Hands-on learning

Where learning comes to life

We offer hands-on learning, experiential programs and on your site consulting

Cleveland Botanical Garden offers an extensive lineup of educational opportunities for all ages, from pre-school students to adults. All programs are hands-on and discovery oriented. We work with groups using all the senses, as well as multiple intelligence techniques.

We teach plant science classes for children, professional development for teachers, gardening workshops for kids in home daycare and programs about plant life and nature for scouts.

All of the Garden’s educational programs inform and teach people about the need to protect, improve and care for the environment, whether from a backyard garden, vacant urban lot or beyond to the world’s fragile ecosystems.

The Garden also hires up to 80 Cleveland students each summer to learn and earn as part of its Green Corps urban agriculture program. Teens manage these learning farms in order to learn about business, horticulture, agriculture and life skills.

The Garden’s applied research program studies important environmental issues and addresses them locally. Current research focuses on the problem of vacant lots in Cleveland and other major metropolitan cities and how they can be turned into green infrastructure to benefit the environment and strengthen neighborhood vitality.

Teacher and Student Programs and Resources Teachers and Students            
(Pre-K - College)

Programs planned with Ohio Academic Content Standards in science, literacy and math skills. 

Child and Family Programs Family Programs            
(Children and Parents)

Designed with the child accompanying adult in mind, these programs offer fun plant-based activities to open up curiosity in the natural world. 

Adult Programs            

Lectures, art classes and symposia on gardening and the botanical world, as well as conservation and sustainability issues.

Eleanor Squire Library Library            

A treasure trove of plant and horticultural materials, housing historical books and information about gardening in Cleveland and beyond.

Green Corps Students Green Corps            

A work-study program where high school students earn as they learn, transforming vacant lots into flourishing urban farms.

Improving our community through research Research            

Extending our mission's reach into the community through scientific investigation.

On Your Site Consultants Consulting Services            

Garden staff speak and teach on a number of topics for your group.

To see and enroll in classes offered at The Holden Arboretum, please visit holdenarb.org/visit/classes or call 440.602.3833.

Cancellation Policy

If it is necessary for Holden Forests & Gardens to cancel a program due to insufficient registration you will receive a full refund. Every attempt will be made to notify you regarding the status of your program. Should you choose to cancel your registration, you must notify the registrar at least five business days prior to the start of the program. You will receive a refund minus a $10 handling fee. We are unable to process a refund under $5. You may also use your registration fee as a credit to be used towards another class of your choice. The credit is valid for a period of one year from the date of issue. Holden Forests & Gardens cannot refund fees requested on or after the start date of a program or for sessions missed due to illness or other personal situations.

Photo Policy

Holden Forests and Gardens may take pictures during programs and events for use in future promotions, publications and advertising. By registering for a program, you are indicating consent to have your picture taken and shared unless you indicate otherwise.