Teacher/Professional Development


Teachers are invited to experience The Holden Arboretum firsthand. If you have never visited and would like to see what an amazing educational facility we have to teach about plants and the natural environment we invite you to be our guests. Contact Sharon Graper for a Member for a Day pass and come see what you have been missing!


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Environmental Challenges Facing Plant Communities in the 21st Century

The Holden Arboretum Scientist Lecture Series & Classroom Applications

Graduate Credit Class


Delve deeper into the current environmental issues, conditions and challenges that impact the natural world around us. This series of three Scientist lectures will allow you to step back into the classroom and learn from experts at Ohio State University, The University of Pittsburgh and The Morton Arboretum. This embedded class is designed to allow you to connect what you learn with your classroom. Not only will you further your own knowledge about current research by learning from experts in the field, but you will research and design ways to apply this new found information to your current classroom practices.

You will be able to select the number of lectures you will attend (1-3). That will determine the time you need to spend out of class researching, analyzing, planning and designing how to incorporate these topics into your current teaching assignment. Lectures are from 7-9 pm on Thursday, February 20; Thursday, March 13; Friday, April 25. There will be a follow up session on May 22 from 5-7 pm to share ideas and activities for classroom application.


Cost: $175 for 1 graduate credit payable to Ashland

$50 payable to The Holden Arboretum


Contact Sharon Graper for more details or to register.

Art and Nature: Exploring Through Observation

Co-sponsored by The Holden Arboretum and the Cleveland Museum of Art


Tuesday, July 29 - Thursday, July 31, 9:30am - 3:30pm


During this three-day workshop, investigate curricular connections between art and nature. Using plants, water and landforms as inspiration, navigate art-making and science-based explorations as you discover classroom applications for all ages. Participants will engage in a variety of hands-on activities and take-home projects of their own creation along with information about exciting new resources from both the museum and the arboretum. We will spend two days at Holden exploring the gardens and one day at the art museum using the collection and grounds


Cost: $200


Workshop fee includes some supplies and parking (lunch on your own.)

Graduate credit is available for $150 for one semester hour.



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Personalized Professional Development for Schools

The Holden Arboretum has been delivering professional development to teachers in early childhood through high school classrooms for over 30 years. We specialize in teaching content about the natural world in cooperation with hands-on, engaging activities. If you do not see what you are looking for we can design something to fit your needs. Contact us to discuss the possibilities.


For further information please contact the Education Department at 440.602.3833 or sgraper@holdenarb.org