Teacher/Professional Development

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Holden Forests & Gardens Professional Development for Educators

NEOEA Workshop

Haiku at Holden: Using poetry to increase understanding and appreciation of the natural world

Date: Friday, October 12
Time: 9am to noon
Location: Holden Arboretum
Cost: $30 (non NEOEA members will pay an additional $10 on the day of the event)

Come explore the new Haiku Trail at The Holden Arboretum at the height of fall color. This is a collaborative project with the Haiku Society of America where poets from around the world were challenged to draw inspiration from the Arboretum’s forests. The result is 15 poems that will change seasonally. Discover how these poets have used poetry to develop a deeper relationship with the natural world. Learn about various forms of nature poetry, practice writing some and discover ways to use in it your classroom to support the standards in language arts and science. Leave with curriculum ideas and a copy of “The Wonder Code” by Scott Mason which will help you see how the mindful and pleasurable practice of reading and writing haiku helps to reconnect us with everyday wonder.

Contact Sharon Graper, Director of Academic Programs, at 440.602.3843 with any questions.


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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.