Special Hours

The U.S. Botanic Garden Conservatory will close at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, December 6, due to an official government function. The Conservatory will return to normal hours December 7.

Teacher Training at the U.S. Botanic Garden

The U.S. Botanic Garden offers special workshops throughout the year for teachers on how to use the Garden as an extension of the classroom and engage students in plant-based learning.

Please see our Calendar of Events for upcoming programs, such as:

How Plants Work: A Workshop for Teachers

This workshop is usually geared toward either elementary or middle school teachers looking for new ideas on how to teach students about plants, the environment and how plants work. The How Plants Work curriculum is used as a guide for this workshop to explore photosynthesis, plant parts and adaptation.

HOPS (Hands On Plant Science) Institute

Each summer, 15 teachers are selected to partipicate in a 2-day immersive Hands On Plant Science (HOPS) workshop. Contact USBG Children's Education Specialist Lee Coykendall for more information.

D.C. Teachers Night

The U.S. Botanic Garden and the DC Environmental Education Consortium host an event for DC educators that can help get students learning outside and bring the environment into the classroom. Learn about student field experiences, professional development opportunities and leave with new hands-on activities and take-away lesson plans.

Contact USBG Children's Education Specialist Lee Coykendall for more information on teacher training.