First Hand Learning offers a variety of professional development experiences appropriate for both formal and informal educators. To discuss how experienced FHL staff can collaborate with you to design workshops to address your particular needs and interests, or to find out how to participate in regularly-scheduled professional development opportunities, please contact us at


The natural world is a rich educational resource, one that is essentially free-of-charge, ever changing, and self-refurbishing. It is available to any teacher who chooses to walk out of the classroom door into the schoolyard beyond. Outdoor Inquiries® introduces teachers to the endless possibilities for learning that exist outside and provides them with practical strategies and helpful tools to support student inquiry and exploration. Learn more


One-day professional development workshops introduce teachers to the content and inquiry strategies of each Object Lessons® kit. Seminars are offered throughout the year at various sites, including nature centers, museums, and zoos. For more details about this supplemental curriculum, see Object Lessons® Kits