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
Holden Arboretum Scientist Lecture Series & Classroom Applications

Teacher Professional Development Opportunity

Graduate Credit is Available

Delve deeper into the current environmental issues, conditions and challenges that impact the natural world around us. This series of four scientist lectures will allow you to step back into the classroom and learn from experts. 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.


Select the number of lectures to attend (1-4). 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. There will be a follow up session on June 8 to share ideas.


All lectures take place from 7-9 pm at The Holden Arboretum.

Elephants and Their Effect on Vegetation

Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016
David Ward, Professor of Biological Sciences, Kent State University

Putting the World in a Blender: the spread of invasive species and how it makes the world more similar

Thursday, Feb. 18, 2016
Emily Rauschert, Assistant Professor of Biology, Cleveland State University


Out on a Limb – Exploration of Global Forest Canopies

Friday, April 29, 2016
Meg Lowman, Chief of Science and Sustainability,  California Academy of Sciences


The Return of the American Chestnut                                                     

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Allison Dealton Oakes, Research Assistant, State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry



$50 payable to The Holden Arboretum

$175 payable to Ashland University for 1 graduate credit



Contact Sharon Graper at 440.602.3843 with questions, for a full class description and instructions on registering for graduate credit through Ashland.




SECO “Saturday” on a Wednesday! Life Through Time

Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2016 at Cleveland Botanical Garden or

Wednesday, April 20, 2016 at The Holden Arboretum (Includes a visit to the Kalberer Family Emergent Tower)


4:30 - 7:30pm

SECO Members $25, non-members $40


Take home the curriculum guide to use in your classroom worth $35

Earn a certificate for 2 professional development hours.


Come and experience firsthand this groundbreaking GEMS guide that plunges students into the unifying theme in life science: evolutionary change. Through the exciting concept of time travel, changes over time are captured in rotating station activities that introduce students to the concepts of adaptation, relatedness, and "deep time."  Through the implementation of the scientific method you will be introduced to the "tree of life," and organism adaptations.  (middle and high school)


For the class at the Arboretum, register online or contact Sharon Graper at 440.602.3843.



For the class at Cleveland Botanical Garden email Rowenna Collins to register .



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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 more than 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

Professional Development at Cleveland Botanical Garden

Cleveland Botanical Garden The Holden Arboretum and Cleveland Botanical Garden are in the process of integrating. That is great news for teachers and all those who are interested in plants and the natural world. The Botanical Garden offers many teacher professional development opportunities for all age levels. There are workshops on plants and literacy, Scout programs and home school days, just to name just a few.


For more information and complete descriptions contact Rowenna Collins, director of academics at Cleveland Botanical Garden, 216.707.2831.