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

Sustainability Institute for P12 Educators

Whole School Sustainability: A Framework for Organizational Change

Tuesday, June 21–Thursday, June 23, 2016
8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
At Mary Institute and St. Louis Country Day School

Join us at the sixth annual Sustainability Institute for Educators, this three-day institute will guide educators and administrations through the Whole-School Sustainability Framework to understand how to create the conditions necessary to journey toward whole-school sustainability: organizational culture, physical place, and educational programs.

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. NEW this year participants will also have the opportunity to complete certification as a Green Classroom Professional; a certificate program developed by the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council. 

More Information and Registration: 

$150 registration fee includes speaker fees, breakfast and lunch for all three days.
Graduate credit is available. A limited number of scholarships are available. 

Learn more and register

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


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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