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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.

Fall 2021 In-Person Learning

What happens to plants in winter?

Teachers of Grades K–6
2 hours of CPE

In person at the Dallas Arboretum
Thursday, December 2, 2021
4:30–6:30pm

$60 ($55 for members)

Register

Course Description

Plants in North Texas need to survive our hot and dry summers and then endure cold and sometimes freezing temperatures in the winter. Take a winter walk through the Dallas Arboretum with Director of Horticulture Megan Proska as she guides observations of the structures and functions of a diverse collection of plants that survive and thrive in our environment. The Dallas Arboretum education team will share student activities you can use to support understanding of plant structures and functions, life cycles and interdependence in ecosystems. After the workshop, experience a special nighttime experience with over a million lights on display throughout the garden. Visit the 12 Days of Christmas gazebos and our expanded Christmas Village. This is a great time to plan your class’ December visit to the Dallas Arboretum.

Registration includes:

Registration includes complimentary parking for one car and your admission to Holiday at the Arboretum at Night (6–9pm) following the workshop!

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.

Fall 2021 Virtual Learning

STEM Night: Food & Water

Educators of Grades K–5
3 hours of CPE

Online: Asynchronous
August–October 2021

Scholarship applications and registration for this workshop are now closed. Please consider registering for one of our other upcoming sessions!

Course Description

Course content will be available via Google Classroom for completion at your own pace from August 1–October 31, 2021. The course will take approximately three hours to complete.

We are thrilled to offer you access to STEMScopes’s STEMRanger Family Science night kits. By completing this training, you will be able to implement the Food & Water Family Science Night, a collection of 10 interactive STEM activities designed for K-5 students and their families. Activities challenge students to analyze how we use food and water resources across the world and investigate more efficient ways to use distribute these resources. Each station takes about 10-15 minutes to complete and includes activities to complete before and after the STEM Night. All handouts and written materials available in English & Spanish.

Note: This kit includes access to online materials. Your subscription for the online material will be good through December 31, 2021. Plan to implement the activities before the end of 2021.

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.

*Each kit includes materials for 50 students and their families. Some simple consumables need to be added to the kit before implementation. Each kit purchased includes access to the online training for one adult. One kit includes four 10x18x30 inch boxes and weighs 21-38 lbs. Due to the size, kits must be picked up at the Dallas Arboretum. Arrange pickup by emailing education@dallasarboretum.org upon registration.

STEM Night: Ocean Exploration

Educators of Grades K–5
3 hours of CPE

Online: Asynchronous
August–October 2021

Scholarship applications and registration for this workshop are now closed. Please consider registering for one of our other upcoming sessions!

Course Description

Course content will be available via Google Classroom for completion at your own pace from August 1–October 31, 2021. The course will take approximately three hours to complete.

We are thrilled to offer you access to STEMScopes’s STEMRanger Family Science night kits. By completing this training, you will be able to implement the Ocean Exploration Family Science Night, a collection of 10 interactive STEM activities designed for K-5 students and their families. Activities challenge students to analyze issues related to our ocean’s health such as marine debris, overfishing and the effects of sea level rise due to melting glaciers. Students will explore and identify small actions they can take to have an impact on these global issues. Each station takes about 10-15 minutes and includes activities to complete before and after the STEM Night. All handouts and written materials available in English & Spanish.

Note: This kit includes access to online materials. Your subscription for the online material will be good through December 31, 2021. Plan to implement the activities before the end of 2021.

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.

*Each kit includes materials for 50 students and their families. Some simple consumables need to be added to the kit before implementation. Each kit purchased includes access to the online training for one adult. One kit includes four 10x18x30 inch boxes and weighs 21-38 lbs. Due to the size, kits must be picked up at the Dallas Arboretum. Arrange pickup by emailing education@dallasarboretum.org upon registration.

Explore Before Explain with Pat Brown

Teachers of Grades K–6
2 hours of CPE

Online: Synchronous
Tuesday, October 12, 2021: LIVE Zoom Session 4-5pm CT
Tuesday, October 19, 2021: LIVE Zoom Session 4-5pm CT

Both Sessions: $60 ($55 for members)
One Session: $35 ($30 for members)

Register for Both Sessions

Register for October 12

Register for October 19

Course Description

A book is not required to complete this workshop, although we do recommend this resource! https://www.nsta.org/book-series/instructional-sequence-matters

We are thrilled to continue our work with NSTA author Patrick Brown. In this two-session series, Pat will first outline the components of Explore Before Explain teaching. He will model how to fully engage students in the explore phase of the 5E Model before jumping to explain. Pat will also provide a concise review of research that explains why the order in which you structure your lessons is so critical. The second session will focus on the differences between data and evidence and how students can use pattern-based thinking and causal relationships to make a scientific claim. This mini-series will inspire you to reimage how you structure your science lessons!

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.

Available By Request

Community Science: All About Ants

Teachers of Grades K–6
2 hours of CPE

$60 ($55 for Members)

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

Course Description

Treat yourself to a day at the Dallas Arboretum! In conjunction with the 2021 Pumpkin Village featuring Bugtopia 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 Pumpkin Village to experience the beauty of 90,000 pumpkins, gourds and squash. This is a great opportunity to plan your class’s visit to this year’s pumpkin display.

Registration includes:

Registration includes complimentary parking for one car plus general admission to Autumn at the Arboretum for yourself and two guests on the day of the workshop. Details about making reservations for your guests will be included in your confirmation email.  

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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