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Continuing Professional Education

Year-round CPE credit opportunities for educators

The Arboretum offers adult programs that allow teachers the opportunity to enjoy learning in Dallas’ most beautiful classroom and get Continuing Professional Education (CPE) credit while doing it. Through Adult Programs, teachers take engaging classes that provide credits to maintain their teaching certificates. Qualifying programs cover topics related to teachers’ various curriculum and are available both at the Arboretum and also on Arboretum field trips.

Visit the Class Calendar page to view upcoming programs - many hands-on programs fill quickly, so register today! Please contact education@dallasarboretum.org with any questions.

Adult Programs Click for More

Adult Programs

Teachers of EC-College

CPE hours vary by topic

Available year-round


The Arboretum offers adult programs that allow teachers the opportunity to enjoy learning in Dallas’ most beautiful classroom and get Continuing Professional Education (CPE) credit while doing it. Through Adult Programs, teachers take engaging classes that provide credits to maintain their teaching certificates. Qualifying programs cover topics related to teachers’ various curriculum and are available both at the Arboretum and also on Arboretum field trips.


Visit the Class Calendar page to view upcoming programs - many hands-on programs fill quickly, so register today! Please contact ​education@dallasarboretum.org with any questions.

Growing Up WILD Click for More

Teachers of EC-1st grade

3.5 hours of CPE and TEEAC credit

Minimum of 15 teachers required

Growing Up WILD is an early childhood education program that builds on children’s sense of wonder about nature and invites them to explore wildlife and the world around them. Through a wide range of activities and experiences, Growing Up WILD provides an early foundation for developing positive impressions about the natural world and lifelong social and academic skills (Council for Environmental Education).

In this workshop, our trained facilitators encourage participants to engage students through the use of any outdoor space they have access to. Participants receive their own copy of the curriculum guide, which features 27 field-tested, hands-on, nature-based, ready-made thematic units and over 400 experiences in a full-color 11”x17” book.

Workshop also includes access to the garden for the remainder of the day and parking.

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Project WILD

Teachers of K-12 grade

6 hours of CPE and TEEAC credit

Minimum of 15 teachers required

Project WILD is a Kindergarten - 12th grade environmental and conservation education program emphasizing awareness, appreciation and understanding of wildlife and natural resources, while meeting state science standards (TEKS). It can be used by classroom teachers, environmental educators, park and nature center personnel, and youth group leaders. It is interdisciplinary and supplementary and can be used to teach basic skills in science, social studies, language arts, math, art, music and physical education.


In this workshop, our highly-trained staff provides participants with active learning for a number of lessons that can be immediately implemented into their science classroom. Participants receive a 536 page guide containing 124 lessons.


Workshop includes free admission to garden for the remainder of the day as well as parking.

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Project WILD Aquatic

Teachers of K-12 grade

6 hours of CPE and TEEAC credit

Minimum of 15 teachers required

Project WILD Aquatic is a Kindergarten - 12th grade environmental and conservation education program emphasizing awareness, appreciation and understanding of aquatic wildlife and natural resources, while meeting state science standards (TEKS). It can be used by classroom teachers, environmental educators, park and nature center personnel, and youth group leaders. It focuses on three major areas: ecological knowledge, social and political knowledge and sustaining fish and wildlife resources. This newly revised curriculum also includes field experiences, STEM and career connections and detailed reference information.


In this workshop, our highly-trained staff provides participants with active learning for a number of lessons that can be immediately implemented into their science classroom. Participants receive a 396 page guide containing 48 lessons.


Workshop includes free admission to garden for the remainder of the day as well as parking.

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Project Learning Tree

Teachers of PK-8 grade

6 hours of CPE and TEEAC credit

Minimum of 15 teachers required

PLT teaches students how to think, not what to think about complex environmental issues. Recognized as a leader in environmental education for 40 years, PLT enhances critical thinking, problem solving, and effective decision-making skills. PLT's professional development is carefully designed to create effective learning experiences. PLT's award-winning, multi-disciplinary curriculum materials are hands-on and fun, and aligned with state and national education standards. More than half of all PLT activities can be conducted outdoors (PLT). PLT focuses on five domains: diversity, interrelationships, systems, structure and scale and patterns of change

In this workshop, our highly-trained staff provides participants with active learning for a number of lessons that can be immediately implemented into their science classroom. Participants receive a 474 page guide containing 96 lessons.

Workshop includes free admission to garden for the remainder of the day as well as parking.

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Project E3: Expanding Energy Education Click for More

Project E3: Expanding Energy Education

Teachers of K-12 grade

6 hours of CPE and TEEAC credit

Minimum of 15 teachers required

Project E3: Expanding Energy Education is an interdisciplinary enhancement to energy education emphasizing an offshore energy theme. It is based on the premise that students and educators have a vested interest in learning about the issues related to hydrocarbon-based energy. The curriculum holds as a standard the commitment to neutrality on issues and recognizes that people require scientifically accurate content to make informed decisions. Content themes include: energy education, the properties of oil and natural gas, hydrocarbons in our current world, carbon connections in all Earth systems, resource management and sociocultural implications.


In this workshop, our highly-trained staff provides participants with active learning for a number of lessons that can be immediately implemented into their science classrooms. Participants receive a 276 page guide containing 51 lessons.


Workshop includes free admission to garden for the remainder of the day as well as parking.

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Leopold Education Project

Teachers of K-12 grade

6 hours of CPE and TEEAC credit

Minimum of 15 teachers required

The Leopold Education Project (LEP) is an innovative, interdisciplinary conservation and environmental education curriculum based on the essays in A Sand County Almanac. Learn more about the history and overall philosophy of LEP here. There are currently five different educator resources containing over 70 individual lessons available within the LEP curriculum. Get an overview of all of the LEP materials here.

  • The objectives of the Leopold Education Project (LEP) are:
  • To create an ecologically literate citizenry
  • To expand participant’s experience of “reading the landscape”
  • To expand educators’ skills in teaching outdoor education
  • To expose students to environmental literature and related activities
  • To share Aldo Leopold’s land ethic, his legacy and his writings with educators and students
  • To help people develop a personal land ethic

In this workshop, our highly-trained staff provides participants with active learning for a number of lessons that can be immediately implemented into their science classrooms. Participants receive a complete set of LEP resources.


Workshop includes free admission to garden for the remainder of the day as well as parking.

Contact us to schedule this program.

Texas Aquatic Science Workshop Click for More

Texas Aquatic Science Workshop

Teachers of 6-12 grade

6 hours of CPE and TEEAC credit

Minimum of 15 teachers required

The Texas Aquatic Science (TAS) curriculum looks at water from the molecular level to the level of aquatic ecosystems. The Teacher Guide includes activities to guide students through the understanding that the characteristics of the water molecule make it unique in its value to all of life, and conservation of water is a priority for all of us. Student are also introduced to the wide variety of aquatic ecosystems through science investigations, games, models, Internet projects, reading the student guides, short videos, and field based assessments of water quality and environmental conditions in a variety of field trips. Students use multiple intelligences to learn and to demonstrate their new knowledge in creative products and performance.


In this workshop, our highly-trained aquatics educator engages participants in curriculum lessons throughout the Arboretum, which is a TAS certified field site. Participants receive a complete set of TAS resources and instruction on navigation of the resources online. Participants can implement the curriculum in their classroom immediately.


Workshop includes free admission to garden for the remainder of the day as well as parking.

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Organisms’ Life Processes and Structures (Elementary) Click for More

Organisms’ Life Processes and Structures

Teachers of 3rd-5th grade

3.5 hours of CPE

Minimum of 15 teachers required

How do species survive? In this session teachers will explore structural and behavioral adaptations and participate in classroom ready simulations that demonstrate living is really about survival of the fittest.

Participants will engage in exploration covering the similar life processes and the structures that help organisms survive within their environments. Participants will examine the life processes including complete and incomplete metamorphosis and their similarities, as well as the structures that allow them to survive in their environment. They will explore ways to integrate hands on inquiry-based instruction for students to participate in.


TEKS addressed: 5.10ABC, 4.10ABC, 3.10ABC

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Relationships, Systems, and Cycles within Environments Click for More

Relationships, Systems, and Cycles within Environments

Teachers of 3rd-5th grade

3.5 hours of CPE

Minimum of 15 teachers required

No man is an island- all the components of an ecosystem are connected through matter and energy. Explore how energy moves through an ecosystem and how even small changes can lead to ecosystem collapse.

Participants will cover the basic relationships, systems, and cycles within environments. Observe interactions between living and nonliving that impacts an organism's chances for survival. Participants will examine the flow of energy in food chains and food webs including the process of photosynthesis. They will explore ways to integrate hands on inquiry based instruction for students to participate in. Participants explore the effects of changes in an ecosystem and how it affects all of the organisms no matter how large or small the change may be.


TEKS addressed: 5.9ABCD, 4.9AB, 3.9ABC

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Organisms’ Life Processes and Structures (Middle School) Click for More

Organisms’ Life Processes and Structures

Teachers of 6th-8th grade

3.5 hours of CPE

How do the non-living portions of the ecosystem influence the living parts? Learn about field instruments you cause to help your students observe the natural world and explore the relationship between organisms and the environment.

Participants will observe and describe how different environments support different varieties of organisms. Participants will observe, record, and describe the role of ecological succession in a given area. Participants will explore how organisms and their populations respond to short‐ and long‐term environmental changes, including those caused by human activities through hands‐on labs or inquiry‐based investigations.


TEKS addressed: 8.11CD, 7.10AC, & 6.12E

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Interdependence Among Living Systems and their Environments

Teachers of 6th-8th grade

3.5 hours of CPE

Visualizing the interconnectedness of organisms comprising an ecosystem is difficult. Participate in demonstrations and activities that help reinforce the importance of each organism in an ecosystem.

Participants will diagram the levels of organization within an ecosystem, including organism, population, community, and ecosystem.

Participants will explore the interdependence between living systems. Participants will explore interactions between organisms in ecosystems, including producer/consumer, predator/prey, and parasite/host relationships in aquatic and terrestrial systems through hands‐on labs or inquiry‐based investigations. Participants will describe how biotic and abiotic factors affect the number of organisms and populations present in an ecosystem. Participants will describe how biodiversity contributes to the sustainability of an ecosystem.


TEKS addressed: 8.11AB, 7.10B, 6.12F

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