2019 Teacher-in-Residence Program

Teacher in Residence Holden Forests & Gardens is excited to announce the return of its Teacher-in-Residence Program.  For 11 years this program offered full-time teachers a unique opportunity for personal enrichment and professional growth. This summer the program is once again being offered. The Teacher in Residence expands their knowledge and teaching skills through the pursuit of creative teaching ideas and innovative techniques while working in a supportive atmosphere away from the demands of the traditional classroom.

The Teacher in Residence will spend the equivalent of 10 days during the summer redeveloping an in-depth outdoor experience for the Holden Arboretum’s Forest Discovery and Pond Adaptations programs. The programs need to meet the mission of HF&G and align with the state science standards. Lesson activities and background information will be produced, utilizing the expertise of Holden staff, the Corning Library, and the outstanding horticultural and natural resources of the Arboretum.

The resulting program and the skills gained in program development can be applied back at school, shared with fellow teachers, and employed to strengthen the curriculum. A stipend of $1,600 ($20 an hour for 80 hours) will be awarded for this work. Teachers will also have the opportunity to bring their classroom to the Arboretum for a visit during the 2019-20 school year free of charge. There is the possibility of one graduate credit hour of independent study if your school district approves. HF&G will cover the cost of the credit hour.


Candidates for the Teacher in Residence must:

  • Currently be or have been a full-time teacher in any grade K-12 who has demonstrated an interest in hands-on science and a willingness to develop and share innovative approaches and techniques for teaching about plants.
  • Be able and willing to spend the equivalent of 10 days at the Holden Arboretum during the period of June-July, 2019 to develop the proposed programs.

To Apply

Submit a completed application including your resume and a sample of a curriculum you have developed to Sharon Graper, Director of Academics, Holden Forests & Gardens, 9500 Sperry Road, Kirtland, OH 44094 or by email at sgraper@holdenfg.org.

The application processes is now closed for 2019. 

Questions, contact Sharon Graper at 440.602.3843.