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.

Project WILD | Feb 3

Project WILD
Teachers of grades K-12th
6 hours of CPE and TEEAC credit
February 3, 2018
9:00am-3:00pm

$40 per person

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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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Learn, Grow, Eat & Go! | Feb 10

Learn, Grow, Eat & Go!
February 10, 2018
9:00am-3:00pm
Teachers of K-5th Grade
6 hours of CPE

$35 per person

Register for Learn, Grow, Eat, Go!

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 developed by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension as part of 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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Art + Science Workshop | March 31

Art + Science WorkshopK
K-5 Art and Science Educators
6 hours of CPE
March 31, 2018
9:00am-3:00pm

$35 per person

[Registration opens soon]

Join Director of Education, Dustin Miller, and artist and Midlothian ISD GT Specialist, Casey Nelson, for a unique workshop experience for elementary art and science educators.

Having trouble making a meaningful connection to soil properties while discussing weathering, erosion and deposition? Looking for a more impactful way to make earth and life cycles more memorable? Wondering how to engage students that protest “But I learned this last year!” or “I’m just not artistic!”? This workshop is for you.

The duo will engage participants in hands-on projects that support earth and life science TEKS while also helping students meet state art standards. All projects can be completed in your science or art classroom – or, better yet, make for an excellent opportunity to collaborate across the hallway!

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Project Learning Tree: Energy in Ecosystems | April 18

PLT Energy in Ecosystems
Teachers of grades 3-5
3 hours of CPE
April 18, 2018
4:00-7:00pm

$40 per person

Wine and light bites are included in your registration

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Designed for students in grades 3-5, PLT Energy in Ecosystems investigates the 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. Participants will earn complete access to Project Learning Tree's Energy in Ecosystems e-unit online.

The e-unit 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

Here's what a few teachers have said about PLT’s Energy in Ecosystems e-unit:

"I honestly found the unit resources to be among the most well-organized resources I have ever used.”

“This is a wonderful way to explore the many facets of the tree in our environment. It is easy to do, not a huge amount of preparation, and can be done even in an urban environment.”

Workshop registration includes 3 hours of CPE credits, complimentary wine and light bites, parking, and admission to the garden. Participants may remain in the garden until 8:00 p.m. after the workshop.

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Garden Connections: Enrich Your Life Science TEKS in the Garden | April 25

Garden Connections: Enrich Your Life Science TEKS in the Garden!
Teachers of grades K-8th
3 hours of CPE
April 25, 2018
4:00-7:00pm

$25 per person

Wine and light bites are included in your registration

[Registration opens soon]

Join us for an evening in the garden. During this workshop, you will gain new ideas about how to connect your life science TEKS to the components of the natural world your students experience every day. Our highly trained educators will model activities that you can easily replicate in your classroom. We will also head outside to experience activities designed to engage your students in life science concepts outdoors – either on a field trip at the Arboretum or in your schoolyard. Wine and light snacks included! Parking included. All participants will have access to the Main Garden until 8:00 p.m.

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Plants and Birds: Exploring Adaptations with TRAC | May 2

Plants and Birds: Exploring Adaptations with the Trinity River Audubon Center
Teachers of grades K-8th
3 hours of CPE
May 2, 2018
4:00-7:00pm

$25 per person

Wine and light bites are included in your registration

[Registration opens soon]

Join us for an evening in the garden as we take a closer look at adaptations. During this workshop our highly trained educators will team up with the Trinity River Audubon Center (TRAC) to model activities designed to help your students explore the unique characteristics of plants and birds. The activities will dig into the concepts of structure/function, adaptations, and interdependence and can easily be replicated in your classroom, schoolyard or on field trip to the Arboretum. Activities will include our new Texas Native Plant Lab – a teaching space you won’t want to miss out on! Wine and light snacks included! Parking included. All participants will have access to the Main Garden until 8pm.

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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

Contact us to schedule this program.

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