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.


Sustainability Institute for K–12 Educators

2017 Sustainability Institute for Educators: Change is on the Menu…

June 20–22, 2017
8 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day

At Mary Institute and St. Louis Country Day School (MICDS)

Join us for the seventh annual Sustainability Institute for Educators as we focus the conversation on food and our schools. The Institute will feature a mix of special guest speakers, tools and resources, and hands-on workshops.

Who Should Attend?

The Sustainability Institute for Educators is designed for educators from all roles and environments. With that, K–12 School Administrators, Curriculum and Facilities Directors, teachers and student leaders from public, independent and informal learning environments should attend the Institute. While individuals are welcome to participate, we recommend recruiting a team or partner from your school. 

What Will I Gain by Attending?

Each participant will leave with a better understanding of how to build awareness and understanding around the issues, principles and science of sustainability; understand how to construct learning environments that connect to real-world problems; and discover how and when to take action and effect change in school communities.

More Information and Registration: 

$150 registration fee includes speaker fees, breakfast and lunch for all three days.
Graduate credit is available for an additional fee. 

Learn more and register

Questions? Please contact Kat Golden at katherine.golden@mobot.org.


Visualizing Biodiversity for a Better World Educator Workshop

How science, technology, art and imagination create change

July 24–26, 2017
8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. each day

At the Missouri Botanical Garden's Monsanto Center (4500 Shaw Blvd.)
For teachers grades 4–12

  • Seeking creative ways for your students to visualize, deeply understand and effectively communicate environmental science concepts?
  • Looking for new ways to connect with peers across disciplines, from science and technology to communications and arts?
  • Wanting to transform your campus and community into your very own learning lab, design studio and stewardship site?

How can we become an ecologically literate citizenry, one that can understand and navigate the complexities of rapid environmental change in the context of daily living? This worthy question is at the heart of our 2017 educator workshop, Visualizing Biodiversity for a Better World, a collaboration of Missouri Botanical Garden, Academy of Science St. Louis and the BiodiverseCity St. Louis network of organizations. Designed to bring together educators from the sciences, arts, technology, communications, and other realms, this workshop embraces data-driven, multi-disciplinary approaches to learning and meaning-making, with an eye on the living world and our role in it.

The three-day experience will feature local and regional artists, scientists, writers, art/science collaborations, projects and organizations whose work reflects a brilliant intersection of art, science, technology, nature and the environment. From mapping, modeling and media productions to eye-catching infographics and artistic interpretations of complex science concepts, we’ll explore a variety of data visualization tools and techniques used to engage, educate and inspire. Participants will have the opportunity to create and take home customized infographics and digital media productions using real-world data, create and curate a group exhibit and even make art out of invasive species.

This workshop is ideal for classroom teachers and informal educators who serve students from grades 4–12. Teams of multi-disciplinary teachers from the same school and/or institution are encouraged.

FREE workshop
For teachers grades 4–12
Registration required


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

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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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