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Professional Learning

Professional Learning at the Arboretum

The Dallas Arboretum provides year-round CPE credit opportunities for educators who want to get their students outside of the classroom by building academic connections to the world around them through garden-based learning experiences.

This school year we are excited to offer online professional learning experiences to keep you connected to the garden and growing as an educator. All sessions include TEA-approved Continuing Professional Education (CPE) credit. Custom workshops available upon request.

Contact education@dallasarboretum.org with any questions.

Spring 2022

School Gardening 101

Educators of Grades K–6
1.5 hours of CPE
Online: Synchronous
Thursday, January 13, 2022
LIVE Zoom Session from 6–7:30pm CT
$40 ($35 for members)

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Course Description

Are you interested in getting a school garden growing at your campus this spring? Join us online along with our knowledgeable guest presenter Dawn Cleaves to learn tips and tricks for getting a successful school garden growing. Dawn Cleaves is a Life Lab Certified School Garden Educator and completed the Junior Master Gardener National Leader Training in 2019.

Registration includes:

Two complimentary general admission tickets to the Dallas Arboretum! Teachers always receive FREE general admission so share these tickets with your guests. Tickets valid 7 days a week, 9am-5pm, through December 31, 2022.

Explore Before Explain with Pat Brown: Needs of Seeds & Hydroponics

Teachers of Grades K–6
2 hours of CPE
Online: Synchronous
Needs of Seeds: Tuesday, February 8, 2022: LIVE Zoom Session 4-5pm CT
Hydroponics: Tuesday, February 22, 2022: LIVE Zoom Session 4-5pm CT
Both Sessions: $60 ($55 for members)
One Session: $35 ($30 for members)

Purchase Pat Brown’s books here. A book is not required to complete this workshop, although we do recommend this resource!

Register for both

Register for Needs of Seeds

Register for Hydroponics

Course Description

In continued partnership with NSTA author Patrick Brown, this two-part workshop series will model how to use the Explore Before Explain teaching strategy to support student understanding of the needs of plants throughout their life cycle. The first session will model the Get Your Garden Growing lesson where students set up an investigation to determine what radish seeds need to sprout. The second session will model how to use a simple hydroponic system in your classroom to support student understanding of the needs of plants. Materials will be mailed to you ahead of time so you can set up these investigations yourself.

Patrick Brown, PhD, is the Executive Director of STEM and Career Education for the Fort Zumwalt School District in O’Fallon, MO and will join us over Zoom for the live sessions.

Registration includes:

Two complimentary general admission tickets to the Dallas Arboretum! Teachers always receive FREE general admission so share these tickets with your guests. Tickets valid 7 days a week, 9am-5pm, through December 31, 2022. Materials needed for the investigations are also included and will be mailed to the address you provide at registration.

School Garden Meetup Happy Hour

Teachers of Grades K-6
1 hour of CPE
In person at the Dallas Arboretum
Saturday, February 12, 2022 from 4-5pm
This is a FREE event. Registration is required.

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Description

Join us to share your tips for establishing and maintaining a school garden. Mingle with other educators to learn more about strategies they have had success with. This will be an informal event and include 1 drink ticket. Dawn Cleaves, who is a Life Lab Certified School Garden Educator and completed the Junior Master Gardner National Leader Training in 2019, will join us to share best practices as well.

Registration includes:

Registration includes complimentary parking for one car. You are welcome to come early to explore the Arboretum before the session.

Community Science: All About Ants

Teachers of Grades K-6
2 hours of CPE
In person at the Dallas Arboretum
Saturday, March 5, 2022 from 10am-12pm
$60 ($55 for members)

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Course Description

Treat yourself to a day at the Dallas Arboretum! This workshop will take an in-depth look at ants. As the most numerous insect in the world, ants can be an effective teaching tool when learning about structure and function, life cycles, inherited traits, instincts and learned behaviors. During this workshop you will participate in a community science project called Ant Picnic and learn how your students can get involved in this project which seeks to better understand what foods ants in different parts of the world eat. After the workshop, take a stroll through the Arboretum’s Dallas Blooms Festival to enjoy the beauty of the garden in full bloom.

Registration includes:

Registration includes complimentary parking for one car plus general admission to the 2022 Dallas Blooms Festival featuring Birds of Paradise for yourself and two guests. Tickets will be mailed to the address you provide at registration.   

Parking Lot Birding

Teachers of Grades K-6
4 hours of CPE
In person at the Dallas Arboretum
Saturday, April 9, 2022 from 10am-2pm
$75 ($70 for members)

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Course Description

In conjunction with the 2022 Dallas Blooms Festival featuring Birds of Paradise, we are teaming up with Jennifer L. Bristol, birder and author, for a unique educator experience. Join Jennifer’s presentation on Parking Lot Birding from 10-11:30am followed by an educator workshop that will provide easy to implement ideas around using birds as a teaching tool.

Jennifer L. Bristol is the former director of Texas Children in Nature program of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. The 2018 and 2019 recipient of the Most Valuable Birder Award in the Great Texas Birding Classic, she has contributed articles to Texas Parks and Wildlife Magazine and other publications. A former park ranger, business owner and marketing executive, she also has served on the advisory boards for the Texas Wildlife Association and Travis Audubon.

Registration includes:

Registration includes complimentary parking for one car plus general admission to the 2022 Dallas Blooms festival for yourself and two guests. Tickets will be mailed to the address you provide at registration.   

Outdoor Classroom Support

The Dallas Arboretum may be the city’s best outdoor classroom, but we also specialize in supporting your outdoor learning initiatives on campus! View our 2021-22 Outdoor Classroom Support options here. Email education@dallasarboretum.org to inquire about scheduling.

Available By Request

Bookworms: Unseen City

Educators of Grades K–6
3 hours of CPE

Online: Asynchronous

$50 ($45 for Members)

Available now for groups of ten or more: email afayen@dallasarboretum.org.

Course Description

Online course content will be available for completion at your own pace June 1–July 31, 2021. The course will take approximately three hours to complete. An optional live virtual book chat will take place over Zoom on Saturday, June 26 at 10am CST.

No matter where we live, we walk, ride and drive by natural wonders every day. Join this session and learn how to connect the natural world your students experience daily to the concepts in your grade level’s science TEKS. Activity ideas will be guided by readings from Nathanael Johnson’s book, Unseen City.

The book is NOT included with registration. Please obtain your own copy to read and reference throughout the workshop. Who knew a fun summer read could also inform your instruction? 

Registration includes:

Two complimentary general admission tickets to the Dallas Arboretum! Teachers always receive FREE general admission so share these tickets with your guests. Tickets valid seven days a week, 9am–5pm, through December 31, 2021.

SEL: The Healing Power of Nature

Educators of Grades K–12
6 hours of CPE

Online: Asynchronous

$60 ($55 for Members)

Available now for groups of ten or more: email afayen@dallasarboretum.org.

Course Description

Course content will be available through a Google Site for completion at your own pace from June 1 – 30, 2021. There will be an optional live Zoom session on Thursday, June 17 from 4:30-5:30pm if you would like to discuss the course content with other educators. The course will take approximately 6 hours to complete.

The current public health crisis with regard to COVID-19 is disruptive not only to students’ learning but to their emotional health. As life with our new “normal” continues, what must teachers know and be able to do to help support our students with the stress and anxiety they have faced over the past year? This session, designed in partnership with Region 10’s Gifted & Talented Consultant, Jessica Gitzinger, will explore what teachers need to know about the emotional effects of stress on our students, examine how educators can support their students, how nature and mindfulness can help relieve stress and how giftedness affects students’ social and emotional needs.

Registration includes:

Two complimentary general admission tickets to the Dallas Arboretum! Teachers always receive FREE general admission so share these tickets with your guests. Tickets valid seven days a week, 9am–5pm, through December 31, 2021.


Project E3: Expanding Energy Education

Teachers of Grades K–12
6 hours of CPE

Online: Asynchronous

$65 ($60 for Members)

Available now for groups of ten or more: email afayen@dallasarboretum.org.

Course Description

Course content will be available via Google Classroom for completion at your own pace. The course will take approximately 6 hours to complete.

Project E3: Expanding Energy Education is a multidisciplinary curriculum guide for grades K–12 featuring TEKS-aligned, hands-on discovery activities related to energy themes. We often take for granted the role of energy in our lives, yet meeting our species’ energy needs is one of the most significant challenges facing us this century. The curriculum guides students to identify fossil fuels, such as oil and natural gas, investigate how they are formed and examine how we use these natural resources in our everyday lives. Careers in engineering are highlighted throughout the guide.

Registration includes:

Two complimentary general admission tickets to the Dallas Arboretum! Teachers always receive FREE general admission so share these tickets with your guests. Tickets valid seven days a week, 9am–5pm, through December 31, 2021.

A link to the digital Project E3 curriculum, a 1400+ page downloadable resource developed by the Offshore Energy Center in Galveston, Texas that includes over 40 activities.


Take Science Outside!

Teachers of Grades K–6
3 hours of CPE

Online: Asynchronous

$50 ($45 for Members)

Available now for groups of ten or more: email afayen@dallasarboretum.org.

Course Description

Course content will be available via Google Classroom for completion at your own pace. The course will take approximately 3 hours to complete.

Create some green time for your students! Join this session to explore simple, easy-to- implement ideas for engaging your students in science activities outside. Emphasis will be placed on using materials that are easy to find, both at home and at school. Topics include life cycles, structure and function, interdependence and forms of energy.

Registration includes:

Two complimentary general admission tickets to the Dallas Arboretum! Teachers always receive FREE general admission so share these tickets with your guests. Tickets valid seven days a week, 9am–5pm, through December 31, 2021.


Educator taking notes while observing plants

Art + Science

Teachers of Grades K–6
3-6 hours of CPE

Available now for groups of 10 or more: afayen@dallasarboretum.org

$50 ($45 for Members)

Course Description

Course content will be available via Google Classroom for completion at your own pace. The course will take approximately 3 hours to complete.

Join Dustin Miller, director of experience and innovation, for an interactive workshop that blends art and science standards for upper elementary classroom and specials teachers. Explore memorable project-based opportunities for connecting science learning creatively.

PD hours are flexible based on the number of activities that you opt to complete. Up to 6 hours of CPEs available.

If you attended our first Art + Science several years ago, this workshop is all NEW content and connections!

Registration includes:

Two complimentary general admission tickets to the Dallas Arboretum! Teachers always receive FREE general admission so share these tickets with your guests. Tickets valid seven days a week, 9am–5pm, through December 31, 2021.

EcoRise: Using Sustainability-Based Lessons to Invest Students in Campus Green Spaces

Teachers of Grades K–12
3 hours of CPE

Available now for groups of 10 or more: afayen@dallasarboretum.org

$20 ($15 for Members)

Course Description

Join EcoRise staff and experienced EcoRise Teacher Ambassadors for an interactive learning experience. In this session we will:

  • Explore lessons that engage students in critical thinking and problem solving to help them invest in, improve upon and learn from their Campus Green Spaces.
  • Dive into EcoRise lessons that utilize outdoor spaces as well as options to adapt lessons for outdoor learning, using our Outdoor Learning Guide.
  • Discuss how to use Eco-Audits and EcoRise’s Eco-Audit Grant program to provide students with student-driven classroom grant opportunities to improve their campus green spaces.

EcoRise inspires a new generation of leaders to design a sustainable future for all. Learn more about the organization here: EcoRise

Registration includes:

One year FREE access to the EcoRise Sustainable Intelligence program for your campus, a $500 value!

Two complimentary general admission tickets to the Dallas Arboretum! Teachers always receive FREE general admission so share these tickets with your guests. Tickets valid seven days a week, 9am–5pm, through December 31, 2021.

learn, grow, eat & go

Learn, Grow, Eat & Go!

Teachers of Grades K–5
3 hours of CPE

Online: Asynchronous
Available now for groups of 10 or more: afayen@dallasarboretum.org.

Course Description

Course content will be available via Google Classroom for completion at your own pace upon private booking for groups of 15 or more. The course will take approximately 3 hours to complete.

Registration includes a copy of the Learn, Grow, Eat & Go! curriculum guide and Garden Kitchen Recipes.  After you complete the coursework, the guide will be shipped to the address you provide during registration. Shipping fee included.

Learn, Grow, Eat & GO! (LGEG) is a research-based curriculum project of the International Junior Master Gardener® Program. The program guides students to identify where their food comes from, understand the nutrients found in food, gain skills needed to grow their own food and maintain health through physically activity. The lessons in this guide connect classroom activities to the food growing in your school garden and/or being served in your school’s lunch room. This multidisciplinary curriculum is a great way to connect science, math, health and physical education learning!  

Science Games for STAAR Review

Teachers of Grades 3–5
3 hours of CPE

Online: Asynchronous
Available now for groups of 10 or more: afayen@dallasarboretum.org.

Course Description

Course content will be available via Google Classroom for completion at your own pace. The course will take approximately 3 hours to complete.

Gamify your STAAR review! The games modeled in this workshop will guide your students to review grades 3-5 science TEKS through a variety of engaging, interactive activities. Options will be provided for implementing the activities in person and online.

Registration includes:

Two complimentary general admission tickets to the Dallas Arboretum! Teachers always receive FREE general admission so share these tickets with your guests. Tickets valid seven days a week, 9am–5pm, through the end of the year.

Game materials (pre-prepped and laminated) will be mailed to the address you provide at registration.

aquatic WILD

Aquatic WILD

Teachers of Grades K–12
6 hours of CPE

Online: Asynchronous
Available now for groups of 10 or more: afayen@dallasarboretum.org.

Course Description

Course content will be available via Google Classroom for completion at your own pace upon private booking for groups of 15 or more. The course will take approximately 6 hours to complete.

Registration includes the Aquatic WILD K-12 Curriculum & Activity Guide. After you complete the coursework, the guide will be shipped to the address you provide during registration. Shipping fee included.

Dive into one basic component of habitats for people and wildlife – water. During this virtual learning experience, you will explore the Aquatic WILD K-12 Curriculum and Activity Guide, a 400+ page book filled with activities that allow students to investigate and understand the fascinating world of water and the aquatic habitats it supports. The 48 TEKS-aligned activities included in the book highlight the following themes: habitats, ecosystems, interference, adaptations and biodiversity.

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