Education & Research Support

Contributions directed toward education and research help us connect people with plants through hundreds of youth and adult-oriented programs.

Teacher Training and Student Field Trips

Our professional development program for local pre-K – elementary teachers strengthens the knowledge, teaching skills and confidence of participants through lessons aligned with Ohio Academic Content Standards in life science. Garden educators model best practices in hands-on learning that effectively teach plant science concepts. Teachers are able to take what they have learned from Garden educators and further engage their students in plant studies at the Garden during school field trips. For those who can’t attend workshops, the Garden loans teacher resource kits with curricula, pictures, books, activities and materials designed to deepen classroom learning.

School Transportation Fund

This fund provides the resources necessary to bus young students from low-income schools to the Garden. Each year, more than 1,000 students are able to visit the Garden because of this program, with the number of requests steadily increasing since its inception in 2005. Donated funds allow us to underwrite transportation costs for these students and bring their classroom studies to life.

Public Programs

Our calendar is filled with an array of public programs designed to engage adults and children of all interests, backgrounds and levels of knowledge. Art classes, culinary programs, t’ai-chi and yoga, informative lectures, photography, camps for children, workshops and our “ask the gardener” series are just a sample of our offerings. Donations provide direct support to these programs, allowing us to offer discounted fees.


The Garden’s staff is committed to the development and implementation of applied botanical research that will help preserve our plant collections, conserve natural resources and develop best practices in urban greening. Research projects include exploring vacant land stabilization methods that address environmental, economic, and human health concerns and studying the impact of adaptive liquid crystal window technology on productivity and growing seasons. The Garden’s work in sustainable landscape practices, demonstration gardens and urban land revitalization made us one of over 150 national and international sites selected in 2010 to participate in the Sustainable Sites Initiative™ pilot program.


Our special exhibits and permanent onsite interpretation enrich the visitor learning experience and communicate important information about plants and their impact on people and the environment. Interpretive communication highlights the Garden’s efforts in horticulture, conservation and education.

Green Corps

The Garden is helping to revitalize Cleveland neighborhoods by creating new urban green spaces through our Green Corps work-study program for Cleveland teens.

Through Green Corps, students from Cleveland’s economically disadvantaged neighborhoods develop important academic, vocational, social competence and life skills through place-based learning in urban agriculture and business.


Many corporations match charitable contributions given to non-profit organizations by their employees, board members, employees’ spouses and/or retirees. Check with your human resources office to see if your gift may qualify.


For more information about supporting our education and research programs, Please contact Deborah Miller at 216.707.2807 or for more information..

Cleveland Botanical Garden is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization. All gifts are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law. Federal Tax ID #34-0239538