Summer PD

Dear Teachers,

Happy June!  Hope you’ve had a productive year.  If you still need P-credits, please consider these two courses offered by The Horticultural Society of New York in July. Here are their descriptions:

Exploring Nature’s Outdoor Classrooms:  A Field Study
Participants will visit parks and natural areas to explore concepts like native plants, forest and street trees, migratory bird patterns and river ecology within our built environment.  These concepts will be synthesized with a) field references b) site history c) literary references and d) culture of the site.   Teachers will develop rich, customized learning activities, assessment tools and a field guide for their future use.  Field visits will include hiking & birding in Central Park, canoeing & fishing on the Hudson River, exploring gardens built by The Horticultural Society of New York and identifying plants at the Highline.  By the end of this course, participants will have a comprehensive introduction to urban ecology and natural history of New York City.   In the past, teachers have called it “summer camp for grown-ups”.  There will be some walking, it might be hot outside, but it we learn a lot and have fun.  Register and read more here: <>

Beyond the Lima Bean:  An Interdisciplinary Approach to Plant Science
This hands-on course will delve into plant parts with an innovative, interdisciplinary and sensory focus. Each day, plant anatomy and function will be observed as we delve into stem transportation, flower dissection (a component of city-wide 4th grade science test), seed dispersal and leaf construction.  The six main parts of a plant will then be happily united with visual, culinary, theatrical and musical arts as participants sketch hairy roots, create playful “photosynthesis songs”, design floral arrangements and learn how chocolate is made from cacao seeds.  To maximize participant and ultimately student learning, we will connect basic botany with mathematics, art and literacy aspects of the elementary school curriculum. Each session will teach strategies for delivering differentiated instruction to address some of the many types of learners, especially artist, tactile and kinesthetic learners. This year, the course will be offered at RIVERBANK STATE PARK on West 145th St.  Free parking is available.  Register and read more here:

For more information, please feel free to contact Pam Ito, course instructor.

Pamela Ito | Director of Education
The Horticultural Society of New York
148 West 37th Street, 13th Floor
New York, NY 10018
212-757-0915 x106


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