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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2019 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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Art and Nature: Observing, Interpreting, Communicating
A unique teacher professional development opportunity

Tuesday – Thursday, June 11-13, 2019
9:30 am – 3:30 pm

Use art and nature to develop a sense of curiosity about the world. Learning to observe your surroundings is an interdisciplinary skill that makes for a better writer, reader, scientist, mathematician and artist. Learning about the world and interpreting it uses complex skills. Spend time exploring and discovering the arboretum and then tap into your ability to communicate what you experience. After exploring you will experience art interpretation projects to share with your students by local artist and teacher Pam Spremulli. Pam teaches art at University School and spends summers teaching at The Chautauqua Institution in Western New York. Whether you are an art, a second grade  or a high school biology teacher you will leave with activities to use in your classroom, the skills to implement them and a wealth of ideas to enhance  your student’s educational experience.

$150 fee

Optional Additional:  $100 tuition fee for 1 graduate credit from Lake Erie College
Location: The Holden Arboretum 9550 Sperry Rd, Kirtland, 44094

Questions – Sharon Graper sgraper@holdenfg.org 440.602.3843


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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.