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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Upcoming Programs

Life Cycle of Plants: How to Bring the Amazing Green World into Your Classroom

Place: Cleveland Botanical Garden (Hershey Classroom)

Date: Oct. 11

Time: 9am – Noon

Price: $30

Plants come in all shapes and sizes. The concepts of life cycles, diversity, structure, and function, reproduction, and adaptation can all be covered up close and hands-on using plants. Many educators feel intimidated by plants. They think they can’t grow them or they don’t know enough about them. Let us show you how to use these gems in your classroom in a nonthreatening way that will excite you and your students. Leave with activities for all grade levels and discover how to use Cleveland Botanical Garden, The Holden Arboretum, or your local park to bring these concepts to like in an authentic way.

Teacher in Residence Program

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.

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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 Academic Programs at 440.602.3843 to discuss the possibilities.