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).

Schoolyard Botany: Meeting STEM SOLs (K-5th)

Wednesday, June 24, 9 am – 4 pm

Free; lunch on your own. Space is limited
Pre-registration required. Click here for online registration.
6 Continuing Education Units

Inspire your students to love the outdoors, and meet your SOLs at the same time! Join award-winning Virginia STEM educator Barbara Adcock in exploring plants and their connections with culture, history, and art. You will use a selection of Barbara’s 13 lesson plans inspired by the Flora of Virginia and the 2014 exhibition of the same name at the Library of Virginia. Sample lesson topics: journaling like a botanist; comparing types of botanical art; practical uses of plants; changes in habitats; and using dichotomous keys to identify plants. You’ll leave with a palette of hands-on, often outdoor activities that will interest your students in the botanical world around them. Lesson plans are keyed to combinations of K–5 SOLs in science, math, English, history, and art. And each opens with an activity of sensory observation to encourage subjective learning, an approach inspired by Richard Louv’s Last Child in the Woods.

“Schoolyard Botany” is a free professional development workshop for K–5 educators presented by the Flora of Virginia Project and Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, with support from the Virginia Department of Forestry Urban and Community Forestry Grant Assistance Program.



Ag in the Classroom: Sprouting Success (PK-5th)

Tuesday, July 21, 9 am – 1 pm

Free; lunch is on your own. Space is limited
Pre-registration required. Click here for online registration.
4 Continuing Education Units

Join the staff from AITC for a highly interactive professional development workshop to help you sprout successful learners in your PK-5 classroom. The workshop features 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. Workshop participants will enjoy AITC’s hands-on minds-on activities and make-and-takes as they explore the farm and surrounding environment. Additionally, participants will leave with resource kits full of curriculum, books, posters and a class-set of laminated Virginia maps ready to plant the seeds of knowledge in their students.



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 kristint@lewisginter.org to discuss your professional development needs.