The Natural Science Technology Center trains future horticulture workers

The Natural Science Technology Center gives high school students the coursework and hands-on training to prepare for a variety of careers related to plants. For those who dream of working as floral designers, greenhouse managers or interior plantscapers, or students who want to pursue careers as landscape contractors, landscape designers or golf course superintendents, the Center is the spot to train.

Floriculture and greenhouse classes provide training in designing and creating floral arrangements and other decor for adding and other events. Landscape and turf grass instruction includes learning how to operate state-of-the-art landscape equipment and constructing and maintaining outdoor spaces for residential, public, and commercial purposes. The students have use of 10 acres of land with a 20-acre botanical garden, two greenhouses, and a variety of commercial mowers, stump removers, etc.

The 2-year career-specific curriculum is approved by the Ohio Department of Education. Students who complete the program earn eight elective credits and two Applied Biology credits. Classes meet 7:30-11:40am, five days a week, with students spending the rest of their day at their respective high schools, home schools, or online schools. Competitions, volunteering, job shadowing and internships enhance the learning experience, and free busing is available from any Toledo Public Schools high school to the Center and back. The programs are open to any student over age 16 in Ohio.

More details are available in a video at, at, at 419 671-1800, or at 5561 Elmer Dr. in Toledo (next to Toledo Botanical Garden).