Immerse yourself in nature.
If you're interested in nature, Vancouver Island is rich in learning opportunities. Develop an appreciation for nature as you explore your surroundings with a horticulture course or nature tour.
Whether you already have a green thumb or are looking to develop one, you’ll find inspiration in our horticulture courses. These courses are designed to help you learn about horticultural science and how it's related to many horticultural practices in the garden, nursery and greenhouse.
New Amateur Landscape and Garden Design program
This micro-credential program will help you master landscape and garden design skills in just 16 weeks. You’ll gain the hands-on knowledge and practice you need to create the yard and garden of your dreams.
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Nature explorations on Vancouver Island
Immerse yourself in nature and enjoy a memorable learning experience as you explore Vancouver Island. Each year we offer tours to exciting destinations, including Yellow Point Lodge, Middle Beach Lodge and Wickaninnish Inn. You’ll enjoy the pleasures of nature alongside a team of naturalists, biologists, artists and historians. View details.
- 4 Seasons X 10 Plants = One Amazing Landscape!
- Bee Friendly! Plant Pollinators this Fall
- Borders that Break the Rules
- Bountiful Kitchen Gardens
- Coping with Climate Grief and Anxiety
- Drought Tolerant Plants
- Explorations in Ecotourism: Coastal Treasures
- Fungal and Plant Ecosystems: System Thinking and the Balance in BC Forests
- Fungi and Forest Ecology
- Gardening for Wildlife- Deer not welcome!
- Gardening with Native Plants
- Gardens in History: Victorian and Edwardian Gardens
- Gardens in History: Japanese Gardens
- How to Talk about Climate Change Without Overheating
- If You Could Only Have One - A Specimen Tree for your garden
- Introduction to Backyard Beekeeping
- Introduction to Biology and Natural History
- Introduction to Fruit Tree Pruning
- Introduction to Mycology
- Introduction to Permaculture
- Introduction to Winter Pruning of Fruit Trees
- Landscape Design for the Pacific Northwest
- Marine Birds
- Mason Bees: An Incredible Pollinator to Host in your Garden
- Medieval to Renaissance: The Evolution of Botanical Illustration
- More Bulbs for Your Buck
- Mushrooms of Greater Victoria
- Nature Explorations at Yellow Point Lodge
- Plants in the Landscape
- Small Wonders
- Success with Honey Bees: Backyard Beekeeping
- The Earth Laughs in Flowers
- The Six Senses
- Trees of Victoria
- Trees of Victoria I: Conifers
- Watercolours Taking Life
"Gardening is verk!" At least that is what horticulturalist and Continuing Studies instructor Jeff DeJong grew up hearing from his Dutch immigrant parents.Read Story
with instructor James Clowater By Therese Eley, Marketing Services We all grew up with nature shows showing animals from Africa and other countries, but so little do people realise what’s right here," says James CRead Story
Inspired by her work with the RNS program, Tamara Batory has initiated a pollinator garden project for her neighborhood block in the Oaklands community of Victoria, BC.Read Story
More than half of the earth’s grasslands are degraded from nearly a century of intensive agriculture, resource extraction, and urbanization.Read Story
Our relationship with nature is complex. We usually think in terms of taking from nature. It provides us with our needs and wants. But to be a part of nature we also need to give back. There needs to be reciprocity.Read Story
Julian enrolled in the RNS program in 2002 thinking he’d learn better ways to pull broom, but instead he learned much about planning, and especially the importance of community involvement in ecological restoration. Whenever the courses allowed, he would do his studies and reports about Cuthbert Holmes Park.Read Story
Bringing together ecological restoration and permaculture while also incorporating traditional ecological knowledge held by the Penelakut Tribe is the goal of Adam Huggins’ final project for his RNS Diploma.Read Story
"If we are going to save environmentalism and the environment, we must also save an endangered species: the child in nature." -Richard Louv, 2005Read Story