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.

Leopold Education Project | May 13 or June 10

Leopold Education Project
Teachers of grades K-12th
6 hours of CPE and TEEAC credit
9:00am-3:00pm
$35 per person

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. 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 the garden for the remainder of the day, as well as parking.

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Project WILD Aquatic | July 15

Project WILD Aquatic
July 15
Teachers of grades K-12th
6 hours of CPE and TEEAC credit
9:00am-3:00pm
$45 per person

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Teachers of K-12 grade
6 hours of CPE and TEEAC credit
Minimum of 15 teachers required

Project WILD Aquatic is a K-12 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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Growing Up WILD

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

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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Texas Aquatic Science

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’s 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 that conservation of water is a priority for all of us. Students 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 through 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.

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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 CPEMinimum 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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Interdependence Among Living Systems and their Environments

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 to include the organization within an ecosystem, 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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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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