Programming for Educators

The Huntington offers transformative educator experiences, connecting you with experts and peers. With best practices in mind, such as object-based learning and scientific inquiry, we give you the content knowledge and confidence to teach with primary sources from The Huntington’s collections.

Educator Open House
At this in-person, half-day themed conference, learn about an exhibition or garden, discuss creative ways to connect that content to your classroom, and meet other educators over lunch. Then explore The Huntington on your own.

A private garden courtyard at a traditional Japanese home.

Educator Open House: Japanese Heritage Shōya House

Sun., Dec. 10, 2023 | 10 a.m.–1 p.m.

Learn how to connect the 300-year-old Japanese Heritage Shōya House to the content in your K-12 classroom by stepping back in time 300 years to 18th century Japan to explore the Japanese Heritage Shōya House in this half-day Educator Open House.

K-12 educators will hear from Robert Hori, the Botanic Cultural Curator and Programs Director at The Huntington, about living sustainability with nature while gaining insights into the historical-time period and from architect and photographer John Diefenbach about the architectural features of the house. Educators will have time to ask questions, discover ways to incorporate the content into their classrooms and connect with peers over lunch. Afterwards, educators will have the opportunity to visit the Japanese Heritage Shōya House on their own.

Additional Programs:

Evening for Educators
Connect with other educators in person while exploring an exhibition after-hours. Learn how to incorporate such engagement strategies as See-Think-Do to encourage close looking, participate in a related art-making activity, and enjoy dinner. Separate workshops are available for educators of grades K–5 and 6–12.

Saturday Workshops
These hands-on workshops explore such themes as school gardening, California history, and mindfulness. Take home a classroom kit of materials tied to the workshop theme and learn to use them creatively with your students.

Virtual Curator Talk
In these one-hour Zoom programs, learn virtually from a Huntington curator on how to integrate primary sources from The Huntington’s collections into your classroom. Each talk highlights a specific collection tied to such school subjects as literature, science, or history. Ask the curator questions and interact with other educators in the chat.

Virtual Office Hours
Join our Virtual Office Hours to get support from Education staff on how to find The Huntington’s primary sources and use them in your classroom. Virtual Office Hours will highlight curricula from our Learning Resources. Find materials that explore the intersections between art and nature, discover fun activities that encourage hands-on creativity, and more.