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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Holden Forests & Gardens Professional Development for Educators

Growing Up Wild: Exploring Nature with Young Children – Workshop for Educators

Both formal and non-formal educators are encouraged to attend this workshop which is Project WILD’s early childhood education curriculum. This curriculum builds on the learning styles and interests of young children (ages 3 to 7) to foster an interest and appreciation of wildlife and the natural world around them. A variety of activities build positive impressions of nature while aiding children’s cognitive growth and development. This workshop is designed for anyone who works with young children and wants to teach youngsters about wildlife conservation using fun activities. Take part in the activities and leave with a copy of the curriculum. Stay afterward and enjoy the garden’s summer exhibit Nature Connects where you will see all kinds of fabulous giant animals and plants made out of Lego’s. SUTQ Approved

Date: Thursday, June 15, 2017
Time: 9am – 12pm
Location: Cleveland Botanical Garden – 11030 East Blvd., Cleveland
Cost: $10 (to cover admission and refreshments – the curriculum is provided free of charge by Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Wildlife

Climate Change: The Science and the Connections Between Your Community and Your Classroom

Climate change is all over the news. What does it mean to you in the classroom? Are you comfortable explaining what it is and what is isn’t? Join Holden Forests & Gardens, Lake Erie Nature & Science Center and The Curriculum Department at the Bay Village Schools for a three-day workshop on Climate Change. Learn the science behind climate change first hand from local scientists. Visit several locations to see how it is impacting our local communities; the beaches on Lake Erie, the Forests of Holden Arboretum and the urban landscape of Cleveland Botanical Garden. Find out 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. Become a Climate Change Fellow and take part in our planned ongoing educational lectures and support through the 2017-18 school year.

Date: July 25, 27 and Aug. 1
Time: 9 am-3 pm
Location: The Holden Arboretum, Lake Erie Nature and Science Center and Cleveland Botanical Garden
Cost: $150

Graduate Credit will be available for an additional fee.


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



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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 Academics at 440.602.3843 to discuss the possibilities.