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: Educators’ Conference: Interdisciplinary Strategies for Teaching and Learning

Wednesday, March 15: PreK – 1st Grade
Thursday, March 16: 2nd – 3rd Grade
Friday, March 17: 4th – 6th Grade

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.

Conference Details and Registration

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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 Sarah Croscutt at 804-262-9887 x254 or [email protected] to discuss your professional development needs.