The Arboretum supports working professionals by providing continuing education and professional development opportunities on-site and across the state.

Continuing Education for Landscape Architects

The following classes have been approved for CEU credit with the North Carolina Board of Landscape Architects (NC BOLA):

For more information, please contact Rebecca Caldwell, adult education coordinator, at or 828-665-2492.

North Carolina Environmental Education Certification

The North Carolina Arboretum offers many opportunities to earn credit toward the North Carolina Environmental Education Certificate Program of the North Carolina Office of Environmental Education. This includes:

  • Criteria I Credit (educator workshops such as Project WET, Project WILD, Methods of Teaching EE and Project Learning Tree).
  • Criteria II Credit (guided trail walks, public event programs, many adult education classes).
  • Criteria III Credit (simply enjoy the Arboretum on your own).
  • Criteria V Credit (partner with a library, park or school to create a Citizen Science Hotspot).

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Project OWL

Project OWL (Outdoor Wonders and Learning) promotes science education for elementary students by promoting outdoor lessons for North Carolina teachers, pre-service teachers and non-formal educators that are carefully aligned with the Essential Standards set by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction North Carolina. Workshop opportunities are available for educators to earn credits for the North Carolina Environmental Educators certification along with an online curriculum guide that can be used as a resource in providing additional interdisciplinary activities to supplement the science curriculum and connect student learning across subjects. Click here to learn more