Teacher in Residence

Holden Forests & Gardens’ Teacher in Residence Program offers full-time teachers a unique opportunity for personal enrichment and professional growth.

The Teacher in Residence Program for 2020 has been postponed.

Please check back in the spring of 2021 for how to apply.

This summer program enables teachers to expand their knowledge and teaching skills through the pursuit of creative teaching ideas and innovative techniques while working in a supportive atmosphere away from the demands of the traditional classroom.

The Teacher in Residence will spend the equivalent of 10 days during the summer redeveloping an in-depth outdoor experience for Holden Forests & Gardens. The programs need to meet the mission of HF&G and align with the state science standards. Lesson activities and background information will be produced, utilizing the expertise of HF&G staff, our libraries, and the outstanding horticultural and natural resources of Holden Forests & Gardens.

The resulting program and the skills gained in program development can be applied back at school, shared with fellow teachers, and employed to strengthen the curriculum. A stipend of $1,600 ($20 an hour for 80 hours) will be awarded for this work. Teachers will also have the opportunity to bring their classroom for a visit during the school year free of charge. There is the possibility of one graduate credit hour of independent study if your school district approves. HF&G will cover the cost of the credit hour.


Candidates for the Teacher in Residence must:

Currently be or have been a full-time teacher in any grade K-12 who has demonstrated an interest in hands-on science and a willingness to develop and share innovative approaches and techniques for teaching about plants.

Be able and willing to spend the equivalent of 10 days at Holden Forests & Gardens during June and July to develop the proposed programs.

To Apply

Submit a completed application including your resume and a sample of a curriculum you have developed to Sharon Graper, Director of Academics, Holden Forests & Gardens, 9500 Sperry Road, Kirtland, Ohio 44094 or by email at sgraper@holdenfg.org.

Questions? Contact Sharon Graper at 440.602.3843.

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