Learning is a lifelong creative endeavor. 


Adult & Continuing Education Programs at The North Carolina Arboretum extends an invitation for you to grow in mind and grow in place. Explore and grow in your understanding of the uniqueness of this place, one of the world’s most biologically diverse regions.

We attract some of the region’s leading experts to teach more than 200 classes each year covering a range of topics in Natural History, Ecology & Culture; Horticulture & Landscape Design; and Contemplative Arts & Wellness.

North Carolina Arboretum Society members receive a discount on class registration fees. Adult & Continuing Education Programs are designed for participants 18 years and older. By registering, participants agree to the Cancellation Policy,  the Adult Education Values for Learning in Community, and current Safety and Liability Guidelines for participating in onsite and field-based Adult Education classes.

Questions? Check our FAQs. Contact Programs Staff: Email AdultEducation@ncarboretum.org.


Whether in the classroom, the garden or the forest, the Arboretum’s Adult & Continuing Education classes may be your beginning to new connections and personal growth. Learn with some of the region’s leading experts, covering a variety of disciplines and subject areas.

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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.

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Continuing Education

The Arboretum supports working professionals by providing continuing education and professional development opportunities on-site and across the state, including training for horticulturists and other Green Industry professionals. We offer CEU credits with many classes that apply toward licensure with the North Carolina Board of Landscape Architects and certification with the North Carolina Environmental Education Certificate Program.

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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.

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