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Course Description

Ecology of Gardens and Landscapes in an Urban Environment examines the interactions between abiotic (soil, water) and biotic (plant, animal) networks in urban gardens and green spaces. Diversity in urban landscapes is critical to supporting healthy ecosystems. The impact of human activities and management practices on plants and animals in the urban landscapes will be identified along with strategies and techniques to restore and rehabilitate urban landscapes

Designed For

Urban community gardeners, co-operative associations, municipal planners and environmental advocates wishing to identify the potentials and constraints for gardens in the urban environment.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, the learner should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate the use of jargon used within the environmental science industry;
  2. Articulate the ecological change that occurs in a garden over an extended period of time;
  3. Identify temporal considerations as they apply to the management of garden, and landscape, ecosystems;
  4. Determine species considerations as they apply to the management of garden, and landscape, ecosystems;
  5. Identify considerations of a site as they apply to the management of garden, and landscape, ecosystems;
  6. Recognize circumstances and considerations of disturbance, recent or otherwise, as they apply to the management of garden, and landscape, ecosystems; Identify large-scale landscape considerations as they apply to the management of garden, and landscape, ecosystems; and
  7. Apply practical ecological rules towards such matters as planning for long-term change.

Course Topics

  • Diversity, abundance of plants and animals in urban landscapes and gardens
  • Ecosystem processes (water, carbon and nutrient cycles) in urban gardens and landscapes)
  • Activities of living things and their interactions with the abiotic urban environment
  • Effects of management practices and human activity on plants and animals in urban gardens and landscapes
  • Restoration and rehabilitation of impacted urban environments
  • Effects of climate change on the ecology of urban landscapes and gardens

Assessment

Assessment Item Weight
Assignments (3) 70%
Discussions (3 x 10%) 30%
Total 100%

Sponsors

Ontario Agricultural College; Department of Plant Agriculture
Royal Botanical Gardens

Applies Towards the Following Certificates

*Course details are subject to change.

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