Continuing Professional Education

Year-round CPE credit opportunities for educators


The Arboretum isn’t just the perfect field trip for students and the best floral display in Dallas, but it is also the ideal location to get TEA-approved Continuing Professional Education (CPE) credit if you’re a teacher! All of our workshops allow educators the opportunity to enjoy learning in Dallas’ most beautiful outdoor classroom in highly-aligned and hands-on workshops. Many workshops are also available at your campus (for groups of fifteen or more). Custom workshops available upon request.

Please review our professional development options below, and contact education@dallasarboretum.org with any questions.

Energy in Ecosystems by Project Learning Tree | September 9

Energy in Ecosystems by Project Learning Tree
September 9
8:00-11:30am
Teachers of 3rd-5th grade
3.5 hours of CPE
$40 per person

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Designed for 3rd-5th grade teachers, the Energy in Ecosystems unit investigates ways in which organisms depend on each other to survive and thrive. Students focus on forests (one of the largest and most complex types of ecosystems) and come to understand some of the interactions present in all ecosystems. In doing so, they learn to appreciate the natural systems on which we depend and begin to widen their circle of compassion to include all of nature.

This workshop will be hosted by Dallas Arboretum staff educators and state Project Learning Tree coordinator, Misty Bowie. Upon completion of the workshop, participants will receive lifetime digital access to all of the Energy in Ecosystems e-unit. Participants are encouraged but not required to bring their own laptop or wifi-enabled device.

Energy in Ecosystems contains:

  • detailed step-by-step lesson plans
  • downloadable student pages to guide learning
  • a range of assessment tools, including pre- and post-assessments and evaluation rubrics
  • easy-to-understand teacher background information
  • comprehensive, interactive connections to academic standards
  • resources for customizing the lessons to your students and situation
  • suggestions for fiction and non-fiction books to enhance the activities
  • more teaching tools including links to websites, videos, online quizzes, and other supplementary resources

Workshop participants will have access to the entire Dallas Arboretum, including the award-winning Children's Adventure Garden, or the entire day following the workshop as well as complimentary parking.

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Learn, Grow, Eat & Go! | October 14

Learn, Grow, Eat & Go!
October 14
9:00am-3:00pm
Teachers of K-5th Grade
6 hours of CPE
$35 per person

Registration will open soon!

Learn, Grow, Eat & Go! (LGEG) grows good kids through an interdisciplinary program combining academic achievement, gardening, nutrient-dense food experiences, physical activity, and school & family engagement. Looking to get more out of an existing garden on your campus or perhaps ways that you could get one approved for your site? This customizable curriculum from the International Junior Master Gardener program is the perfect professional development opportunity!

In this workshop, our highly trained staff educators engage participants in curriculum lessons throughout the Arboretum. Participants receive a complete set of Learn, Grow, Eat & Go! resources and hands-on instruction. Participants can implement the curriculum in their classroom immediately.

Workshop includes full day access to the entire Dallas Arboretum, including the award-winning Children's Adventure Garden and parking.

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Leopold Education Project | October 21

Leopold Education Project at Trinity River Audubon Center
October 21
Teachers of grades K-12th
6 hours of CPE and TEEAC credit
9:00am-3:00pm
$40 per person

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The Leopold Education Project (LEP) is an innovative, interdisciplinary conservation and environmental education curriculum based on the essays in A Sand County Almanac. There are currently five different educator resources containing 20 individual lessons within the LEP curriculum.

The objectives of the Leopold Education Project (LEP) are:
• To create an ecologically literate citizenry
• To expand participants’ 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 Trinity River Audubon Center for the remainder of the day.

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Project WILD | November 4

Project WILD
November 4
Teachers of grades K-12th
6 hours of CPE and TEEAC credit
9:00am-3:00pm
$40 per person

Registration will open soon!

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.


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Organisms’ Life Processes and Structures (Elementary)

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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Relationships, Systems, and Cycles within Environments

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)

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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Project E3: Expanding Energy Education

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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