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College of Marin Career Education | Environmental Landscaping

Environmental landscaping is more than making the world around us a beautiful place. It’s about creating environments that function practically and in harmony with nature by growing plants, establishing organic farms, designing spaces, and installing landscapes.

College of Marin’s Environmental Landscape program is designed to meet the needs of both the professional and home landscaper, farmer, or gardener.  

The field is appealing to those wanting to work in outdoor occupations, as well as those who like to work with high-tech equipment.

Environmental Landscaping Program Options – What does COM Offer?

CLICK on the program award to view costs and required classes for each certificate and degree

Landscaping, Organic Farming and Gardening Certificate of Achievement (18.0 units)

Time to Completion:2 semesters (minimum)
Estimated Tuition Fees:$9521.00
Estimated Books & Supplies:$200.00
Required Courses (18.00 units)
Class CodeNameUnits
ELND 109F/SPrinciples and Practices of Organic Farming and Gardening (Spring OR Fall)3.0
ELND 115FPlant Identification, Selection, and Propagation - Fall3.0
ELND 115SPlant Identification, Selection, and Propagation - Spring3.0
ELND 150Integrated Pest Management in Landscapes, Farms, and Gardens3.0
ELND 160Soil: Ecology and Management3.0
ELND 190Irrigation of Landscapes, Farms, and Gardens3.0
 

Landscape and Garden Design Certificate of Achievement (18.0 units)

Time to Completion:2 semesters (minimum)
Estimated Tuition Fees:$9521.00
Estimated Books & Supplies:$200.00
Required Courses (18.00 units)
Class CodeNameUnits
ELND 101Introductory Principles of Sustainable Landscapes, Farms, and3.0
ELND 115FPlant Identification, Selection, and Propagation - Fall3.0
ELND 115SPlant Identification, Selection, and Propagation - Spring3.0
ELND 120APlant Identification, Selection, and Propagation1.5
ELND 120BLandscape Ecology1.5
ELND 140Integrated Pest Management in Landscapes, Farms, and3.0
ELND 160Soil: Ecology and Management3.0
 

Organic Farm and Garden Production Certificate of Achievement (18.0 units)

Time to Completion:2 semesters (minimum)
Estimated Tuition Fees:$9521.00
Estimated Books & Supplies:$200.00
Required Courses (18.00 units)
Class CodeNameUnits
ELND 109FPrinciples and Practices of Organic Farming and Gardening (Spring OR Fall)3.0
ELND 109SPrinciples and Practices of Organic Farming and Gardening - Spring3.0
ELND 120APlant Identification, Selection, and Propagation1.5
ELND 120BLandscape Ecology1.5
ELND 150Integrated Pest Management in Landscapes, Farms, and Gardens3.0
ELND 160Soil: Ecology and Management3.0
ELND 190Irrigation of Landscapes, Farms, and Gardens3.0
 

Environmental Landscaping: Landscaping, Organic Farming and Gardening Associates Degree (60.0 units)

Time to Completion:4 semesters (minimum)
Estimated Tuition Fees:$3096.00
Estimated Books & Supplies:$2000.00
Required Courses (18.00 units)
Class CodeNameUnits
ELND 109F/SPrinciples and Practices of Organic Farming and Gardening (Spring OR Fall)3.0
ELND 115FPlant Identification, Selection, and Propagation - Fall3.0
ELND 115SPlant Identification, Selection, and Propagation - Spring3.0
ELND 150Integrated Pest Management in Landscapes, Farms, and Gardens3.0
ELND 160Soil: Ecology and Management3.0
ELND 190Irrigation of Landscapes, Farms, and Gardens3.0
 
General Education (42.00 units)
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* These expenses may not reflect your actual cost to attend College of Marin.
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Tuition cost is for in-state tuition, which is currently $46/unit plus additional fees. For out-of-state tuition, see marin.edu/paying-college.
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or financial aid and enrollment questions, contact Enrollment Services at (415) 457-8811 Ext. 8822 or admissions@marin.edu.
Some classes may have prerequisites. Please meet with a College of Marin Counselor to plan your education path and determine which classes are necessary for you.

Career Outlook

What work can I get and how much can I earn?

JOB TITLE: Landscaper

  • Annual Earnings: $22,640 to $52,010
  • What They Do: Modify or maintain grounds of property using hand or power tools or equipment. Perform a variety of tasks, which may include: sod laying, mowing, trimming, planting, watering, fertilizing, digging, sprinkler installation, and more.

JOB TITLE: Supervisor: Landscaping

  • Annual Earnings: $27,470 to $75,400
  • What They Do: Directly supervise and coordinate activities of workers engaged in landscaping or groundskeeping activities. Work may involve reviewing contracts to ascertain service, machine, and workforce requirements; answering inquiries from potential customers regarding methods, material, and price ranges; preparing estimates and more.

JOB TITLE: Supervisor of Farming, Fishing & Forestry Workers

  • Annual Earnings: $27,130 to $107,120
  • What They Do:Directly supervise and coordinate the activities of agricultural, forestry, aquacultural, and related workers. Employment research supporting growth within that subsector of farming.

JOB TITLE: Farmer, Rancher, or Other Agricultural Manager

  • Annual Earnings: $19,660 to $122,030
  • What They Do: Plan, direct, or coordinate the management or operation of farms, ranches, greenhouses, aquacultural operations, nurseries, timber tracts, or other agricultural establishments.
To explore these professions in more detail or find out about other growing professions, visit onetonline.org.
Salary ranges reflect 10% to 90% of annual earnings per data sourced from Economic Modeling Specialists International (www.economicmodeling.com); data includes the North Bay Region (Marin, Napa, Solano and Sonoma) and San Francisco County.
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Key Contacts

Who do I contact if I have questions?

PLAN: Call the Counseling Office at (415) 485-9432

OTHER QUESTIONS: Call COM's Career Programs Dept at (415) 457-8811 x8200

ROGRAM QUESTIONS: Call the Environmental Landscaping Dept.

  • Fernando Agudelo-Silva (415) 457-8811 x8200 x7397
  • Paul da Silva (415) 457-8811 x8200 x7542
  • Indian Valley Organic Farm & Garden (415) 457-8811 x8200 x8307

READY TO GET STARTED?

Questions? Call Us!

  • Admissions (415) 457-8811 x8822
  • Counseling Office (415) 485-9432
  • Career Education (415) 457-8811 x8200

Why Choose College of Marin for Environmental Landscaping?

  • Affordable: College of Marin classes are open to all and cost only $46 per unit for California residents.
    • Starting here is a terrific and inexpensive way to start your career.
    • Financial aid and student support services are available to those who qualify.
  • A ‘Real World Classroom’: College of Marin has good laboratories and beautiful grounds, including the Indian Valley Organic Farm and Garden, where you learn commercial practices.
  • High-Quality Instruction for High Wage Industries: CTE programs at College of Marin prepare students for high-wage and high-demand careers at a fraction of the expense of private programs. Our graduates enter the workforce with comprehensive work skills and the ability to be innovative critical thinkers. Our instructors are highly experienced industry professionals recognized as experts in their respective fields who understand their industry’s needs and trends.
  • Small Class Size: Most classes have 10-22 students. This low student-to-teacher ratio allows instructors to work individually with students as needed while covering material in-depth.
  • Industry Connections: College of Marin works closely with industry organizations, such as the California Landscaper Contractors Association, thus providing opportunities for students to connect with potential employers.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What else should I know?

Are there any pre-requisites?

No, there are no requirements or prerequisites.

How do I get started?

To get started, you need to enroll at College of Marin and should meet with a career counselor (who can help you with planning your education, direct you to financial alternatives, and more!)

This program is eligible for financial assistance under the Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act (WIOA). For information about opportunities for financial aid, please contact Enrollment Services at (415) 457-8811 Ext. 8822 or admissions@marin.edu.
Gainful Employment
For more information about College of Marin graduation and completion rates, the median debt of students who have completed our programs, and other important gainful employment information, please visit www1.marin.edu/gainful-employment.