HOPS Teacher Institute

Honestly one of the most useful teacher training sessions I’ve ever participated in.
— 2019 HOPS Teacher

June 24 - 25, 2019

9:00 am -5:00 pm

We are very excited to once again offer our HOPS (Hands-On Plant Science) Teacher Institute. Fifteen teachers will be selected to attend our HOPS Institute. Teachers will immerse themselves in our Regional Garden and experience 16 modules over the course of two days. Teachers successfully completing the Institute will receive a HOPS box, which contains the equipment to carry out these hands-on experiments back in their classroom, and 14 professional learning units. Please note: This training occurs outdoors.

HOPS Teacher Institute Program Description: Day One will cover 8 modules. We will learn all about water: its importance to plants, plants importance to water, the importance of water to all life, and the current health of our local bodies of water. We will: use microscopes; test water for temperature, PH and dissolved oxygen; learn about watersheds; and build a watershed and water filter. The afternoon is all about how plants work and photosynthesis. Participants will: perform plant cuttings, see how oxygen leaves the plant, how plants take in our carbon dioxide; learn that sugar really does happen in the leaf using refractometers; create art using the power of the sun and make seed balls. Day Two explores nature as art in the morning. Participants will have a chance to settle into the quiet of the National Garden, watercolor, use compasses to make sundials, and microscopically explore the tiniest of plants. Participants will dissect flowers and learn how pollination works, while we keep our eyes out for the many pollinators in the Garden. The afternoon is when will tie everything together with an investigation, during which, we explore seed dispersal, pollen identification using microscopes, learn that nectar differs from flower to flower, different flowers have different pollinators, and that soil is not dirt.

HOW TO APPLY: Please submit an application no later than April 1st, 2019. 

For an application and more information click here. Questions and completed applications may be to Lee Coykendall at lcoykend@aoc.gov

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It was interactive, fun, informative, & inspiring! Thank you!
— 2019 HOPS Teacher

To learn more about how The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company supports HOPS, click here