday, 10/15, noon–3:00pm
Maple and Crabapple Collections, Arnold Arboretum
Celebrate fall color at the Arboretum! With species of maples and crabapples from around the world, the Arboretum’s autumnal palette is unrivaled. Join the festivities for children’s activities, learn about the Crabapple and Maple Collections from staff and volunteers, and view our plants up close with our microscope station. Guided tours will take place at 1:00pm and 2:00pm in each collection, and a Tree Mob on crabapple disease management will be held at noon in the Crabapple Collection.
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