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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.

Science Games for STAAR Review

Teachers of Grades 3–5
3 hours of CPE

Online: Asynchronous
January 2021

$60 ($55 for Members)

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Course Description

Course content will be available via Google Classroom for completion at your own pace from January 1-31, 2021. 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 December 31, 2021. 

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

DIY Hydroponics

Teachers of Grades K–6
3 hours of CPE

Online: Asynchronous
January 2021

$50 ($45 for Members)
DIY Hydroponic Kit*: $25

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Course Description

Course content will be available via Google Classroom for completion at your own pace from January 1-31, 2021. The course will take approximately 3 hours to complete.

Short on green space? Having trouble maintaining a vegetable garden outdoors? Try hydroponics! Growing plants in a hydroponic system takes up less space and uses less water than traditional vegetable gardens, yet it often creates higher yields. Complete this workshop to learn how to make your own hydroponic system with simple materials. Option to pick up a DIY Hydroponics kit at the Dallas Arboretum anytime during the month of January (a $25 value) OR a materials list will be mailed to you upon registration so you can purchase materials and assemble the kit yourself.

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.

*If you purchase a DIY Hydroponic kit, you must pick up the materials at the Dallas Arboretum in January 2021.

Educator taking notes while observing plants

Art + Science

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

Online: Asynchronous
February 2021

$50 ($45 for Members)

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Course Description

Course content will be available via Google Classroom for completion at your own pace from February 1–28, 2021. 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

Online: Hybrid
February 6, 2021: LIVE zoom Session 10–11:30am CT
1.5-hour asynchronous assignment due by February 28, 2021

$20 ($15 for Members)

Register

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.

Take Science Outside!

Teachers of Grades K–6
3 hours of CPE

Online: Asynchronous
March 2021

$50 ($45 for Members)

Register

Course Description

Course content will be available via Google Classroom for completion at your own pace from March 1-31, 2021. 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.

Project E3: Expanding Energy Education

Teachers of Grades K–12
6 hours of CPE

Online: Asynchronous
March 2021

$65 ($60 for Members)

Register

Course Description

Course content will be available via Google Classroom for completion at your own pace from March 1-31, 2021. 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.

Explore Before Explain With Pat Brown

Teachers of Grades K–6
6 hours of CPE

Online: Hybrid
April 1, 2021: LIVE Zoom Session 4–5pm CT
5 hours asynchronous coursework due by April 30, 2021.

$85 ($80 for Members)

Register

Course Description

Course content will be available via Google Classroom for completion at your own pace from April 1-30, 2021.

We are thrilled to partner with NSTA author Patrick Brown for this learning experience! Workshop content is based on Pat Brown’s books, Instructional Sequence Matters (Grades 6-8 and 3-5). Activities will inspire you to reimage how you structure science lessons. Small tweaks to your existing lessons will guide students to construct their own firsthand knowledge based on data and observations. The workshop will include a concise review of research that explains why the order in which you structure your lessons is so critical and will provide many examples of how to fully engage students in the explore phase of the 5E Model before jumping to explain.

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 session.

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.

Workshop materials (a $15 value) will be mailed to the address you provide at registration.

learn, grow, eat & go

Learn, Grow, Eat & Go!

Teachers of Grades K–5
3 hours of CPE

Online: Asynchronous
Available now for groups of 15 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!  


aquatic WILD

Aquatic WILD

Teachers of Grades K–12
6 hours of CPE

Online: Asynchronous
Available now for groups of 15 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.

Education at the Arboretum

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