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Certificates in Native Plant Studies

last modified August 28, 2014

Programs on identifying, cultivating, and conserving native plants



Whether you are interested in taking classes for fun, adding breadth and depth to your existing knowledge and skills, or advancing your career, New England Wild Flower Society’s certificate programs in Native Plant Studies offers everyone a unique opportunity to learn about plants in a supporting and challenging atmosphere emphasizing participatory learning. Our dedicated instructors provide a comprehensive education in the identification, cultivation, ecology, and conservation of native New England plants.


From amateur botanists and gardeners to green industry professionals and conservation managers, students enrolled in our certificate programs in Native Plant Studies gain a greater appreciation and understanding of native plant habitats, common and rare species, conservation issues, and uses of native plants in horticulture and design. In addition, students actively participate in ongoing public and private efforts to preserve and restore native New England flora.


We offer Basic and Advanced certificates in Field Botany and Native Plant Horticulture and Design. Each program requires the completion of specific core courses, elective classes, field studies, and community service. Advanced certificates also require the completion of a Native Plant Community Service Leadership Project. While there are no exams, there are opportunities for self-assessment. Participants proceed through the program at their own pace.


Field Botany

Society is unique in offering of a Field Botany Certificate that is unaffiliated with a university. Students pursuing certificates in Field Botany focus on native plants, plant communities, field identification techniques, and regional conservation issues. For a detailed description of the program and links to required classes please visit Field Botany.


Native Plant Horticulture and Design

The Native Plant Horticulture and Design certificate program encourages students to consider the value of native plants and to promote their use in horticulture and design projects. Students enrolled in this certificate program focus on ecological horticultural techniques and sustainable landscape design. For a detailed description of the program and links to required classes please visit Native Plant Horticulture and Design.


Enroll Now

To enroll in our certificate programs in Native Plant Studies please complete and return the certificate registration form by mail and include the one-time program registration fee of $30. (Make checks payable to New England Wild Flower Society.)


You may also register over the phone and pay by credit card (Visa and MasterCard accepted) by contacting the Public Programs Department at 508-877-7630 x3303 or emailing


New England Wild Flower Society members receive a 20 percent discount on programs. To become a Society member, call 508-877-7630 x3104 or visit membership.