Educational Opportunities - Knowledgebase Question

Sitka, AK
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Question by dgrota
February 19, 2000
I'm interested in going to school for horticulture, agriculture etc. I have 3 years towards a BS degree in Natural Resource Management and have run out of funds. Would you please suggest some books that a college might use as text for horticulture, plant science, soil science etc. I am a certified master gardener, and I volunteer for the Park Service as a gardener at a historical site here in Sitka. I want to keep expanding my knowledge while I save money in order to go back school.I would also like to get of the office and into the field!

Answer from NGA
February 19, 2000
Wow! You are an inspiration to me! I've been thinking about taking some classes, and I think I'll call today!

Because textbooks change from year to year, I doubt that the ones I used will still be available, or in general use at colleges. For example, Brady's "The Nature and Property of Soils", Tisdale's "Soil Fertility and Fertilizers". I think your best bet would be to contact the nearest University that offers the courses you want, and ask what texts they use. You might try to go in person; if you explain your situation, it's possible they could help you figure out a way to pursue your dream! Maybe you could audit courses for a small fee, for example. Or work out a work-study situation. (I actually took a relatively low-paying job at a University so I could take classes for free!)

Have you considered some of the "distance learning" opportunities now available? I found a few web sites that might interest you. Try searching the web using the words like "distance", "learning", and "horticulture".

By the way, NGA offers a two-part online course called "Exploring the Garden". This covers all the basic botany principles, and uses examples from the garden to illustrate key concepts. It's probably a little more in depth than your master gardener training, but isn't a rigorous, University-level botany course.

The best of luck to you!

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