The Blue Ridge Naturalist Certificate Program

The Blue Ridge Naturalist Certificate Program offers classes, field studies and workshops designed to provide residents of Western North Carolina with an opportunity to learn more about the natural world and cultural heritage of our mountains. Through the Arboretum's Adult Education curriculum, programs in a variety of topics are available throughout the year.

Interested in a more comprehensive experience?  The Blue Ridge Naturalist Certificate of Merit program may be for you!  This 240 hour curriculum includes a series of core courses on such topics as ecology, botany, geology and plant identification as well as elective programs in animals, lichens, insects, etc. Click on the links below for more specific information.  

Click here for an outline of the Blue Ridge Naturalist Certificate Curriculum

Click here for an application for the Blue Ridge Naturalist Certificate program.

Click here for the  BRN final project guidelines, proposal form and supervisor's evaluation form.

The 2014 spring Adult Education catalog will be available in late January. Blue Ridge Naturalist Certificate classes are listed in the Natural History section with some elective classes in other sections.