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:  

Climate Change 2.0 – Connecting Your Classroom to the Issues in Your Community

July 17, 19 and 24
9am - 3pm daily
Grade Levels: K-12
Cost $50 per day

Day 1: Tuesday, July 17, Waverly Elementary School – Bay Village Register here

Day 2: Thursday, July 19, Cleveland Botanical Garden Register here

Day 3: Tuesday, July 24, Southerly Wastewater Treatment Center and the Watershed Stewardship Center at West Creek Register here

Holden Forests & Gardens and  Bay Village Schools present a workshop on the science, local issues and classroom connections related to climate. Ohio Sea Grant will share curriculum resources and you will see how the Bay Village Schools have incorporated everything from weather stations to citizen science into their curriculum. Learning about the Cleveland Tree Plan and visiting locations taking a lead in planting trees might provide ideas on ways to involve your school in similar activities. Touring the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer Districts Lab and Southerly Wastewater Treatment Center and The Watershed Stewardship Center will inform us about the water issues that we see all the time. Learn how to incorporate these concepts into your classroom and see how it applies to the standards. Take part in hands-on activities that bring the concepts to life in your classroom and leave with resources to help you weave it seamlessly into your curriculum.

One semester hour of Graduate Credit is available through Lake Erie College for $100.

To earn graduate credit you must attend at least two sessions.

Contact the Education Department at 440.602.3833 for more information.