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 News and our other mailings make sure we have your current contact information.

Holden Forests & Gardens Professional Development for Educators

Register for all of these programs at www.holdenarb.org or by calling 440.602.3833. Contact Sharon Graper, Director of Academic Programs, at 440.602.3843 with any questions.

Climate Change 2.0 – Connecting Your Classroom to the Issues in Your Community

July 17, 19 and 24

9- 3 daily

Day 1: Tuesday, July 17, Westerly Elementary School – Bay Village 

Day 2: Thursday, July 19, Cleveland Botanical Garden 

Day 3: Tuesday, July 24, Southerly Wastewater Treatment Center and the Watershed Stewardship Center at West Creek 

Grade Levels: K-12

Cost $50 per day

Holden Forests & Gardens and  Bay Village Schools present a workshop on the science, local issues and classroom connections related to climate. Ohio Sea Grant will share curriculum resources and you will see how the Bay Village Schools have incorporated everything from weather stations to citizen science into their curriculum. Learning about the Cleveland Tree Plan and visiting locations taking a lead in planting trees might provide ideas on ways to involve your school in similar activities. Touring the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer Districts Lab and Southerly Wastewater Treatment Center and The Watershed Stewardship Center will inform us about the water issues that we see all the time. Learn how to incorporate these concepts into your classroom and see how it applies to the standards. Take part in hands-on activities that bring the concepts to life in your classroom and leave with resources to help you weave it seamlessly into your curriculum.

One semester hour of Graduate Credit is available through Lake Erie College for $100.

To earn graduate credit you must attend at least two sessions.

Contact the Education Department at 440.602.3833 for more information.


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

Holden Forests and Gardens is a combination of the Holden Arboretum and Cleveland Botanical Garden. The Education Department serves teachers and students at both locations. We have 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 and plants 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 Sharon Graper, Director of Academic Programs at 440.602.3843 to discuss the possibilities.