NATIONAL GARDEN CLUB ENVIRONMENTAL SCHOOL
HOSTED BY THE GARDEN CLUB OF CORAL SPRINGS
NGC is a not-for-profit organization that brings together nearly 165,000 members and 5,000 local garden clubs coast-to-coast. The organization comprises many of the nation’s most respected botanic gardens and plant societies, along with: 50 State Garden Clubs, 70 National Affiliates and 330 International Affiliates.
ABOUT ES COURSES
Environmental Schools (ES) is a practical and economical approach to obtaining a basic environmental education.
ES is divided into four courses, investigating overall environmental concepts, air, land, and water. Each course is generally taught over a two -day span.
Environmental Schools courses are open to everyone, regardless of National Garden Club, Inc. (NGC) membership. Each of the four courses has an optional exam. NGC members wishing to apply to be NGC Environmental Consultants need to take all four courses, pay the testing fees and pass each test, Subscription to THE National Gardener magazine is suggested, but not required.
Non-members fulfilling the above requirements may apply to be Consultants upon joining and NGC-affiliated club within one calendar year of the completion date of the fourth course.
Consultants may serve on their state’s Environmental Consultants Council.
Students who only attend the course, but who do not take the test, will receive a Certificate of Achievement.
Environmental School Benefits
The benefits of attending Environmental Studies School (ESS) are many and diverse.
ESS classes are interesting and generally fun. The range of topics is large, covering many issues in water, air, and land. It is a requirement that each of the four classes have a field trip. This fieldtrip is a method of teaching through hands-on experiences and reinforces the coursework. It can include a trail walk, a riverboat cruise, or a trip to the local recycling center.
Instructors who may be professors or naturalists teach the science of the topic, and most are leaders in their fields. All enjoy interacting with students who are eager to learn, which makes the experience rewarding for all.
Environmental Schools pull in aspects of other National Garden Clubs, Inc. schools, Landscape Design and Gardening. The goal here is to make environmental choices for an aesthetically pleasing and healthy garden and yard. The choice of plants and trees, lawn treatments, even what is selected for the dinner table, all affect our world and our lives.
Course 1 Highlights
- Earths Life Support Systems
- Environmental Challenges and Opportunities
- Ever consuming Society Plants – Biodiversity
- Role of Species in our Ecosystem
- Ecological Niche Environmental Science
- Principles of Environmental Science
- Renewable and Non-Renewable Resources
- Aspects of Pollution,Consumption, Technology, and Economic Factors
- How to Manage and Achieve Balance and Sustainability
- Tragedy of the Commons
- Beneficial and Harmful Impacts Humans on Environment Backyard Wildlife Habitat
- Creating Habit for Wildlife in home, school, public and commercial setting Networking and Outreach
- Ways to effectively work with individuals, organizations, institutions, businesses, industry and government.
Historical Environmental Actions and Leaders
- History of Humans Actionson Environment
- Environmental Education key to Survival
- Landmark Legislation to preserve and protect the Environment
- Green Energy
- Thinking Globally/ Acting Locally and Committing Personally
- Pledge Nature Discovery Field Trip
Open to Everyone!
Environmental School courses are open to everyone, regardless of National Garden Club, Inc. membership. Each of the 4 courses has an optional exam. NGC members wishing to apply to be a NGC Environmental Consultant must take all four courses and pass each exam.
Non-members fulfilling the above requirements may apply to be Consultants upon joining an NGC affiliated club within one calendar year of the completion date of the 4th course.
NATURE DISCOVERY WALK:
(Wear suitable clothing & shoes for walking. Tour will accommodate handicapped with prior notice) A two-hour educational walking tour of Hugh Taylor Birch State Park will take place on Friday, Nov. 20th. After exams.
Each day concludes with a course review and an optional open book, and notes exam. NOTE: Students seeking National Garden Club designation of Environmental Consultant must pay the Nominal fees and pass all exams. Students who opt out of the exam receives a Certificate of Achievement.