Professional development


Broaden your plant knowledge while working with resources you take back to your own classroom. Our activities demonstrate how advanced concepts can be simplified into grade-level appropriate lessons that are sure to enhance student learning. You will participate in hands-on, standards-based training to increase your comfort level in teaching a diverse range of topics. Many workshops include the materials and resources to make these activities part of your science curriculum. You will tour our gardens and Glasshouse, and can earn graduate credit, all while having a great time. Don’t see a topic of interest listed? We’ll create training just for your group! For more information, call Sharon Graper at 440-602-3843 or

Plant Workshops

Science and Reading

School Gardening

Holden Forests & Gardens Professional Development for Educators:  


NEOEA Day 2017: Amazing Adaptations: Cool Plants and Animals of Costa Rica and Madagascar

Experience the Costa Rican Cloud Forest and the Madagascar Spiny Desert without ever leaving Cleveland. Get a behind the scenes tour of these amazing habitats at the Cleveland Botanical Garden. Meet the animals up close and learn how these topics relate to your classroom standards. Leave with classroom activities and an understanding of why authentic experiences in any habitat are worth the effort for both you and your students. 

Date: Friday, Oct. 13, 2017

Time: 9am – noon

Location: The Cleveland Botanical Garden, 11030 East Blvd, Cleveland, OH 44106

Cost: $25 NEOEA Members, $35 non-NEOEA members, non-NEOEA members pay $10 day of workshop 

Contact the Education Department at 440.602.3833 for more informa

Register for all of these online or by calling 440.602.3833.Contact Sharon Graper, Director of Academic Programs, at 440.602.3843 with any questions.