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!


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



Top Down, Ground Up

Using a native forest habitat to teach science, common core and real world application using Project Learning Tree (PLT)

Tuesday and Wednesday, June 28 and 29, 2016

9 am - 4pm


Cost: Day 1 - $40

Both days - $75


1 graduate credit is available for two day attendees through Lake Erie College for an additional $150.


Join us at The Holden Arboretum for two days of learning first hand how the natural world can spark creativity and interest in your students. Whether you are teaching first graders or high school biology you will learn a new way to incorporate the natural world into your studies. Climb 120 feet up the new Kalberer Emergent Tower, walk in the tops of the tree along the Murch Canopy Walk and discover the forest floor in a new way. Here is no better place to learn about nature.


Day one will be an introduction to trees and PLT. Presentations from Holden’s community forester and a trip up the tower are some of the highlights. Participants will receive the PLT Environmental Education Activity Guide. On day two participants will be broken into grade level groups and receive a second curriculum guide appropriate to their level. More exploration and discovery will be the order of the day.


PLT teaches students how to think, not what to think about complex environmental issues. Recognized as a leader in environmental education for 40 years, PLT enhances critical thinking, problem solving and effective decision-making skills. PLT's award-winning, multi-disciplinary curriculum materials are hands-on and fun, and aligned with state and national education standards and can be done indoors or outdoors. Studies show that when environmental education and outdoor learning components are integrated into the curriculum, student achievement increases, including test scores - particularly in science and math.

Register online or contact Sharon Graper at 440.602.3843.


View Our Online Teacher Resources


The Teacher Treesource page is a new informational site that puts content knowledge, activities, books and web sites at your finger tips. Learn more.


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 Sharon Graper, Manager of Academic Services at Cleveland Botanical Garden, 216.707.2831.