Certificate in Native Plants

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DESCRIPTION
The Certificate in Native Plants program is designed to expand students’ knowledge of botany, ecology, conservation, and uses of native flora in the southeastern United States. Students will get both classroom education and hands-on application to increase knowledge and skills that can be applied at home, in the community, and at work. The course setting will provide a common ground for native plant enthusiasts to meet and connect with others who share their interests. The program is designed to benefit both home gardeners and landscaping professionals alike.

 

PROGRAM PARTNERS

This program represents a partnership between three native plant education and conservation non-profit organizations: Wild Ones Tennessee Valley Chapter, Tennessee Native Plant Society, and Reflection Riding Arboretum and Nature Center. Members of these organizations will receive discounts on class fees, but participation in the CNP is not limited to these organizations’ members.

 

PROGRAM GOALS

  • Foster greater understanding and appreciation of the importance of native plant communities;
  • Appeal to beginners, as well as landscape professionals;
  • Improve plant identification skills, including recognition of exotic pest plants;
  • Provide an opportunity to meet and connect with other conservation-minded individuals

 

PROGRAM STRUCTURE

The CNP offers a blend of classroom instruction, hands-on learning and guided hikes. Educational objectives include:

  • Involve the students by recommending preparation work and list of supplies needed before class, interaction during class, and recommended assignment after the course.
  • The bigger function of native plants including ecological connections is included in each course.
  • Each course will include an active hands-on component involving the senses to get the “wow” factor combined with classroom instruction.
  • Each course will give practical application of the knowledge taught.
  • Teach the Why (purpose).

 

REQUIREMENTS FOR COMPLETION

  • Four core courses (24 credits)
  • Eight electives (32 credits)
  • 40 hours of volunteering (see CNP Volunteering)

All requirements must be completed within 3 years of beginning the program.

 

CURRICULUM

Core Courses (6 credits each):

  • Form & Function in the Plant World Part I
  • Form & Function in the Plant World Part II
  • Plant Communities
  • Soils and Water

Elective Courses (4 credits each)

  • Native Plant Propagation: Seeds
  • Native Plant Propagation: Cuttings & Divisions
  • Ferns and Mosses
  • Rain Gardens
  • Native Edible and Medicinal Plants
  • Gardens for Birds and Butterflies
  • Landscape Design
  • Winter Tree Identification
  • History of Tennessee Native Plants
  • Mushrooms
  • Nature Sketching and Journaling
  • Spring Ephemerals
  • Landscape Design
  • Invasive Identification and Control
  • Native Shrubs & Vines
  • Bird & Butterfly Gardens
  • Summer Wildflowers
  • Native Trees
  • Pollinators
  • Fall Wildflowers

 

COST

Core Courses

  • $55 Members (TVWO, Reflection Riding Arboretum & Nature Center, TNPS)
  • $65 Non-Members

Electives

  • $35 Members
  • $45 Non-Members

Some classes may have additional supply fees.

REGISTRATION POLICY

Class size for all Certificate in Native Plants classes is limited.  To give everyone the best opportunity to participate, there is a non-refundable cancellation fee of $10, with the balance refunded if you cancel at least 7 calendar days before the class will be held.  If the class is cancelled by the instructor or the CNP program, registrants will get a full refund.  

If you do not pay online, you will need to mail your check to TVWO, 4918 Marlow Drive, Red Bank, TN 37415.  Please put the date of the program in the memo line, as well as the last name of the person you are registering.  You will not be registered until your payment is received.

 

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CONTACT US

For questions, please contact us at tnvalleycnp@gmail.com