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Native Plants 101 (Online, Self-Paced) 

Bring life into your outdoor space while helping the natural world! In this practical, self-paced, online course, you’ll discover the human and ecological benefits of planting native, learn about powerhouse native plants, and create a garden plan that fits your outdoor space (and personality!). From site assessment to plant choice and maintenance, this course will give you the tools you need to get started with native gardening in your backyard or community.   

Registration for the August 28–October 2, 2023 Course is now closed.

Preregistration required by Wednesday, August 16. Member adult $50; nonmember adult $55. 

Enrollment materials, including all links to access the course, will be sent to registrants the week prior to the start of the course. For more information, contact onlinelearning@cincynature.org.  

This course will be most applicable to learners within the Midwest and Northeastern United States. It is best suited for adults and teens 13 years and older. A computer, tablet or phone with internet access is required in order to complete the course. 

Course topics include:
  • Definition of “native plants” and other key terms 
  • Human and ecological benefits of planting native 
  • Site assessment for creating a native garden 
  • “Powerhouse” native plants 
  • Creating a plant list 
  • Navigating the nursery 
  • Starting and planting a plot 
  • Garden design basics 
  • Seasonal care and maintenance 
  • Inspirational case studies 

This five-week, 10-hour course includes:

  • Videos  
  • Readings  
  • Interactive Learning Tools 
  • Course Forum 
  • Optional Live Discussion Sessions 
  • Downloadable Garden Planning Template  
All coursework is self-paced. Learners can expect to spend between 1.5-2 hours per week on coursework and at-home activities. Optional live discussion sessions will take place on:
  • Monday, August 28 from 7-8 pm 
  • Wednesday, September 13 from 7-8 pm 
  • Wednesday, September 27 from 7-8 pm