Teacher Pro-D

Learn with us, and develop your gardening skills, ecology knowledge, and ability to teach your students in the great outdoors. Teacher Pro-D is generously subsidized by the Vancouver Master Gardeners.

Find the perfect fit for you and your teaching team.

  • +Schoolyard Birds

    Monday, April 26, 2021 from 10:00am to 12:00pm

    Join the VBGA’s upcoming online Teacher Pro-D Session where the Vancouver Avian Research Centre (VARC) will help empower teachers to incorporate bird themes into the curriculum! We will explore common backyard birds, their amazing adaptations and how birds are working for us and the local environment.

    This virtual Pro-D session includes a lecture, Q & A, activity ideas and demonstrations, and a teacher resource package.

    Register now!

  • +The Classroom Garden Series (K-7)

    This ten-part series will support K-7 teachers eager to consider the possibilities of teaching across the curriculum in their Westcoast school garden.

    Sessions will be held online, with a possibility for hybrid learning at VanDusen Botanical Garden, depending on COVID-19 restrictions. Participants are not required to attend any sessions in-person to participate in the series. Any sessions held on-site will also be live streamed for participants who prefer to remain at home.

    Each month we will look at timely tasks that help keep our gardens growing, as well as specific curricular connections and practical management tips for teaching outdoors. Seasonal resources will be shared, and participants are encouraged to share their own success stories and challenges to broaden our collective expertise.

    Sign up for the entire series to become a part of our professional learning community, or drop-in for one or two sessions to achieve your learning objectives.

    Each session is 90 minutes long and will cover the following topics.

    September 23, 2020

    School garden basics including set up & start up, weeds, & timely tasks. Register now!

    October 7,

    Winter prep for school gardens, soil science, & timely tasks. Register now!

    November 4,

    Rain & mud play in school gardens, Remembrance Day, & timely tasks. Register now!

    December 2,

    Environmentally friendly crafts and gifts from the school garden. Register now!

    January 13,

    Winter play & risky play in the school garden. Register now!

    February 10,

    Container, window sill, & kitchen gardens in the classroom, & timely tasks. Register now!

    March 3,

    Starting seeds, school garden basics & spring to-do lists. Register now!

    April 14,

    Seedlings & transplants, perennials & annuals for school gardens, & timely tasks. Register now!

    May 12,

    Beneficial & pesky insects in the school garden, pollinator gardens, & timely tasks. Register now!

    June 9,

    Summer prep for school gardens, water-wise, indigenous plantings & timely task. Register now!

    Contact the Community Programs Manager hmoran@vandusen.org for more information.

  • +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.