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).


Natural Connections: Interdisciplinary Strategies for Teaching and Learning

Wednesday, March 16: PreK – 1st Grade
Thursday, March 17: 2nd – 3rd Grade
Friday, March 18: 4th – 6th Grade

Fee Per Day: $40; includes workshops, morning coffee, lunch and classroom resources
Pre-registration required. Click here for online registration.
8 hours professional development points per day

Join us for the 2106 Educators’ Conference! This three-day collaborative conference provides valuable professional development opportunities for PreK – 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.


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.


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.