Therapeutic Horticulture Training for Educators

Empowering Through Partnership

Are you looking to enrich your school’s curriculum with a transformative approach to nature education?

Root in Nature is dedicated to helping educators integrate the incredible potential of therapeutic horticulture into your school. Our comprehensive training equips educators with the skills to safely facilitate horticultural activities, empowering them to enhance nature-focused learning experiences for their students.

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Why Therapeutic Horticulture Education?

Therapeutic horticulture goes beyond traditional gardening. It’s a holistic approach that integrates the healing power of nature with educational practices, benefiting both students and educators alike.

By incorporating therapeutic horticulture into your school’s curriculum, you’ll not only enhance academic learning but also nurture emotional well-being and cultivate a deeper connection to the natural world.

How We Equip Your Educators

Integrate therapeutic horticulture into the curriculum across various subjects, fostering interdisciplinary connections and experiential learning
Adapt and tailor therapeutic horticulture strategies to meet the diverse needs of students
Understand therapeutic horticulture principles, benefits, concepts, techniques and strategies within the context of educational settings
Select appropriate plants and materials for therapeutic horticulture activities, considering sensory stimulation and safety

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 Educators: 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 of Therapeutic Horticulture Education for Schools

Academic Enhancement

Therapeutic horticulture improves cognitive skills and critical thinking, leading to enhanced academic performance across subjects.

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.

Innovative Teaching Methods

Integrating therapeutic horticulture into the curriculum introduces educators 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 education, keeping pace with or even setting new trends in educational practices.

Community Engagement

Garden initiatives strengthen community ties and support for the school, enhancing its reputation and relevance within the community.

Sustainability and Responsibility

Teaching sustainability through horticulture instills values of responsibility and environmental stewardship, preparing students for the future.

Social and Emotional Development

Collaborative gardening projects promote teamwork, communication, and empathy, contributing to students’ social and emotional growth.

Inclusivity and Customization

Therapeutic horticulture education can be tailored to meet the diverse needs of students, ensuring inclusivity and accessibility for all learners.

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

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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.