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Green Industries / Horticulture

Teacher: Mr. Klingbile

Green industries courses offer students opportunities to investigate how to care for and sustainably manage our natural and living resources. Students will explore a variety of areas within green industries, including agriculture, floristry, forestry, horticulture, and/or landscaping. Students will gain practical skills and knowledge by completing a variety of authentic, industry-relevant activities and projects, such as plant propagation and greenhouse maintenance activities; landscape design and planning exercises; assignments that include farm or forestry management plans; and various construction projects. In addition, students will be introduced to concepts pertaining to biodiversity, environmental sustainability, and natural versus artificial products. Students will also investigate the numerous and varied ways in which green industries and society are interdependent. Green industries courses will prepare students for working safely in the many fields that are encompassed in this subject area. Students will learn about career opportunities in the green industries and about the Essential Skills and work habits that are important for success in these fields.

Grade 10

THJ2O - Green Industries, Open
Prerequisite: None

This course introduces students to the various sectors of the green industries – agriculture, forestry, horticulture, floristry, and landscaping. Using materials, processes, and techniques commonly employed in these industries, students will participate in a number of handson projects that may include plant or animal propagation; production, maintenance, and harvesting activities; the development of floral or landscaping designs; and/or related construction activities. Students will also develop an awareness of environmental and societal issues related to green industry activities, learn about safe and healthy working practices, and explore secondary and postsecondary education and training pathways and career opportunities in the various industry sectors. 

Grade 11

THJ3E - Green Industries
Workplace Preparation
Prerequisite: None

This course enables students to develop knowledge and skills related to agriculture, floristry, forestry, horticulture, and landscaping. Students will learn to identify a broad range of plant and animal species; examine factors that affect the growth of plants and animals and the quality of products derived from them; and develop process, design, and maintenance skills required in the green industries. Students will also learn about safe and healthy working practices, develop an awareness of environmental and societal issues related to green industry activities, and learn about apprenticeships and other postsecondary education and training opportunities, as well as employment opportunities that may be pursued directly after graduation.  

Grade 12

THJ4E - Green Industries
Workplace Preparation
Prerequisite: Green Industries, Grade 11, Workplace Preparation

This course enables students to gain further experience with a variety of industry procedures and operations and to acquire additional industry-specific skills. Students will study more complex processes, develop more advanced design and maintenance skills, and explore ways of enhancing environmental sustainability. They will also examine social and economic issues related to the green industries, learn about safe and healthy working practices, study industry standards and codes, and explore career opportunities in the various industries. The knowledge and skills acquired in this course will prepare students for the workplace and apprenticeship training.

Some Postsecondary and Career Areas Related to Construction

Apprenticeship Training

  • Arborist
  • Horticultural Technician
  • Small Engine Technician


  • Golf Course Technician
  • Landscape Technologist
  • Parks Operations Manager
  • Tree Service Technician
  • Urban Forestry and Park Technician


  • Biologist
  • Botanist
  • Horticulturalist
  • Landscape Architect
  • Plant Pathologist


  • Gardener
  • Greenhouse Worker
  • Grower
  • Landscape Labourer
  • Landscaping and Grounds Maintenance Contractors
  • Lawn and Garden Retail Salesperson
  • Plant Propagator

Regional Horticulture SHSM

Students are selected from the various schools throughout the DSBN to spend a semester at our SHSM Regional Centre, in our Greenhouses, participating in our innovative SHSM Regional Horticulture Program. Students will have the opportunity to explore aquaponics, aeroponics, farm to table practices, experimental greenhouses and much more. 

Travel to and from the SHSM Regional Centre is the responsibility of each student.

Once the semester is over students return to their home schools to complete the other required courses to achieve their Horticulture SHSM.

Interested? Talk to your teacher or guidance department today!