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Get to know the native plants that form the green spine of life


Updated announcement about COVID-19 and our Public Programs 

As of late May, all outdoor programs will be held in person. As of early July, all classroom programs will be held in person. Programs scheduled to take place online will continue to take place online.


Want to learn which plants feed which pollinators? Polish up your tree-ID skills, or wade into wetlands science? Or maybe you'd like to introduce your kids to the "superpowers" of plants. You'll find these and other topics among the nearly 200 classes and field studies we offer each year—an important contribution to plant-science education as universities prune their botany curricula.

We partner with leading organizations throughout the region, from Historic New England to the Ecological Landscape Alliance to Maine Audubon to offer more public programs—classes and field studies—in all New England states. Our programs integrate current research and best practices in native plant botany and conservation, sustainable landscape design, and ecological gardening. Join us at Garden in the Woods and other locations throughout New England, including those of our partner organizations. 

Can't take a course in person? Check out our expanding line-up of webinars and online courses by typing "webinars" or "online" in the search field at the top of any page. And wherever in New England you find yourself, you can use Go Botany to identify the plants you encounter.

An anonymous donor is now sponsoring a challenge match to support native plant classes and field studies throughout New England. Our donor will match your donation dollar for dollar, so your gift supports twice as much native plant education. Please click the button below to donate now!

Attention, teachers in Massachusetts: At Garden in the Woods, we're offering an engaging set of school programs tied to state curriculum standards! 

For best results with our registration links, we recommend using the Google Chrome browser.

Pile Up Professional Credits

Many of our programs qualify for continuing education units (CEUs)

The following organizations allow selected Native Plant Trust programs to qualify for CEUs in horticulture, forestry, agriculture, and related professions:

Accredited Organic Land Care Professionals (AOLCP)

Continuing Forestry Education (CFE)

Massachusetts Certified Horticulturist (MCH) 

Massachusetts Certified Landscape Professional (MCLP)

*Programs receive 1/4 MCLP credit for every class hour completed.

Massachusetts Certified Arborist (MCA)


Society programs may also qualify for credits with the following organizations:

Learn Online With Us!

Explore these varied ways to learn online with us

  • Sign up for one of our online courses:  We offer several types, including prerecorded and live webinars lasting an hour,  longer live-online classes featuring the chance to interact with your instructor, and university-style self-paced courses with multiple ways to participate.
  • Join us for webinars on a host of topics, scheduled throughout the year: Just type "webinar" in the search field at the top of any page. And if you're browsing, you'll notice that webinars have a W in the course code. If you’re a member, you get free, anytime access to a suite of on-demand webinars. Enrolled in a certificate program? Take three live webinars to earn one elective certificate class .
  • Start learning about the plants around you anytime with our free, online plant identification tool, Go Botany. This botanical database holds complete information on all 3,500 plant species, native and non-native, in the New England landscape. Trace your species through range maps, photos, and detailed botanical descriptions and drawings. 
  • Gardeners and designers, both amateur and pro: Check out our free, online Garden Plant Finder to find the right plant for your ecoregion, soil type, and other specifics of your site, as well as the desired height, color, and other characteristics. 

Developing online courses takes time, expertise, and funding. Click here to support the development of more online offerings to reach learners in all corners of New England. 

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We were using the technology even before the COVID-19 pandemic, and now most of our education programs are online. So, wherever you live, you can keep on learning.

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