Adult Education

Teacher Workshops


Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Workshops provide educators with the skills, knowledge, and experiences necessary to enhance curriculum through nature-based learning. While participating in activities throughout the Garden, educators learn effective outdoor teaching techniques and gain new ideas for hands-on connections to the Virginia Standards-of-Learning. Participants receive valuable classroom resources and a certificate for continuing education units (CEUs).

2015 Educators' ConferenceNatural Connections: Interdisciplinary Strategies for Teaching and Learning

This three-day collaborative conference provides valuable professional development opportunities for Pre-K – 6th grade educators, administrators, and pre-service teachers. Join your colleagues for inspiring opportunities to make natural connections using interdisciplinary teaching approaches. Presenters model ways to blend science, social studies, language arts, and math standards for authentic learning experiences.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015: Pre-K - 1st Grade

Thursday, March 19, 2015: 2nd - 3rd Grade

Friday, March 20, 2015: 4th - 6th Grade

Registration opens mid-January. Space is limited; advanced registration required.

Fee Per Day: $40; includes workshops, morning coffee, lunch, classroom resources, and 8 hours professional development points.


The Virginia Department of Education’s Division of Instruction is pleased to support Natural Connections: Interdisciplinary Strategies for Teaching and Learning. This conference will provide exemplary opportunities for professional growth using science and social studies as the integrating contexts to teach language arts and mathematics.                      

John W. “Billy” Haun, Ed.D.

Chief Academic Officer

Virginia Department of Education,

Division of Instruction


Agriculture in the Classroom: What is in the Barn?

Friday, January 16, 2015

“What is in the Barn?” a professional development workshop for pk-5 educators presented by Virginia Agriculture in the Classroom.

Come with AITC and explore life inside and around the barn and learn how to integrate it into your daily curriculum. Engage learners in investigations and hands-on activities involving animals and plants.

Learn about the many people involved in the family farm. Explore the barnyard with our staff and leave with a basket full of ideas, activities and resources for your PK-5 students.

Free; registration required.

Click here for online registration.



Professional Development Workshops at Your School

Let us come to you! Topics include but are not limited to:

Outdoors in All Seasons (Pre-K - 2nd)

Explore the plants and animals in your schoolyard through multidisciplinary activities, experiments, art, and literature connections.

Inquiry-based Investigations in the Schoolyard (3rd - 7th)

Learn how to design and lead your students through open-ended inquiry science investigations using your schoolyard sidewalk, lawn and trees.

Using the School Grounds as a Classroom (all grades)

Discover techniques for using plants and other natural materials in your schoolyard to increase student engagement while enhancing core curriculum.

Contact Kristin Mullen at 804-262-9887 x275 or to discuss your professional development needs.

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