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Professional Development Course Catalog

Covering myriad topics from botany and ecology to sustainability, QBG's Professional Development courses equip teachers with skills and lessons to enliven their classrooms and engage their students.

Courses cover a variety of science practices and follow a "Science Immersion Model for Professional Learning."  Teachers engage in hands-on activities that align with current science standards, the NGSS, and Common Core Literacy and Math.

Depending on topic, workshops run 1/2 to over 5 days in length.

All courses can be customized to meet your group's needs.

For more information on Professional Development at Queens Botanical Garden, contact TeacherEducation@queensbotanical.org or (718) 886 3800 ext 371.


Course Catalog

Using Plants to Teach
Teachers Grades K-8
July 11-16, 2016

Monday through Saturday, 9am – 4pm
36 Hours – 3 “P” credits
Fee: $200 (includes materials, handouts, plants and more)
3 P credits available for additional $125 fee

Explore plants, plant diversity and ecology via inquiry-based & project based science teaching to: 1) increase your science knowledge and 2) reflect upon the pedagogical models used within the course to better your own teaching practice.  Use an immersion method for learning to learn about botany and ecology and then stop and examine the ways in which your learning took place.


Please contact Marnie Rackmill for more information - MRackmill@queensbotanical.org.

Customized Workshops Available for Groups of Educators

Work with our professional development staff to customize a program best suited to the needs of your staff. Choose from one of the topics below or suggest your own.

Half day or Day Long Workshops

  • Easy and Exciting Classroom Gardening
  • Trees
  • Observations with Plants – How do Scientists Think?
  • Exploring Botany and Ecology
  • The Waste Stream
  • Using the Garden as a Basis for Math and ELA (day long or multiple session)

Multiple Session Workshops

  • Ecology in the Urban Environment – from microbes to macrobes
  • Sustainability in the Community
  • Urban School Gardening

Contact Marnie Rackmill for more information.

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