Ecological Plant Knowledge 1 - Natives Online

Course Overview

Overview and Outline

This course provides an overview of plant and ecosystem relationships, through a brief review of ecosystem ecology, botany and plant physiology as it relates to choosing and planting a variety of native plants.

The plant identification component emphasizes native landscape plants including annuals, perennials, shrubs, deciduous and evergreen trees which are commonly used in the ornamental landscape for the temperate and colder northern hemisphere.

Here are some of the topics you will explore:

  • Interdependence within ecosystems
  • The meaning of "native"
  • Native ecosystems and plant communities
  • Formation of specialized ecosystems
  • Ecology, politics & economics of invasive plants
  • Creating wildlife habitat with native plants

Please read the course outline here: Ecological Plant Knowledge 1 - Natives Course Outline. Students can expect to dedicate 6-10 hours per week to successfully complete this course.

As well, our courses are offered in the continuing education realm and are designed so students can complete them according to their own schedule. The work is divided up into 14 weekly topics and students are expected to complete their assigned work and quizzes by the given deadlines.  

Our courses do not use online meetings, so we are not using Google Meet, Zoom or other online meeting applications. 

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