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Student Life at the School

What does the Niagara Parks School of Horticulture experience offer that sets it above other horticultural programs?

“I really liked the idea of the practical program and being able to not only learn about horticulture but to put all of that to use as well.”

80+ years of experiential learning

Our programs offer over 1,000 hours of experiential learning outside of the classroom to nurture the growth of well-rounded skills and build confidence while developing strong leadership abilities.

Small Classes and Focus Groups

Class sizes are no larger than 12 students to offer an abundance of meaningful instructor/student contact opportunities.

Industry Contacts

The Niagara Parks School of Horticulture provides many contact points for students to start networking within the industry before graduation. Included are mentorship opportunities, internship placement, study tours, trade shows, seminars, guest speakers and alumni connections.

Applied Leadership & Resume Building

Senior students get first-hand experience as crew supervisors, leading student crews on horticulture tasks within the Botanical Gardens. This indispensable learning experience offers an opportunity to develop important leadership skills that look great on a resume.

Horticulture Technician Apprenticeship

Graduates of the NPD program may be eligible to write the provincial exam to gain the certificate of qualification for the Horticulture Technician Apprenticeship in Ontario.

Financial Aid & Scholarships

Our school is fully recognized by OSAP and also offers a number of internal scholarships. Many industry-based scholarships and bursary opportunities are available as well.

Get Paid to Learn

All of our students are registered apprentices and employees of Niagara Parks. Students receive payment for their practical-based learning in the Botanical Gardens.

Additional services and support:

  • Academic and learning supports
  • Living arrangements and residence
  • Free parking
  • Employment opportunities and career services
  • Library and study space
  • Student association
  • Student-led activities and leadership