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your first course if you are interested in becoming an Environmental Consultant and a member of the Environmental Consultants’ Council.  In addition, you will need to take the open-book test offered at the end of each class.  A review of the test is conducted before it is taken and a passing grade is 70%.  

NCAGC delivered Course 1 on November 3-4, 2016 to 32 very happy students.  Course 2 will be held April 20-21, 2017 at the Agricultural History Farm Park in Derwood, MD.  You may take courses anywhere offered in the US.  Courses being offered can be found at http://www.gardenclub.org/schools/environmental-studies.aspx.

The text books used for the course are:

 The four annual issues of The National Gardener, available from http://www.shopgardenclub.org/shop/category.aspx?catid=7 .

Living in the Environment by G. Tyler Miller, Jr.  The current edition is available at Amazon, where you will also find perfectly usable earlier text- only editions at a much lower price.

Bringing Nature Home, by Douglas W. Tallamy. This text is available at many places including Amazon.

*You will learn a new vocabulary for the things that are already near and dear to a gardener:  Air (atmosphere), water (hydrosphere), the land (geosphere) and wildlife (biosphere).


**A one year extension may be obtained from NGC by applying for it through your State ESS Chairman before the end of the fifth calendar year.


Environmental Studies School

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National Capital Area Garden Clubs, Inc.

District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia

Headquarters at Arbor House, U.S. National Arboretum

3501 New York Avenue, N. E., Washington, D. C. 20002-1958

The four-course curriculum for the school was developed and is maintained by the National Garden Club, Inc., (NGC), which is our parent organization and is the largest gardening organization in the world.  The National Capital Area Garden Clubs, Inc. (NCAGC) is one of the many states in NGC that has an active ESS.  


The courses in the NGC ESS Curriculum provide environmental literacy* and an appreciation of the natural world.  They promote action for sustainable development and an appreciation for the interrelation of all natural things.  Each course includes a two-hour field trip to reinforce learning.  


The courses may be taken in any order so you do not need to take Course 1 first.  Once you begin taking the courses, you must complete them by the end of the fifth** calendar year from the date you take

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