Teacher/Professional Development

Teacher Professional Development from the comfort of your own home 


Signs of the Seasons: Nature in the City

Select Tuesdays, 6:30 – 8:30 pm

Join the Cleveland Museum of Natural History and Holden Forests & Gardens on a seasonal exploration of nearby natural areas.  Based on CMNH’s own, Nature in the City: A Guide to Leading Nature Activities with Young People, your local experts in botany and natural history will help you to experience the wonders of nature just outside your door. Sessions will be held seasonally in January, April and June. A graduate credit option is available from Lake Erie College.

All parents and educators are welcome to attend this event, including classroom teachers, informal educators, after-school specialists, pre-service teachers, scout leaders, homeschool parents and more!


Registration for your first session includes a copy of Nature in the City: A Guide to Leading Nature Activities with Young People Curriculum Guide and a subscription to our monthly Educator eNews.


A Zoom link will be sent to registered participants the Friday before the event.  Please note registration and communications are handled by the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. 

ERC Members: $20 per session; Non-members: $25 per session


Seasonal Sessions 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm via Zoom

Tuesday, January 26, 2021 – click here to register

Tuesday, April 20, 2021 – click here to register

Tuesday, June 22, 2021 – click here to register

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Using Citizen Science to Elevate Your Instruction

Tuesday, November 10th, Thursday November 12th and Tuesday, November 17th from 6-8pm on Google Meet

Citizen Science Projects are becoming even more popular. They are the perfect way to encourage curiosity and engagement with the natural world and help students develop and reconnect with their own sense of place. Citizen Science projects provide authentic inquiry-driven questions for students to answer through the scientific process. They allow students to take ownership of their data, share their results and engage in science. These types of activities lend themselves perfectly to in class or remote teaching so they will be useful no matter what the next school year holds. We will read “Exploring A Sense of Place” by Karen Harwell and JoAnna Reynolds and discuss the importance of place and Citizen Science Projects for promoting engagement in students. Holden Forests & Gardens educators will share their expertise and knowledge on how to successfully implement Citizen Science Projects utilizing neighborhoods and school yards and how this can complement and support your classroom learning objectives.

Participants must be able to attend the three sessions on Google Meet. Google Classroom will be used for assignments and discussions, but no Google Classroom experience is necessary.

Cost – $100

1 Semester Hour Graduate Credit available from Lake Erie College for an additional $100.

Grade Levels: K-12

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!

If you would like to receive our monthly electronic Teacher News and our other mailings make sure we have your current contact information.

Teacher in Residence Program

Holden Forests & Gardens’ Teacher in Residence Program offers full-time teachers a unique opportunity for personal enrichment and professional growth. This summer program enables teachers to expand their knowledge and teaching skills through the pursuit of creative teaching ideas and innovative techniques while working in a supportive atmosphere away from the demands of the traditional classroom.

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Personalized Professional Development for Schools

Holden Forests and Gardens is a combination of the Holden Arboretum and Cleveland Botanical Garden. The Education Department serves teachers and students at both locations. We have been delivering professional development to teachers in early childhood through high school classrooms for more than 30 years. We specialize in teaching content about the natural world and plants 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 Sharon Graper, Director of Academic Programs at 440.602.3843 to discuss the possibilities.