Outdoor Classroom Educator Workshop

Saturday, March 2 | 9AM-12:30PM


2023 Testimonial

This workshop has inspired me to take all of these great ideas and concepts into the classrooms for this upcoming school year!

Join Norfolk Botanical Garden a FREE morning of refreshments, networking, and break-out sessions that invite educators to explore ways in which to create an outdoor classroom space using their school campus, backyard, neighborhood park, or any available outdoor area! The workshop schedule will be announced closer to the program date. The schedule below provides some information on break-out session and tram tour times. Participants will earn five (5) professional development points to go towards their licensure renewal by attending any combination of break-out sessions and tours of the Garden. 

Registration is limited to the first 150 educators. Registration includes Garden admission, light refreshments, and entry into a raffle prize for several prizes. 

  • Check-In: 8:45-9:15AM. The full workshop is 9AM-1PM. 
  • Break-Out Sessions: 9:15-10:05AM, 10:15-11:05AM, 11:15AM-12:05PM.
    • Session Topics Include: Outdoor Games, School Garden Do’s and Don’ts, Freshwater Biodiversity, and more! Sessions are recommended for K-8 educators.
  • Narrated Tram Tour: 12:30PM (Optional)
  • Self-Guided Tours: Tropical Display House, Japanese Garden, Rose Garden, Daffodils (Garden-wide)
  • Raffle Prize Drawings: 12:15PM.

Registration Information

  • Each participating educator is permitted to register one (1) ticket for their own participation. To ensure we have the correct name and contact information for each participant, each attending teaching is required to register their own ticket. If you are having difficulty registering, you can email youthed@nbgs.org or call (757) 441-5830 ext.463. 
  • Participating educators are asked to complete at least five (5) break-out sessions and/or tours of the Garden during the October 2023 workshop to receive their five (5) professional development points. Educators are advised to dressed to be outside for portions of the workshop.
  • Participating educators are asked to complete at least three (3) sessions and/or tours of the Garden to receive their five (5) professional development points.
  • Educators are highly advised to wear comfortable walking shoes and to dressed to be outside for portions of the workshop.
  • Admission to the event is only extended to the teachers registered for the workshop. Additional guests are not permitted.
  • The workshop is recommended for K-8 professional educators, homeschool educators, and college students pursuing licensure.
  • Upon completion of the workshop, participants are required to complete a digital survey to provide feedback on the professional development opportunity. Certificates confirming the professional development points will be sent out once the surveys are completed.

NEW THIS YEAR: Attending educators for both workshops will receive 20% off an NBG outreach and/or a full price guided field trip for all 2023-2024 programs!

Send all questions relating to the workshop to youthed@nbgs.org.

Thank you to the Jack & Anne Glenn Charitable Foundation for sponsoring the 2023-2024 Outdoor Classroom Educator Workshops.