Teacher Professional Development
Teachers netting invertebrates“The art of teaching is the art of assisting discovery.”
—Mark Van Doren

At the Missouri Botanical Garden, we regard teachers as close colleagues. The role they play in our world is simply heroic, and we thank them for their daily, unwavering commitment to creating curious, lifelong learners. To support and strengthen teachers, we offer a diversity of courses, workshops and other experiences in the summer and throughout the school year.

Some schools and districts count Garden professional development toward district-required professional development units. College credit is available for select summer workshops.

For more information, please call (314) 577-0819 or e-mail teachertraining@mobot.org.


Climate Science & Stewardship Educator Workshop (Grades 4–12)

July 20–22, 2016
9 a.m. – 3 p.m. each day
At the Missouri Botanical Garden

Join educators from across the bi-state region to explore climate science with colleagues from Missouri Botanical Garden and Saint Louis University’s Center for Environmental Sciences. Building on recent efforts associated with the St. Louis Ozone Garden Network, this workshop will enable participants to more confidently navigate and explore the complex and often overwhelming topic of climate change in ways that relate to timely quality of life issues. From human health and native biodiversity to community resilience to weather extremes and walkability/livability of neighborhoods, this issue affects us all.

  • Day 1 will set the stage, enabling participants to learn from and interact with from local experts and community stakeholders who will share their personal and professional perspectives on the topic.
  • Day 2 will be out and about in the Garden, with teachers experiencing replicable plant-based investigations and action projects their students could take on.
  • Day 3 will serve enable all participants to apply their newfound knowledge and inspiration to their coming school year, allowing for quality planning time to ensure grade-level relevancy as well as place-based, community-specific relevancy.

Participating teachers/schools will also receive guidance/support from the Garden/SLU team throughout the 2016–17 school year as they integrate climate science and stewardship activities into their students’ experiences.

FREE workshop, lunch included; limited to 80 educators
For teachers grades 4–12
Registration required; registration deadline July 8, 2016

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Questions? Email teachertraining@mobot.org or call Sheila Voss at (314) 577-0284.

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Sprouting Science in St. Louis:
Early Childhood Nature Summit (PreK–Grade 2)

OUR VISION: Everyday, unstructured access to quality nature spaces for every citizen.

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July 25–27, 2016
9 a.m.–3 p.m. each day
At the Missouri Botanical Garden and local field sites

Are you seeking ideas and inspiration for transforming your schoolyard into a leafy, green, nature-rich place for you and your students? Do you want to learn ways to use outdoor spaces as legitimate alternatives to traditional classrooms? Are you looking to engage and enrich your school’s families, neighborhood and community in ways that bring people together and grow civic pride and ownership?

This 3-day workshop will feature

  • Local professionals and peers sharing perspectives, case studies and visions
  • Replicable experiences to integrate into your practice
  • Realistic solutions to common obstacles
  • Professional networking and planning time
  • Action project guidance, support and resources
  • Strategies to build capacity at the school- and neighborhood-level to create and care for nature-rich communities

FREE workshop, light meals included; limited to 60 educators

For educators working with students ranging from preschool through Grade 2, including principals, district administrators, curriculum specialists, educators from local informal learning institutions, research professionals and other community partners.

Registration required; registration deadline July 15, 2016

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Questions? Email teachertraining@mobot.org or call Jennifer Hartley at (314) 577-0819.

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Made possible with support from The Boeing Company.

Professional Development Outreach

Administrators—Are you looking for professional development opportunities for your staff?

The Missouri Botanical Garden's School Programs team offers topnotch STEM and inquiry training for K–12 that can be incorporated into an established professional development day or offered as an evening or weekend program at your school. Programs typically last 45–60 minutes and serve up to 30 teachers. Additional programs may be scheduled within the same day to serve larger groups.

Outreach costs for professional development programs are:

  • $150 for the first hour and $50 for each additional hour (to take place the same day).
  • $1/mile over 20 miles.

Professional development programs may be uniquely designed for your school upon request. (Additional planning costs may be incurred. These will be discussed with you prior to scheduling.)

Please call (314) 577-0819 or e-mail teachertraining@mobot.org to discuss programming options.


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