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Professional Development

Plant Science Literacy for Teachers

Are you a little unsure of how to incorporate STEM lessons in your classes? Do you need solid resources, hands-on lessons and advice from professional educators to give you a boost of confidence in teaching STEM lessons? Then look no further than the STEM professional development sessions at Huntsville Botanical Garden for K-6 teachers!

We will present ideas rooted in plant science for STEM lessons in a 5E Lesson Plan. All activities are linked to the Alabama Course of Study: Science standards and learning progressions. In addition to new enthusiasm and confidence for teaching STEM lessons, participants will leave with curriculum, a bin of STEM resources and a certificate for two CEU credit hours.

This program is valued at $100, but complete the scholarship application for 90% off! A member of the Huntsville Botanical Garden team will contact you with the promo code within 2-3 business days after receiving your application.

To register, find the appropriate grade level and click on the date of session you want to attend:

Grade Level Date Time
K – 3 June 14 9 – 11 AM
K – 3 June 15 1 – 3 PM
K – 3 July 10 1 – 3 PM
K – 3 July 11 9 – 11 AM
4 – 6 June 14 1 – 3 PM
4 – 6 June 15 9 – 11 AM
4 – 6 July 10 9 – 11 AM
4 – 6 July 11 1 – 3 PM

Where to go: STEM PD sessions are held in the Volunteer Classroom in the Linda J. Smith building. Download a Garden map here.

What to bring: Participants are encouraged to bring a laptop, notebook and pen. Don’t forget your cell phone for taking photos!

What to wear: Dress comfortably for the weather because we will walk through the Garden.

Who to contact: Please email Karen Colvin at if you have any questions. 

Funding for this program is provided by the State of Alabama Legislature with additional support from The Daniel Foundation of Alabama, BAE Systems, Toyota Motor Manufacturing of Alabama, and other philanthropic assistance.

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