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.


EnviroScape Training

enviroscape2 Wednesday, February 19, 2020;
4:30–6:30 p.m.

Presented by EarthWays Center of the Missouri Botanical Garden
At St. Louis Aquarium at Union Station

Learn how to use two EnviroScape models available for free from the EarthWays Center. Includes: Watershed Pollution and Water Treatment .

The EnviroScape Watershed model is a hands-on, interactive demonstration of the sources and effects of water pollution. Easily demonstrate how storm water runoff carries pollutants through the watershed to a pond, lake, river, bay, or ocean—and the best management practices to prevent this type of pollution from occurring. The overall watershed/stormwater concept is effectively communicated to all ages.

The Water Treatment model traces the path of water we use from the rivers through the water treatment plant process and back to the residential and commercial uses. Participants are captivated by the hands-on demonstration as they draw real water from the river and to send to the water treatment plant for processing.

This workshop is FREE to attend. Questions? Contact Maggie McCoy at mmccoy@mobot.org or (314) 577-0281.

Learn more and register

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.


No-cost Outdoor Learning Experience

Teacher with students at LREC Visit the Garden's Litzsinger Road Ecology Center with your class and learn how partnering with us will improve your skills as an outdoor place-based educator.
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Online Master's Degree

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