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:  

Haiku at Holden: Using poetry too increase understanding and appreciation of the natural world

Friday, Oct. 12
9am - Noon
Grade Levels: K-12
Cost $30

Come explore the new Haiku Trail at The Holden Arboretum at the height of fall color. This is a collaborative project with the Haiku Society of America where poets from around the world were challenged to draw inspiration from the Arboretum’s forests. The result is 15 poems that will change seasonally. Discover how these poets have used poetry to develop a deeper relationship with the natural world. Learn about various forms of nature poetry, practice writing some and discover ways to use in it your classroom to support the standards in language arts and science. Leave with curriculum ideas and a copy of “The Wonder Code” by Scott Mason which will help you see how the mindful and pleasurable practice of reading and writing haiku helps to reconnect us with everyday wonder.

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Contact the Education Department at 440.602.3833 for more information.