Teacher/Professional Development

Summer Teacher Professional Development from the comfort of your own home

The Outdoor Classroom Connection Book Study

Monday, June 22nd, Thursday June 25th and Thursday, July 2nd from 9-11 on Google Meet

Learn about the wonders of nature that are right outside your door no matter where you live. By honing your observation skills, you can teach your students to appreciate the world around them, develop their observation skills, practice inquiry techniques and discover connections between living things. These techniques will be useful in a remote learning situation or when you are back at school exploring your school grounds. We will read “The Unseen City: The Majesty of Pigeons, The Discreet Charm of Snails & Other Wonders of the Urban Environments” by Nathanael Johnson and discuss and develop activities and methods for exploring our own backyards. Holden Forests & Gardens educators will share their expertise and knowledge on how to successfully observe the animals and plants in your neighborhoods 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


Using Citizen Science to Elevate Your Instruction

Monday, July 13th, Thursday July 16th and Thursday, July 23rd from 9-11 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!

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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.