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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Summer teacher Workshop

Make and Take PBL:

Water, Soil & Living Things in the Common Core

July 14, 15 &16

8:30am - 4:30pm

Learn how to design a PBL (problem based lesson) that will interest you and your students, and incorporate many of the life science standards at your grade level. Spend three days working with content experts from The Holden Arboretum and The Lake County Soil and Water Conservation District and experienced classroom teachers who have implemented PBLs in their own classrooms. Learn the content and work through hands on inquiry activities to see first hand how these experiences can cover subject matter and common core standards all at the same time. Experienced classroom teachers will walk you through some of their lessons and share with you what worked for them. Work with other teachers to develop your own lessons and leave with something to implement in your classroom next year.




$175 payable to The Holden Arboretum

$150 for 1 graduate credit payable to Lake Erie College

$300 for 2 graduate credits payable to Lake Erie College


Contact Sharon Graper for more information or 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 the 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.