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Professional Development


The education instructors at Huntsville Botanical Garden endeavor to provide interesting and interactive programs for teachers that will help educators bring the world of nature to students in fun and exciting ways.

HBG’s Professional Development Program for Teachers provides educators the tools and training they need to enrich their students’ understanding of ecology, plant science, chemistry, zoology and conservation. Our programs align with Next Generation Science Standards, Common Core Learning Standards and STEM (Science, Engineering, Technology and Math). Whether you want to build a school garden or find more engaging ways to introduce inquiry and observation skills into the classroom, the Garden’s experts are ready to train you!


Educator Day in the Garden

September 3, 2017
11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Anderson Education Center
Free Admission for you and 1 guest!

The education instructors at Huntsville Botanical Garden endeavor to provide interesting and interactive programs for teachers that will help bring the worlds of science and nature to students in fun and exciting ways. Whether you want to build a school garden or find more engaging ways to introduce inquiry and observation skills into the classroom, the Garden’s experts are ready to train you!

Enjoy the Scarecrow Trail and George Sherwood’s kinetic and environmental sculptures exhibit:

Wind, Waves, and Light: Kinetic Sculptures

September 1, 2017 – November 30, 2017
American sculptor George Sherwood explores systems of space, time, and the dynamic relationships of objects in motion.
Look for new STEM field trip options for
Pre K– High School on our website

Present a school ID, verification of educator status or home school declaration of intent for FREE admission to the Garden!

Contact the Education Department if you have questions spline@hsvbg.org or call  256-830-4447 Ext 252


Urban Forestry Certification Program

November 15, 2017
9:00 am – 3:30 pm
No-cost for ALSDE Ag Teachers
$50 for current AUFA Members and $75 for Non-Members
Registration through instructor, Fred Kapp fkapp@bellsouth.net or call 205-862-2588

This is a great three-day, intensive class, taught by industry experts, that requires lots of effort and study time! Includes an industry certificate awarded after passing exam. The UFCP is an excellent first step toward other industry certifications including the ISA Certified Arborist and the Alabama Tree Surgery License. Thanks to grant and foundation funding and industry support, the program is no-cost for ALSDE Ag Teachers, $50 for current AUFA members and $75 for non-members. CEUs for ISA, TCIA and RF are also awarded.

Tuition includes study guides, reference books, refreshments, certification exam and industry certificate upon passing the exam.
GIWP Tree

The Green Industry Web Portal (GIW Portal) is a free service for the Green Industry to help train employees, potential employees, and students wanting to gain certifications and licenses or the knowledge needed to improve their lives and careers.

Established in 1989, the Alabama Urban Forestry Association (AUFA) is a committed leader in arboriculture and urban forestry. AUFA promotes proper selection, planting and tree care, tree protection and other tree issues in the urban setting.Urban Forestry Logo

Contact the Education Department if you have questions spline@hsvbg.org or call  256-830-4447 Ext 252

Sponsors include: Alabama Urban Forestry Association, Green Industry Web Portal and the Huntsville Botanical Garden


Contact Soozi Pline at 256-424-3370 or spline@hsvbg.org


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