Green School (UMass Extension)

This is an online event

When: Oct. 26 - Dec. 10, 2020, twice weekly
Where: Green School is going VIRTUAL! The COVID-19 pandemic has necessitated a temporary shift to remote delivery. Using available technology, we have attempted, to the extent possible, to recreate the traditional classroom Green School experience.

Every two years, UMass Extension offers it's popular Green School, a comprehensive 12-day certificate short course for Green Industry professionals taught by UMass Extension Specialists, University of Massachusetts faculty, and guest presenters. This course will not be offered again until 2022.

Instruction in 2020 will be 100% virtual, providing attendees with online resources via an online learning management system, including a mixture of pre-recorded lectures, live lectures via Zoom and GoToWebinar, and live guided discussions/Q&A opportunities that compliment pre-recorded lecture material via Zoom.

     * Landscape Management
     * Turf Management
     * Arboriculture - specifically geared toward professional arborists

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Cost: Early bird rate ($650) ends 9/15/20 ($725 after 9/15/20). The deadline for applications is October 15, 2020.

What is Green School? Designed for landscapers, lawn care specialists, nursery operators, sports field managers, public and private grounds managers, arborists and others in the green industry, our comprehensive course is for horticultural professionals who want to gain an understanding of economically feasible and environmentally responsible plant and land care practices. Both experienced professionals as well as those entering the green industries will benefit from this course.

Students learn about sensible and sustainable methods of plant and land care as well as responsible nutrient and pest management. They learn scientifically sound information that enables them to make better purchasing and management decisions, and to be better stewards of the environment. The curriculum, which emphasizes a systems-based approach to plant care, is based on current research and focuses on Best Management Practices (BMPs) and Integrated Pest Management (IPM).

While the in-person interactions and networking that a traditional Green School offers will be missed, this temporary shift to virtual instruction will benefit attendees in many ways while prioritizing current public health best practices and restrictions:

  • Registration cost savings due to reduced overhead.
  • Savings of time and travel expenses.
  • Attendees who have previously been unable to attend due to travel restrictions/distance will now have the opportunity to join us from the convenience of their own homes!

For more information or to have a registration form mailed, call UMass Extension at 413-545-0895 or email