Teacher Programs Policies

Registration
To ensure a quality learning experience, workshop sizes are limited and all participants must preregister. Please register early to ensure that space is available in your preferred workshop. Full course payment is due at the time of registration and optional graduate credit fees must be paid by the first day of the workshop. Custom workshop registration must be complete and payment must be received at least two weeks prior to the date of the workshop.

All communications will be sent via e-mail. Please provide a valid e-mail address and add confirmation@chicagobotanic.org to your safe senders list in order to guarantee receipt.

Credit
We will fill out appropriate paperwork for CPDU, CPS Lane, and Aurora or National-Louis University credit on the first day of the workshop or institute. If you plan to earn graduate credit through Aurora University, please be prepared to pay an additional fee of $100 per credit payable to Aurora University (only checks accepted). If you plan to earn graduate credit through National-Louis University, please be prepared to pay an additional fee of $140 per credit payable to National-Louis University (check or credit card accepted). Graduate fees are subject to change. To receive professional development credit, you must attend each scheduled class session and complete all assigned work.

Food
We will provide coffee and a light breakfast in the morning.

Dress
Please dress for the weather and wear comfortable clothes and shoes for hands-on learning. We recommend that you dress in layers to adapt to different temperatures in the classrooms as well as outdoors.

Directions
Directions to the Chicago Botanic Garden can be found here. To receive free parking, please present your e-mailed receipt upon arrival at the Gatehouse. The Gatehouse attendant will direct you to the appropriate parking lot and building. Directions to our partnering organizations can be found on their respective websites.

Cancellation Policy
Courses canceled by the Garden due to hazardous weather conditions or low enrollment will be automatically refunded in full. Participants will be notified by phone in case of a cancellation. Programs with insufficient registration will be canceled five to ten business days before the scheduled start date.

Refund Policy
If you must cancel your registration or custom workshop, please notify Teacher Programs as soon as possible by phone at (847) 835-8253. If you cancel at least two weeks prior to the first day of the workshop, a full refund minus a $25 administration handling fee will be issued, or you may transfer your registration to another workshop at no additional cost. If you cancel less than two weeks prior to the workshop, we are unable to give refunds or transfer your registration.

Photographs
By registering for Educator Professional Development classes, registrants consent to be photographed and to the use of such photographs in future Chicago Botanic Garden publications and promotional materials. If you do not consent to being photographed and to such use of the photographs, please notify the instructor before your class begins.