Teacher Workshops

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Teacher 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).


Building with the Brick: Featuring LEGO® Education Products

Thursday, July 14: K – 5th Grade
Friday, July 15: 3rd – 5th Grade
Saturday, July 16: 4th – 8th Grade / FIRST® LEGO League

Fee Per Day: $40; lunch included
Pre-registration required. Click here for online registration.
6 hours professional development points per day

There exists a creativity crisis in America at the present time. The STEM workforce in our country is severely lacking and in a 2015 poll, STEM employers listed creativity as the top skill they would like to have in a new employee. This series of trainings with LEGO® Education will provide teachers and school leaders with the opportunity to bring STEM learning alive by engaging students in relevant issues and real world problem solving while connecting to current content standards.

 Agriculture in the Classroom: Sprouting Successful Learners (PreK – 5th Grade)

Tuesday, July 26

Free; Pre-registration required. This program is full.

This hands-on training will feature cross-curricular, standards-aligned lessons and resources that use Virginia agriculture and natural resources to engage learners in science, mathematics, language arts, and social studies. The 2016 curriculum features discovery based learning techniques and project based learning concepts throughout the session. Lessons provide an opportunity for differentiated instruction and pacing to enable learners to master concepts and apply them to daily life.  In addition non-fiction trade books are provided in each teacher’s resource kit which correlate with lessons and provide a reading across the content areas reinforcement.

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 Thoroman at 804-262-9887 x275 or [email protected] to discuss your professional development needs.