Teacher Pro-D

Learn with us, and develop your gardening skills, ecology knowledge, and ability to teach your students in the great outdoors. We frequently add new Pro-D workshops throughout the year, as well as horticultural classes in our Adult Education program.  Teacher Pro-D is generously subsidized by the Vancouver Master Gardeners. Contact the  Community Outreach Coordinator for more information.

Browse our current offerings and register below to find the perfect fit for you or your teaching team.

  • +The Classroom Garden Series (K-7)

    September 18, October 9, November 6, March 4, April 22 & May 20 

    Led by Megan Zeni, this six part professional learning series is designed to build confidence and capacity in using your school garden as a classroom. The Garden Classroom Series weaves practical gardening skills with meaningful opportunities to engage students in scientific inquiry, mathematical thinking, creative storytelling – and more!

  • +Inspire Environmental Awareness in Your Students (K-7) 2020

    February 14, 2020

    With curriculum connections such as valuing diversity and relationships, understanding cycles, and appreciating our interconnection with nature, teachers explore fun ways to use the environment as an integrating context with activities in and out of the classroom. This workshop is taught by Lea Elliott. 

  • +Growing and Learning in School Gardens (K-7)

    November 8 

    This workshop, taught by Megan Zeni, is designed for teachers with existing gardens to explore ways to expand and deepen meaningful academic learning in the garden classroom. Bring your ideas and enthusiasm for a day of collaborative and engaging learning!

  • +Working Towards a Practice of Reciprocity: Building Relationship to Place (K-12)

    November 8 

    Explore interdisciplinary methods of integrating Indigenous principles of learning into the classroom. Learn to model a practice of reciprocity, while gaining practical ideas and guiding principles, for teaching and learning in nature. Led by Indigenous herbalist and educator Lori Snyder and natural artist and elementary teacher Dana Mulder, this workshop includes art, science, and storytelling.

  • +Drawing Nature for K-7 Teachers 2020

    May 15, 2020

    Using nature and a beautiful garden, teachers will develop drawing and observational skills, to apply them to their science or art instruction. Learn fun exercises that teach the essentials on how to draw accurate representations of plants; exploring line, shape, proportion, scale and volume, using straightforward and quick sketching techniques. Participants will identify how focused, nature-based discovery addresses new BC curricular and core competencies for K-7, and have time to discuss their individual school/classroom needs with VanDusen education staff. As weather allows, the class will use the living ecosystem of VanDusen as much as possible.

  • +Free courses for K-12 teachers

    If you are a K – Grade 12 teacher, you may be eligible for free Botany, Ecology or Gardening classes to aid in your classroom teaching or development of a school garden. Have a look at our course offerings under Adult Education – Botany & Ecology or Gardening & Design, then please complete this Request Form, and send to hmoran@vandusen.org, or call 778-939-3739 to register.

    Sponsored by the Vancouver Master Gardeners.