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.
+-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 firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 778-939-3739 to register.
Sponsored by the Vancouver Master Gardeners.