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Course Description

Delve into the philosophies and practices that minimize human impact on the landscape and promote the creation of robust ecological communities. Deepen your understanding of design components such as plant selection, water infiltration, soils, and landscape materials selection. Explore techniques to promote healthy ecology while offering an aesthetic solution and a landscape that functions with a desired purpose.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Define ecological landscape design
  • Define landscape ecology terminology and concepts in ecological design.
  • Identify principles of an ecological design
  • Discuss the negative effects of human impact on the landscape
  • Determine the potential ecological impacts of a proposed site development
  • Discuss the strategy of selecting key elements (plants, soil, water, and materials) in ecological design
  • Outline the ecological design framework
  • Discuss the importance of the participatory design process, maintenance and monitoring, as well as stewardship and public engagement

Course Topics

  • Ecological Design
  • Ecology and Landscape
  • Human Impact
  • Habitat and Restoration
  • Plant Selection
  • Maintenance and Monitoring
  • Landscape  Design Principles and Framework
  • Participatory Design Process
  • Design Specializations and Certifications
  • Site Analysis and Assessment
  • Stewardship and Public Education

Additional Requirements

  • This course is intended for adult learners who are at least 18 years of age.
  • There are no prerequisites for this course.
  • You can expect to spend 8 to 12 hours per week to complete the course content, readings, activities, discussions and assignments.

Landscape Design I and Ecological Design complete an area of focus in Landscape Design in the Horticulture Certificate/Diploma

Ecological Design is a required course in the Landscape Design Certificate/Diploma.

Applies Towards the Following Certificates

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*Course details are subject to change.


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