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 problem-based lesson (PBL) 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.


Print a flyer for more information.



 Learn How to Play in Nature

Encouraging and Supporting Nature Play for Young Children

Presented by The Holden Arboretum and Cleveland Botanical Garden


For many of us, outdoor play was a daily part of our childhood. Today that kind of childhood has all but disappeared. Frequent, spontaneous play in “wild” outdoor settings provides perfect support for the entire spectrum of child development needs: physical, social/emotional, creative, intellectual and spiritual. These workshops are for parents, teachers, and informal educators. Learn about the benefits of outdoor play, how kids interact with their surroundings and how you can facilitate and encourage these activities in your own space or those you visit. Experience these activities first hand. Take one session or both to increase your repertoire of fun-filled outdoor activities to share.


Play in the Garden – Wednesday, Aug. 5 – Botanical Garden

Explore the Hershey Children’s Garden first hand while learning how to play in nature. You will also have the opportunity to experience the summer exhibit “Branch Out” where you will explore five tree house’s that have been designed just for the garden, and focus on nature and play. Discover your own inner child as we discover ways to play.


9:30 am – noon

$20 members, $35 nonmembers per session


Register online or contact Amanda or Jordan at 216.721.1600 ext. 100.


Play on Land – Wednesday, Sept. 30 - the Arboretum

Explore the forests, meadows and prairies of the arboretum first hand while learning to play in nature. You will also have the opportunity to experience the new Judith and Maynard H. Murch IV Canopy Walk with the Kalberer Family Emergent Tower. The tower is 120 above the ground allowing guests to emerge above the tree tops where Lake Erie is visible on a clear day. The Murch Canopy walk is a series of three bridges that run through the tree tops above the stream. It is a unique perspective you won’t want to miss.


9:30 am – noon

$20 members, $35 nonmembers per session



Register online contact the registrar at 440.602.3833.




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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.