Therapeutic Horticulture Training for Students

Empowering Through Partnership

Equip your students with an innovative suite of therapeutic horticulture skills

Root in Nature collaborates closely with universities and colleges to elevate their therapeutic recreation programs. We offer students foundational training in therapeutic horticulture, leveraging industry-leading practices to equip them for success in their careers.


How it Works

The Intro to Therapeutic Horticulture course is accessible via our Learning Management System (LMS) and culminates in the awarding of a Therapeutic Horticulture Ally Certificate and digital badge.

This micro-credential empowers students with the confidence to lead therapeutic horticulture activities professionally. Upon successful completion, Root in Nature directly issues the certificate to students.

This four-hour, self-paced, virtual course is ideal for semester integration, offering the versatility to be assigned as independent coursework. 

How We Equip Your Students

Provide training in therapeutic horticulture through our virtual, self-paced course
Teach students how to connect people with plants and nature indoors or outdoors
Provide a Therapeutic Horticulture Ally certificate and digital badge to add to their resume
If desired, provide ongoing resources, activities & support

Program Details

Training Through the Intro to Therapeutic Horticulture Course

This virtual, self-paced course teaches how to facilitate, adapt and evaluate therapeutic horticulture sessions while providing foundational horticulture and safety training. Students will finish this course with the skills to facilitate activities with individual clients and small groups.

Course Details

  • CE Credits with NCTRC for 8 hours
  • Completed in 4 -8 hours
  • Primarily video content
  • 5 Modules & Quizzes
  • 63 Topics
  • Course Manual
  • Therapeutic Horticulture Ally Certificate
  • Digital Badge

Optional Continuation for Students: The GrowTH Network

GrowTH – Grow Therapeutic Horticulture is professional growth and resource platform for therapeutic horticulture practitioners and course graduates. This is an international and interdisciplinary space for those practicing therapeutic horticulture.

Resources & Support

  • 12 Session Plans
  • Sortable Activity Database
  • Free live monthly support calls
  • Free ongoing professional development events
  • A Resource Library, including:
    • Intake & Evaluation Forms
    • Visual cues
    • Site Safety Assessments
    • Therapeutic Garden Elements Assessment

Feedback from Course Students

Benefits for Educational Institutions

Enhanced Curriculum Appeal

Incorporating industry-leading therapeutic horticulture training into the curriculum can attract prospective students interested in cutting-edge therapeutic practices, distinguishing the program from competitors.

Increased Enrollment

Offering specialized training like therapeutic horticulture can draw more students to the program, interested in acquiring unique and employable skills.

Improved Employment Outcomes for Graduates

Equipping students with a specialized skill set in therapeutic horticulture prepares them for a broader range of employment opportunities post-graduation, enhancing the program’s reputation for successful job placements.

Partnership and Networking Opportunities

Collaborating with Root in Nature for therapeutic horticulture training opens up avenues for networking with professionals and organizations in the field, potentially leading to guest lectures, internships, and job placements for students.

Innovative Teaching Methods

Integrating therapeutic horticulture into the curriculum introduces students to innovative and practical teaching methods, providing hands-on learning experiences that are likely to enhance student engagement and retention of material.

Leadership in Educational Trends

Adopting therapeutic horticulture training positions the institution as a leader in recreational therapy education, keeping pace with or even setting new trends in therapeutic practices.

Positive Impact on Student Wellness

Offering therapeutic horticulture as part of the curriculum not only educates students but can also positively affect their mental and emotional well-being, promoting a healthier learning environment.

Community Engagement Opportunities

Therapeutic horticulture projects can serve as a bridge to the wider community, offering students real-world experience while also contributing positively to local communities through service learning projects.

Research and Development

Incorporating therapeutic horticulture opens new avenues for research in recreational therapy, allowing faculty and students to explore and contribute to the growing body of knowledge in this field.

Strengthened Alumni Network

Graduates with unique skills in therapeutic horticulture may achieve notable success in their careers, strengthening the institution’s alumni network and contributing to its prestige.

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Best Ottawa Business (BOBS) Award Winner

Root in Nature was recognized for Best Performance in Social Entrepreneurship by the Ottawa Board of Trade and the Ottawa Business Journal.

Coralus Venture

Root in Nature is grateful to be selected as one of the Ventures working on the World’s To-Do List by Coralus Activators. We receive interest-free funding, connections and relationships to grow our impact.