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National College Credit Recommendation Service

Board of Regents  |  University of the State of New York

New York Botanical Garden | Evaluated Learning Experience

Horticultural Therapy for Exceptional Youth (THR 402)

15 hours (3 weeks).
2900 Southern Boulevard, Bronx, NY.

September 2008 - December 2022.

Instructional delivery format: 
Traditional classroom model
Learner Outcomes: 

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: identify the causes and describe the characteristics of atypical children and adolescents including the following conditions: learning disabilities, mentally challenged, people with Down Syndrome, autism, visual impairments, behavioral disorders, and visual impairments; explain how horticultural therapy can be utilized to meet educational, social, physical, emotional, vocational and recreational goals; identify learning styles and design horticultural therapy activities that can develop perceptual modalities-visual, auditory, tactile and kinesthetic; design creative horticultural therapy programming for youth who are low functioning or difficult to motivate; develop goals and objectives for various age groups and developmental levels; design a unit plan on a horticultural theme; write a lesson plan for a horticultural therapy activity; examine the use of horticultural therapy in pediatric settings; define the role of the horticultural therapist as an interdisciplinary team member in programs for children; and perform a literature review of scientific, refereed journal articles concerning horticultural therapy for youth.


This course is taught in a traditional classroom environment with required site visits  as part of the certificate program. Methods of instruction include: lectures, class discussions, readings, individual and group design and presentation, case studies, assigned reading and individual research. Prerequisite: Introduction to Horticultural Therapy (THR 301).

Credit recommendation: 

In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category OR in the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 1 semester hour in Horticultural Therapy, Horticulture, Social Work, Special Education or Psychology (11/12) (11/17 revalidation).