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 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.

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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

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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.

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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

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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.

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