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Adult Opportunities

Tree Invaders Teacher Workshop

Citizen science monitoring for invasive species

Content Detail

Make the most out of August’s Tree Check Month this year at The Morton Arboretum to learn more about the insects and diseases that threaten our trees. Dive deep into the history of the pesky emerald ash borer, Dutch elm disease, spotted lanternfly and other pesky invaders. Explore strategies to prevent new pests while discovering the importance of tree species diversity. Explore the citizen science tools and lessons for third  through fifth grade that can help you and your classroom prevent your schoolyard, backyard, and neighborhood trees from being invaded.

This program meets in person at the Arboretum.

Instructor: Barbara Baron, education program guide

Age: Educators for third through fifth grade


Barbara Baron, education program guide

Barbara Baron is an experienced education program guide with The Morton Arboretum with over five years experience. Prior to being at The Morton Arboretum, she worked as a K–12 health educator in New Canaan, CT, and supported elementary classrooms. She completed her Master Gardener Certification through the University of Connecticut, started an after-school garden club for second- through fourth-grade students. In recent years Baron completed the National Association for Interpretation’s Certified Interpretation Guide training at The Morton Arboretum. She is a passionate and enthusiastic educator with over a decade of experience working with youth.

What to Know

Workshop materials are provided digitally and in paper form.

A portion of the workshop takes place outdoors. Dress for the weather and light hiking.

5.5 CPDH (Continuing Professional Development Hours) are provided. Teachers must provide their EIN number at the time of the workshop to receive the evidence of completion.

Program Schedule

Saturday June 17, 2023, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Thornhill Education Center


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