Thank you for your interest in The North Carolina Arboretum’s Blue Ridge Naturalist (BRN) Certificate of Merit Program. Please fill out the following form to begin your student enrollment process. Once your application is submitted, an Arboretum adult education staff member will contact you to collect your one-time $75 application fee to complete your enrollment.

Program Policies & Procedures

  • Courses are offered on a seasonal basis throughout the year with new classes added monthly.  Certificate students receive a monthly email with announcements and updates.
  • Each course requires a separate per-program registration fee. Members of The North Carolina Arboretum Society receive an additional discount for adult education classes.
  • New applicants may receive retro-credit for classes identified as core or elective BRN certificate classes taken in the past 12 months prior to application for the program.
  • Please note that there is a 75% minimum attendance requirement to receive credit for any classes taken in pursuit of the Blue Ridge Naturalist Certificate of Merit.

Registration Information

  • (If applicable)
    My checking the box above, I certify that I have read the Blue Ridge Naturalist Curriculum Overview and understand the program policies and 75% attendance requirement as stated above.