Speaker Programs

Staff from The Holden Arboretum can enhance meetings and events held at our site with programs on a variety of informative topics. Please contact Program Registrations at 440.602.3833 for fee information and to obtain a speaker request form.  We will also try our best to customize a program to your needs.  

Download a request form.

Lori Gogolin, Horticulturist

Gogolin earned an associate’s degree in horticulture from Kent State University in 1998.  She is a horticulturist at The Holden Arboretum and is responsible for the Arlene and Arthur S. Holden Jr. Butterfly Garden.

Attracting Pollinators to your Garden

Tour the Arlene and Arthur S. Holden Jr. Butterfly Garden to learn all about the best plants, cultural methods and design principals to attract butterflies, hummingbirds and bees to your garden.  This program is only offered at Holden during the months of June through September and takes place entirely in the garden.

Sharon Graper, Director of Academics

Graper has managed school programming at Holden since 1994.  She has a master’s degree in science education from the University of Delaware and received her undergraduate degree in environmental science from the University of Virginia.

How to Nurture a Child’s Sense of Wonder

This presentation complete with hand’s-on activities is designed for adults who want to be a companion in their child’s exploration of the natural world. Techniques and activities that encourage children to discover the world around them will be presented. The focus will be on why it is more important to appreciate what is seen, than to know its scientific name.

Michael Watson, Conservation Biologist

Watson works on conservation issues involving wildlife He is also the coordinator for Holden’s Bluebird Project, a volunteer-based program monitoring the nesting activity of bluebirds and other species using Holden’s 200+ nest boxes. Mike earned his bachelor’s degree from The College of Wooster and a master’s degree from the University of Michigan.

Return of the Eastern Bluebird

This presentation will provide some basics of bluebird ecology and conservation. It will also address Holden’s role in the successful recovery of this species in Ohio, including an overview of how Holden volunteers track bluebird nesting activity and current information on the status of bluebirds at Holden. Finally, tips for the homeowner on providing safe and attractive nesting options will be shared.

Ohio’s Forests

This interesting presentation reveals how geology, glacial activity, human history, and ecological interactions shape Ohio’s forests.  Past and present forest types across Ohio as well as Holden’s current dominant forest types and the plants and animals associated with these forests will be highlighted.