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.


Sprouting Science

Sprouting Science logoThe Sprouting Science program engages Early Childhood educators in planning and implementing outdoor learning with their students in their own schoolyards. Applications due February 19, 2016. Learn more

Thinking Beyond the 3Rs: A Recycling Workshop for K–12 Educators

Saturday, February 27, 2016; 9 a.m.–4 p.m.
Want to learn how to effectively implement waste reduction programs at your school? Interested in introducing new topics in sustainability such as recycling and waste in your classroom? Join us for this FREE one day workshop! Learn more

Birds and School Gardens Overnight Workshop at Shaw Nature Reserve

Saturday, April 23 (9:30 a.m.)–
Sunday, April 24 (3 p.m.)
Teachers, join us for a free overnight workshop offered by Cornell Lab of Ornithology, in collaboration with the Missouri Department of Conservation and Shaw Nature Reserve. You'll learn to identify a number of local Missouri birds, become a citizen scientist, discover ways to make your schoolyard more bird-friendly, get resources to help you effectively teach outdoors, and deepen your understanding of habitat and its importance to resident and migratory birds. Register by April 1.Learn more

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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