Teacher Toolboxes

Engage, excite, and educate your students about the natural sciences with the Brenton Arboretum’s Teacher Toolboxes. These resource kits designed for K-12 students and community groups are complete with touchable specimens, reproducible materials, and themed books and field guides that are sure to spark curiosity about the natural world through a variety of subjects.

Pick-up & Drop-off

  • Toolboxes are available for pick-up and drop-off at the time chosen during the reservation process. Toolboxes will not be available outside the designated time.
  • The pick-up date is the Saturday listed in your confirmation email.
  • The drop-off date is the Wednesday one and a half weeks after the pick-up date.
  • Please help us by returning toolboxes on time and in good condition so we may properly clean them for the next educator’s use. If your toolbox is returned late, it will be subject to a late fee.
  • Toolbox reservations must be submitted at least 1 week prior to the start of the reservation period.
  • Reservations are not confirmed until you receive a confirmation email from Arboretum staff.
  • If you need to change your reservation, please email education@thebrentonarboretum.org.

Insect Exploration

Take your students on an Insect Safari around your school yard!
The Insect Exploration teacher toolbox includes:

  • 27 insect nets
  • 27 magnifying boxes
  • Boxed specimens for observation
  • Books & field guides

Tree & Leaf Exploration

Learn about the wonderful world of trees and leaves!
The Tree & Leaf Exploration toolbox includes:

  • 6 tree “cookies”
  • 30 assorted laminated leaves
  • Bagged seed specimens for observation
  • Books & field guides
  • Leaf characteristics poster
  • Leaf Friend activity guide

Bird Exploration

Coming soon!

Reptile Exploration

Coming soon!

Lawn Exploration

Coming soon!