The Holden Arboretum started a unique program in September 2003 called Growing Students in Science: A Community Partnership to Build Interest and Ability in the Sciences. Students participate in the program for three or more years, starting in the second or third grade and completing the program in the fifth grade. Each year students participate in two field trips at The Holden Arboretum and one classroom visit by Holden staff. By providing natural science programming, in the classroom and outdoors, Holden is positively impacting students’ interest and proficiency in the sciences. All programs are aligned with Ohio’s science content standards. Each year, teachers play an integral part in the Growing Students in Science (GSS) project, attending professional development workshops held throughout the year. The workshops provide them with tools to teach various aspects of the program to their students and provide additional activities to reach science standards. Teachers also play a key role in Holden’s assessment of the project.
The following districts have incorporated GSS into their curriculum. Currently, there are 215 classrooms and more than 5,000 students participating in this program.
- Archbishop Lyke
- Chagrin Falls Exempted Village Schools
- Fairport Harbor
- Garfield Heights
- Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin
- Painesville City
- Richmond Heights
- St. Clare
- St. Gabriels
- South Euclid/Lyndhurst
- Willo-Hill Christian
- Willoughby-Eastlake City Schools
How To Get Involved
Every year new districts are asked to consider participation in this multi-year program. All districts are welcome to participate. Most start at second- or third-grade level and progressively add a grade level as the students advance. However a school can start at any grade level. Costs associated with the program cover field trips, classroom visits, kits of materials and teacher professional development. Some funds are available to help subsidize interested districts who are in financial difficulty. See the current brochure.
Come Observe A Program
We invite those who are interested to schedule a meeting to learn more about the program or better yet come out and observe a class in action. Holden visits occur every day April through May and September through October. Classroom visits will be taking place from late January through March.
Contact Becky Thompson, Manager of Academic Programs