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.


BiomeSTL Citizen Science Workshop for Teachers

August 25, 2018
9 a.m.–noon

At the Missouri Botanical Garden (CBEC Building, 4651 Shaw Blvd.)
Teachers serving 4th–12th grades


Join us at the Missouri Botanical Garden on Saturday, August 25, 2018 for a free workshop! This workshop will introduce participants to biodiversity inventories and the use of the iNaturalist.org platform, and will include suggestions for integrating its use into your existing work with students in grades 4 through 12. Whether you are new to the concept of 'citizen science' or a veteran who has participated in projects in the past, you'll come away with fresh ideas about how to engage students in real-world data collection and scientific inquiry. All attendees will receive a free BiomeSTL Citizen Science kit containing curriculum materials, equipment and resources.

Questions? E-mail teachertraining@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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