Horticultural Therapy

Oakton offers a Horticulture Therapy Certificate (HTC) in partnership with the Chicago Botanic Garden.

This is a limited enrollment program.

The HTC program combines on-site training at the Garden with online distance learning. After completing the program, students will be able to explain the unique benefits of horticultural therapy and the evolution of the horticultural therapy profession; integrate horticultural therapy activities into current or future health career areas; analyze the critical issues that horticulture therapists consider when planning programs, activities and site design; and design and facilitate horticultural therapy activities for individuals and groups.

Students in this curriculum are required to provide their own transportation and housing for the on-site four-day sessions.  These sessions concentrate on the application of horticultural therapy techniques through hands-on activities.  Completion of the distance learning portion of a class with a minimum grade of C is required for participation in the on-site portion. 

If you have questions about your application or the Horticultural Therapy Certificate Program, contact Carissa Ilg at htcertificate@chicagobotanic.org or 847.835.8293.