Education and Schools

 Environmental Study School

The mission statement of the Environmental Studies Schools is to teach environmental literacy to cherish, protect and conserve the living earth. The courses teach participants environmental literacy, appreciation of the natural world, encourages action for sustainable development and appreciation for the interrelation of all natural things. Particular emphasis is presently placed on land conservation, water conservation and air quality.

Upcoming Classes:

Water and Related Issues
Sponsored by: Colorado Federation of Garden Clubs
Thursday, April 20, 2016 and Friday, April 21, 2016


Colorado Springs Utilities
Conservation & Environmental Center
2855 Mesa Road, Colo. Spgs, CO 80904

Friday Field Trip
Catamount Institute
740 West Caramillo Street
Colorado Springs, CO 80907

Woodland Park Public Library
218 E. Midland Ave
Woodland Park, CO 80863

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Gardening Study School Course II

Dates: May 3 and 4, 2017

CSU Extension Office, 17 N Spruce St., Colorado Springs, Co.

For more information contact:
Margie Soileau, Chairperson at (719) 648-8025

The NGC Gardening Study Courses are designed to provide information on topics of interest to those especially interested in gardening, horticulture and related topics. The program consists of a series of four courses, held about six months apart, scheduled usually for two days of instruction, followed by a general examination on the morning of the third day. Courses cover all aspects of growing from understanding soil structure to pruning techniques, plant identification, etc. Topics include basic botany, soils, growing annuals,perennials, trees and shrubs, fruits and vegetables, lawns, pests and diseases of plants, plant classification,pruning and selected topics of local interest.

Although the courses are intended primarily for garden club members, they are open to the general public, requiring only the payment of a nominal fee. Courses may be sponsored by member clubs, groups of clubs, and State Garden Clubs. Garden club members completing the series of four courses are awarded the designation of Gardening Consultant. Attendees from the general public may attain Consultant status by joining a garden club during the course series or shortly after completion.


Flower Show Schools

Come and join us for Flower Show School! Flower Show School is not only for prospective flower show exhibitors and judges, but also for all garden club members and all persons interested in flower design and horticulture. While the primary purpose of these courses is to train those wishing to become flower show judges, many people attend for information only and those people do not have to take the examinations!