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Mount Auburn Cemtery


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Mount Auburn Cemtery


Mount Auburn Partnership

"Mount Auburn is currently partnering with Lesley University thanks to a collaborative two-year grant from the A.J. & M.D. Ruggiero Memorial Trust, to assess the current state of the Cemetery as a wildlife habitat, implement new improvements, and create new opportunities for engaging people on the subject. Already, Lesley researchers have set up studies on site to collect and analyze data on pollinators, ants, bats, birds, air, and water, building upon work that Mount Auburn staff and other consultants have already started here in recent years. A team of educators, in turn, are creating and examining new programs and lessons for student groups based on both these new studies and previously implemented projects from the Cemetery’s Wildlife Action Plan" (Moir, 2017, par. 1)

 WonderLab Summer Camp participants engaging in Professor Mertl's Citizen Science Ant Survey.

WonderLab Summer Camp participants engaging in Professor Mertl's Citizen Science Ant Survey.

Lesley Article on Citizen Science

Check out how families, educators, and classrooms all take part in citizen science at the cemetery! 

 

 Lesley Professor, Christopher Richardson demonstrates his techniques for catching and studying bats in the cemetery.

Lesley Professor, Christopher Richardson demonstrates his techniques for catching and studying bats in the cemetery.

A conversation with wonderlab director susan rauchwerk

Mount Auburn Cemetery, Lesley Professor, and WonderLab Director Susan Rauchwerk discusses the details of the partnership. 

 Lesley Faculty, WonderLab Director, and Mount Auburn Educator in Residence Susan Rauchwerk with cicada exoskeletons collected at the cemetery!

Lesley Faculty, WonderLab Director, and Mount Auburn Educator in Residence Susan Rauchwerk with cicada exoskeletons collected at the cemetery!

A conversation with Mount Auburn Educator in Residence

Learn more about the details of the partnership and how it supports the cemetery's Wildlife Action Plan.

 

WonderLab Students visit the cemetery throughout the semester for field trips both with and without graduate student classes. Activities have included, pond studies, tree and plant identification, orienteering, and more. The WonderLab Community is also invited to attend partnership sponsored events such as Family Research Night. During Family Research Nights, Lesley Professors and Mount Auburn Researchers demonstrate and discuss their research with participants.

Case Study


Case Study


 

STEAM Environmental Education at Mount Auburn Cemetery

Throughout the academic year of 2017-18, WonderLab traveled to the cemetery to teach environmental science, engage in hand on explorations, participate in play based learning, and conduct individual arts based research projects. The following features outline lesson plans, include photos, and suggestions for utilizing this important green space.

 
 
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Arts Based Research

Check out our arts based exploration of the Mount Auburn Cemetery and learn how you can chose a local greenspace to inspire indepth scientific exploration and artistic representations.

 
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Pond Studies and Habitat Exploration

What do we learn about the health of a water body by what's in and around it? Plus check out what a blast we have collecting macroinvertabrate samples!

 

Arts Based Research


Arts Based Research


Arts Based Research

STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) - the A hold equal importance to WonderLab in how we investigate and represent our topic of study. The Spring 2018 staff used the Mount Auburn Cemetery to inspire a long term project in which students:

  1. Engage in citizen science based investigations; pond studies, bird watching, plant inventories & I.D.
  2. Chose a topic of choice from the cemetery to individual investigate; aquatic habitat & life, trees, flowers, pollinators, and birds
  3. Develop an art project using a medium of their choice to represent their findings; stop motion, sculpture, musical & dance, painting, etc

>>> Read the complete Case Study and Lesson here! <<<

Below is an image collage of the process including field research, gallery visits, and multi-day art/dance studio work.

 Student's nature art created during her Solo Sit at Consecration Dell.

Student's nature art created during her Solo Sit at Consecration Dell.

 Student writing observations during Solo Sit at Consecration Dell.

Student writing observations during Solo Sit at Consecration Dell.

 Solo Sit at Consecration Dell.

Solo Sit at Consecration Dell.

 A student is excited about her discoveries!

A student is excited about her discoveries!

 Group shares observations from their Solo Sit.

Group shares observations from their Solo Sit.

 Chemical Kit for our Pond Study - pH papers, thermometers, petri dishes

Chemical Kit for our Pond Study - pH papers, thermometers, petri dishes

 Homemade nets for collecting macroinvertabrates&nbsp;

Homemade nets for collecting macroinvertabrates 

 Student works on his final Scratch project about the lifecycle of an oak tree.

Student works on his final Scratch project about the lifecycle of an oak tree.

 Students work together to color the background of a tree map.

Students work together to color the background of a tree map.

 Final Scratch project on an acorn life cycle

Final Scratch project on an acorn life cycle

 One bee painting

One bee painting

 Math integrated map to scale of Willow Pond and trees found in the cemetery

Math integrated map to scale of Willow Pond and trees found in the cemetery

 Student's calendar

Student's calendar

 Great Horned Owl feather found by a student during her Solo Sit at Consecration Dell.

Great Horned Owl feather found by a student during her Solo Sit at Consecration Dell.

 Free exploration at Consecration Dell.

Free exploration at Consecration Dell.

 Student exploring the flowers in full bloom at the cemetery entrance.&nbsp;

Student exploring the flowers in full bloom at the cemetery entrance. 

 Solo Sit.

Solo Sit.

 Student relaxes by Consecration Dell duringthe Solo Sit

Student relaxes by Consecration Dell duringthe Solo Sit

 Students and teachers embark on a Pond Study at Halcyon Lake.

Students and teachers embark on a Pond Study at Halcyon Lake.

 Student learns how to cut chicken wire for her Red Hawk sculpture

Student learns how to cut chicken wire for her Red Hawk sculpture

 Student finishing his map and another student'ssculpture of a Red Hawk.

Student finishing his map and another student'ssculpture of a Red Hawk.

 Finishing up their background sign for their project.

Finishing up their background sign for their project.

 Getting inspiration for his project from creating tanagram shapes of trees and plants.

Getting inspiration for his project from creating tanagram shapes of trees and plants.

 Student with her sculpture

Student with her sculpture

 Student with two paintings and a sculpture on bees

Student with two paintings and a sculpture on bees

 Student with her paintings of Consecration Dell and the garden

Student with her paintings of Consecration Dell and the garden

 Student's informational tag of his cemetery maps

Student's informational tag of his cemetery maps

 Two students writing and drawing obervations during their Solo Sit.

Two students writing and drawing obervations during their Solo Sit.

 Student stopping to jot down an observation.

Student stopping to jot down an observation.

 Students experience Lesley's gallery to gain inspiration for showcasing their final project.

Students experience Lesley's gallery to gain inspiration for showcasing their final project.

 Student during free exploration at COnsecration Dell.

Student during free exploration at COnsecration Dell.

 Recording observations at Consecration Dell.

Recording observations at Consecration Dell.

 Student creates monthly maps for cemetery highlights

Student creates monthly maps for cemetery highlights

 Group works on their final showcase project - an interactive puppet show of animals found at consecration dell.

Group works on their final showcase project - an interactive puppet show of animals found at consecration dell.

 Student begins her painting of Consecration Dell.

Student begins her painting of Consecration Dell.

 Student finishing up her map of trees around Willow Pond.

Student finishing up her map of trees around Willow Pond.

 Final Red Hawk sculpture

Final Red Hawk sculpture

 Part of a group's final puppet show

Part of a group's final puppet show

 Close up on paintings of the cemetery

Close up on paintings of the cemetery

 Calendars of cemetery highlights

Calendars of cemetery highlights

WonderLab Gallery Exhibit


WonderLab Gallery Exhibit


WonderLab Gallery Exhibit

 
 

Arts-based research displayed

WonderLab artists displayed their work at Lesley University.  Families, friends, and Lesley faculty were all invited to look at all of the hard work the researchers had put into their projects.

Project themes ranged from animal specific projects (Red Tail Hawks and Bees) to projects that looked at broader topics such as what plants are in bloom during the different seasons at Mount Auburn Cemetery. Students represented their research through many different mediums; painting, sculptures, drawings, 3D representations,  songs, PowerPoint presentations, plays, dances, and short videos.

 
 

Pond Studies & Habitat Exploration


Pond Studies & Habitat Exploration


Pond Studies & Habitat Exploration

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Pond studies are a highlight of WonderLab programming as it offers a chance for students to be exposed to different field tools, protocols, and the diversity of life within an aquatic habitat.

Each pond study takes place at Consecration Dell, Halcyon Lake, or Auburn Lake at Mount Auburn Cemetery. Students explore both biological and chemical characteristics of the water body. By taking pH and temperature samples of the water, students are able to practice what we've done at Lesley to determine the health of a water body and whether or not it can support life based on it's acidity and temperature.

The highlight of each pond study is collecting macroinvertabrates with nets and tubs. Once students collect samples they tried to I.D. the critters and determine if they were pollution tolerant or not! These exploration inspired many art projects all year.