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Environmental Landscape Management

Environmental Landscape Management


Program Code:EVLC
Duration:4 Semesters (2 Years)
Credential Awarded:Ontario College Diploma

Program Description

Situated on the Oak Ridges Moraine, Seneca College, King Campus is part of a provincially significant wetland complex and is a valued source of headwaters to the Humber River watershed (part of the Canadian Heritage Rivers System). Outdoor training and educational sessions on the 283 hectares (700 acres) of our beautiful natural campus environment provide you with a wide variety of skills development and knowledge. This practical experience, combined with the co-op education work-term, prepares you with the broad range of skills required by employers in both private and public organizations.

The Environmental Landscape Management program curriculum is unique in that it offers a link between the study of ecology with the more traditional type of landscaping and horticulture programs.

This overview of our entire ecosystem allows you to understand the impact humans can have on our natural environment and what measures can be taken to protect and/or restore natural landscapes.

The demand by employers for skilled and committed graduates from programs such as EVLC is increasing greatly. As a graduate of EVLC, you'll have a wide variety of career options with public organizations and private companies, or you may choose to start your own business. Our graduates leverage their EVLC diplomas to build interesting and exciting careers in landscape management.

Admission Requirements

Program Eligibility:

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent with:
    • Grade 12 English: ENG4(C) or ENG4(U)
    • OR Mature Student Status (age 19 or older) with the above prerequisite course(s), their equivalent(s) or appropriate Academic and Career Entrance (ACE) Certificate program credits (see Academic Upgrading).


  • The practical skills training and co-op work components in this program involve physically challenging work. The outdoor environment and some program activities may offer an element of risk. To succeed, students must be capable of participating in strenuous physical activity and be safety conscious to provide a safe learning experience. If you have concerns or questions regarding the nature of this work, please contact the program coordinator.


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Your Career

Earn your diploma in Environmental Landscape Management (EVLC) and launch your landscaping career. You’ll find opportunities in specialized and general landscape companies, horticultural nursery and greenhouse operations, municipal parks departments and conservation authorities, as well as golf courses, tourist resorts and other private and public parks. Or you could choose to start your own private contracting firm instead. Your practical education will prepare you for a diverse range of careers in landscape management.

Co-operative Education

This is a co-operative education program which formally integrates academic study with a semester of paid work experience in government operations and/or private companies. Following successful completion of your second academic semester, you'll complete a 14 week work-term.

Co-op Model
  Fall Winter Summer
Year 1 Semester 1 Semester 2 Co-op Work Term
Year 2 Semester 3 Semester 4  


  • Conservation Authorities of Ontario
  • Landscape Ontario Horticultural Trades Association
  • Municipal parks departments
  • Oak Ridges Moraine Foundation
  • Ontario Cooperative Education Association
  • Canadian Co-operative Association
  • Ontario Parks Association
  • Private sector employers throughout Ontario
  • Tallgrass Ontario

Transfer Pathways

Through transfer agreements and institution partnerships, graduates of this Seneca College program may be eligible for credit at the following post-secondary institution(s):


University/CollegeDegrees Available
York University• Any relevant degree or major


University/CollegeDegrees Available
Wilfrid Laurier University• Honours Bachelor of Arts


University/CollegeDegrees Available
University of New Brunswick• Bachelor of Applied Management (General Business)
Olds College• Bachelor of Applied Science Program in Horticulture or Golf Course Management

Important Academic Dates

Please take a few moments to view Important Academic Dates for your relevant semester.


Please select the curriculum from the Academic Year in which you started (or will be starting) your studies. An Academic Year begins in September and ends in August of the following year.

2014/2015 Academic Year
Semester 1 Course Name Hrs/Wk
EAC150 College English 3
EVL124 Introduction to Environmental Services 4
EVL134 Machinery Operation and Maintenance 2
EVL165 Arboriculture 4
EVL168 Turf Maintenance 3
EVL175 Practical Horticulture 3
EVL185 Foundations of Field Ecology 4
CPP100 Co-op Professional Theory 1
Semester 2 Course Name Hrs/Wk
EVL205 Environmental Services Management 4
EVL234 Machinery Theory 2
EVL264 Greenhouse Operations 4
EVL265 Horticulture - Level 2 4
EVL285 Terrestrial Ecosystems 4
XXXXXX General Education Option 3
Co-op Work-Term
CWT100 Co-op Work-Term
Semester 3 Course Name Hrs/Wk
EVL355 Introduction to Computer-aided Design 4
EVL375 Business Management - Level 1 4
EVL384 Landscape Construction 5
EVL385 Aquatic Ecosystems 4
CPP200 Co-op Professional Practice 1
XXXXXX General Education Option 3
Semester 4 Course Name Hrs/Wk
EVL453 Landscape Design 4
EVL473 Integrated Pest Management 3
EVL475 Business Management - Level 2 2
EVL486 Urban Ecology 3
EVL496 Natural Heritage Monitoring and Assessment 4
XXXXXX General Education Option 3

2015/2016 Academic Year
Semester 1
College English
Introduction to Environmental Services
Machinery Operation and Maintenance
Turf Maintenance
Practical Horticulture
Foundations of Field Ecology
Co-op Professional Theory
Semester 2
Environmental Services Management
Machinery Theory
Greenhouse Operations
Horticulture - Level 2
Terrestrial Ecosystems
General Education Option
Co-op Work Term
Co-op Work Term
Semester 3
Introduction to Computer-aided Design
Business Management - Level 1
Landscape Construction
Aquatic Ecosystems
Co-op Professional Practice
General Education Option
Semester 4
Landscape Design
Integrated Pest Management
Business Management - Level 2
Urban Ecology
Natural Heritage Monitoring and Assessment
General Education Option

Contact Us

Admissions Advisors:
Domestic Admissions Advisor: Shelley Ferguson
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 55115
International Admissions Advisor: Simona Cojanu
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 22758
Registration & Records Advisor:
  Shelley Ferguson
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 55115
Program Contacts:
Program Coordinator: Jane Davey
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 55302
Program Chair: Mona Nouroozifar
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 55010

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