Cleveland Botanical Garden offers an extensive lineup of educational opportunities for all ages, from pre-school students to adults. All programs are hands-on and discovery oriented. We work with groups using all the senses, as well as multiple intelligence techniques.

We teach plant science classes for children, professional development for teachers, gardening workshops for kids in home daycare and programs about plant life and nature for scouts.

All of the Garden’s educational programs inform and teach people about the need to protect, improve and care for the environment, whether from a backyard garden, vacant urban lot or beyond to the world’s fragile ecosystems.

The Garden also hires up to 80 Cleveland students each summer to learn and earn as part of its Green Corps urban agriculture program. Teens manage these learning farms in order to learn about business, horticulture, agriculture and life skills.

The Garden’s applied research program studies important environmental issues and addresses them locally. Current research focuses on the problem of vacant lots in Cleveland and other major metropolitan cities and how they can be turned into green infrastructure to benefit the environment and strengthen neighborhood vitality.

Programs planned with Ohio Academic Content Standards in science, literacy and math skills.

To see and enroll in classes offered at The Holden Arboretum, please visit or call 440.602.3833.


If it is necessary for Holden Forests & Gardens to cancel a program due to insufficient registration you will receive a full refund. Every attempt will be made to notify you regarding the status of your program. Should you choose to cancel your registration, you must notify the registrar at least five business days prior to the start of the program. You will receive a refund minus a $10 handling fee. We are unable to process a refund under $5. You may also use your registration fee as a credit to be used towards another class of your choice. The credit is valid for a period of one year from the date of issue. Holden Forests & Gardens cannot refund fees requested on or after the start date of a program or for sessions missed due to illness or other personal situations.


Holden Forests and Gardens may take pictures during programs and events for use in future promotions, publications and advertising. By registering for a program, you are indicating consent to have your picture taken and shared unless you indicate otherwise.