Horticulture & Outdoor Recreation

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Horticulture and Outdoor Recreation covers a lot of ground in careers relating to commercial landscaping, food based hydroponics, arboriculture (tree care), forestry, canoeing, outdoor survival, hunting, fishing, and guiding. A strong emphasis is placed on current “best practices” of maintaining, working in, and enhancing the environment. Our campus greenhouses, hydroponics / training laboratories, school grounds, Bangor City Parks and Forest, local streams, rivers, and ponds offer you interesting ways to learn about plant identification, hydroponic food production, forestry practices, tree care operations, canoeing, fish and wildlife management, guiding, and much more.

Topic areas include:
– Landscaping            – Tree climbing techniques
– Hydroponics           – Chainsaw usage and maintenance
– Canoeing                   – Wilderness survival
– Fishing                      – Climbing
– Orienteering

3 high school credits for each year

Articulation Agreements:

  • In process: UMaine, UMaine Fort Kent, University of Southern Maine, Unity College
  • Northern Maine Community College – Occupational Safety; SAE-117  –  1 credit

Dual Enrollment Agreements
SMCC – HORT100 – Intro to Horticulture

For a complete list of the Program of Studies Agreements, please click here.

National/State Certifications/Licenses
Preparation for the State of Maine Core Pesticide Exam (must be 18)
Preparation for the State of Maine Arborist Landscape & Utility Exam (must be 18 and have experience)
Preparation for ISA Exam (must be 18 and have experience)
Maine State Certified Guide (must be 18, $100 fee)
Maine Arborist Apprentice License ($15 fee)
Hunter Safety
CTES – Plant Systems

Job Opportunities: Arborist, Botanist, Ecologist, Environmental Engineer, Farmer, Golf Course Superintendent, Greenhouse Manager, Hydroponic Technician, Turf Grass Technician


Pre-requisites Academic Courses:

  • Basic Math
  • Physical Science
  • Ability to Read, Comprehend, & Write at a High School Level




Jeff Beswick

Phone:  (207) 942-5296 Fax:  (207) 942-0776 Email:  jbeswick If you need to email a staf... MORE


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This course meets Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, and Fri from 8:30 am to 1:45 pm.


This course is held at United Technologies Center .