The North Carolina Arboretum’s Adult Education Programs provide learning opportunities for adults every year through classes, certificate of merit programs, continuing education and more.


Whether in the classroom, the garden or the forest, the Arboretum’s Adult Education classes may be your beginning to new connections and personal growth. More than 300 classes are offered each year, taught by some of the region’s leading experts, covering a variety of disciplines and subject areas.  View Classes Here

Certificate of Merit Programs

The Arboretum offers the Blue Ridge Naturalist Certificate of Merit and the Blue Ridge Eco-Gardener Certificate of Merit, providing students with opportunities to deepen their knowledge and develop their expertise. Learn More Here

Continuing Education

The Arboretum supports working professionals by providing continuing education and professional development opportunities on-site and across the state, including CEU credits the North Carolina Board of Landscape Architects and credits for the North Carolina Environmental Education Certificate ProgramLearn More Here

Lectures & Symposia

The Arboretum’s Adult Education Program offers lectures, book talks and other presentations by noted speakers and authors throughout the year, as well as symposia developed for working professionals and general audiences. Learn More Here

Adult Education Programs are supported in part by Biltmore Farms Hotels and The Laurel of Asheville.