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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.

We are excited to offer both in-person and 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.

Fall 2022 In-Person Programs

Culturally Responsive Teaching in Nature

Teachers of Grades K – 12
3 hours of CPE
In-person at the Dallas Arboretum
Saturday, Oct. 15, 2022
8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Non-member: $60
Member: $55
Professional learning with your friends is more fun, each registration comes with a “Bring a friend FREE” pass. Registration includes complimentary parking for one car.

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Course Description

When thinking about culturally responsive teaching, science is not usually the first subject that comes to mind. But that doesn’t mean it can’t be done! In this course, educators will explore- through hands-on activities- how culturally responsive practices can be applied to science. Educators will learn how to guide students into taking an active role in what they’re learning and create a dynamic and inclusive learning space by taking the classroom into nature.

The session takes place at Dallas Arboretum and will culminate with the exploration of a transformative place-based education lesson.

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Project Squirrel: Teaching Ecosystems through Citizen Science

Teachers of Grades K–12

2 hours of CPE
In-person at the Dallas Arboretum
Saturday, November 12, 2022
9:30am-11:30am
Non-member: $40
Member: $35
Learning is more fun with a colleague, each ticket purchased allows you to bring a colleague for free. Registration includes complimentary parking for one car.

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Course Description

Become an ecosystem scientist by participating in Project Squirrel! Learn how to incorporate citizen science into your classroom and bring thinking like a scientist to life in authentic ways. Project Squirrel is a citizen science project that help will help your students discover ways to connect organisms and environments TEKS- such as food chains and interdependence, to structure function and animal behaviors. With this workshop, participants will learn how they can use other citizen science projects to create relevant curriculum connections in the classroom.

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 Outdoor Classroom Support options here. Email education@dallasarboretum.org to inquire about scheduling.

2022-2023 Online Asynchronous Programs

Bookworms: Unseen City

Educators of Grades K – 6
3 hours of CPE
Online: Asynchronous
May 1, 2022 – May 31, 2023
Non-member: $30
Member: $25

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Course Description

Information:

Online course content will be available for completion at your own pace May 1, 2022 – May 31, 2023. You can register for this course up to May 1, 2023. The course will take approximately 3 hours to complete.

Registration includes 2 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. 

Description:

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. The session 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? 

Take Science Outside!

Educators of Grades K – 6
3 hours of CPE
Online: Asynchronous
May 1, 2022 – May 31, 2023
Non-member: $30
Member: $25

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Course Description

Information:

Online course content will be available for completion at your own pace May 1, 2022 – May 31, 2023. You can register for this course up to May 1, 2023. The course will take approximately 3 hours to complete.

Registration includes 2 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. 

Description:

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.

Available By Request

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, 2022.


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, 2022.

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.


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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.

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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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