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Naturalist Certification Course

This ten-part series was designed in response to a growing interest in eco-sensitive gardening, or gardening in a manner that considers and conserves the natural landscape of a given growing space.

The Naturalist Certification Course will familiarize the novice and experienced gardener alike with an understanding of DC’s unique ecosystem - from its native insects and flora, to the city’s challenge with storm water management - via a medley of workshops, lectures and plant walks. Participants of this 20-hour course will learn best practices and city-specific growing strategies from leaders of the naturalist movement in gardening.

Typical Schedule (May change year to year):

  • Garden Plant Botany
  • Native/Invasive Lecture
  • Native/Invasive Plant Walk
  • Intro to Urban Beekeeping
  • Medicinal and Edible Plant Walk
  • Mushroom Hunting for Beginners
  • Foraging in DC
  • Natural Dyes
  • Stormwater Management Strategies

Visit our Registration Portal to sign up for DPR programs

To learn more please reach out DPR's Community Garden Specialists:
[email protected] - (202) 262-2138
[email protected] - (202) 673-7647

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DPR's Urban Garden Division partners with the DUG Network to do a semi-monthly (twice a month around the 1st and 15th) newsletter that highlights all DPR programs and registration openings along with other urban Ag, food security and environmental programs, workshops, job openings, grants, tips, etc, in greater DC. To view past newsletters or to sign up for future newsletters please visit this link or email [email protected]

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