Teacher Learning

Teacher Professional Learning

Looking to grow as an educator? Queens Botanical Garden is committed to supporting you! We offer a variety of professional learning options ranging from introductions to inquiry to school gardening.

Our programs are aligned with the New York State Learning Standards. Programs are aimed at helping equip teachers with the skills and content to enliven their classrooms and engage their students in science learning. QBG’s Teacher Professional Learning Program is an approved CTLE sponsor.

For more information, please contact [email protected] or 718.886.3800 ext. 371.

Exploring Foods Around Us: Chancellor’s Day 2022

Thursday, June 9, 2022
Fee: $40

For teachers of students in grades K-8.

Thinking about food? Where does it come from and what do you eat? Think about your cultural capital around plants and food sources as we explore QBG and its environs. Utilize various foods to learn science concepts, build community, and more.

All participants will be given time to reflect upon pedagogy and make plans for their classrooms. This event is limited to 20 teachers and will take place rain or shine.

Participants receive 6 hours of CTLE credit.


Supporting Students in Science Learning

Summer Teacher Professional Learning Course
3P credits & 45 CTLE hours

July 5, 6, 7, 12, 13, & 14, 2022, 9am to 5pm
Fee: $250

Explore phenomenon-based learning via virtual experiences with Queens Botanical Garden! The focus of this course is providing successful science experiences for students of varying backgrounds. As we examine the ins and outs of soils and how things sprout, we’ll explore our own and our students’ identities. You’ll leave this course having learned additional science content as well as methods for engaging and supporting students from traditionally marginalized populations. By the end of the class you will have backwards planned a unit of either phenomenon-based or problem based instruction that you can use in your classroom.

Registration Opens May 31. If you are registering for P or A+ credits, please visit the ASPDP website by clicking here to register and pay the $125 ASPDP fee, before registering with QBG.


Workshops for Groups of Teachers

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To request a workshop for eight or more teachers,  please  CLICK HERE.

If you are an individual teacher looking for a workshop, please email [email protected].

Our educators provide custom programs for your educators’ needs. Sample topics include:

Half-Day or Full-Day Workshops

• Easy and Exciting Classroom Gardening
• Trees
• Observations with Plants—How Do Scientists Think?
• Exploring Botany and Ecology
• The Waste Stream
• Using the Garden to Teach Math and ELA (day or multiple sessions)

Multiple Session Workshops
• Ecology in the Urban Environment—from microbes to macrobes
• Sustainability in the Community
• Urban School Gardening

Photo Credit: Anne Tan-Detchkov, QBG Staff