Start a quest to deepen your knowledge of one of the most diverse ecosystems in the world. Join a community of adult learners dedicated to understanding the natural sciences, ecology, and culture of the Southern Appalachian region. Core and elective courses are scheduled year-round in ecology, botany, geology, animals, lichens, insects and more. Students also complete a final project centered in service learning prior to graduation.

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Ecological gardening focuses on gardens and landscapes as thriving ecosystems – nurturing harmony and interdependence between plants, soils, wildlife, and humans! Cultivate your understanding of ecological principles and design fundamentals to create and manage healthy, self-sustaining gardens and landscapes. Participants complete core and elective courses in ecology, botany, permaculture, landscape design and more.

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