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The 2021 National Collegiate Landscape Competition is Taking Place Virtually March 15-19

Registration is Open for Career Fair Spots and Student Participants


FAIRFAX, Va., (January 28, 2021) — The National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP) has has announced that the National Collegiate Landscape Competition is taking place virtually March 15-19, 2021.

For more than 40 years, the event has showcased the skills of college and university landscape and horticulture students in the United States and Canada, bringing them together with companies that are actively recruiting future employees, and this year is no different.

With 20 “challenge” events, 17 educational workshops, the Career Fair, and career development opportunities, COVID-19 travel restrictions haven’t limited the ability of NCLC to help students’ showcase their skills and connect with landscape and lawn care companies. 

“We are truly excited about the innovative, flexible, and robust NCLC event that our partners and schools are working with us to build,” said Britt Wood, NALP CEO. “We couldn’t do it without the support of all the industry manufacturers and sponsors who’ve made it possible to hold challenge events and provide career opportunities this year for hundreds of top college landscape students.” 

During NCLC 2021, more than two-thirds of the regular annual competitive events have been adapted to online versions called “challenges,” in which students will receive individual scores. 

The Career Fair has also gotten a virtual overhaul. Companies can showcase themselves in the easy-to-use event platform and book one-on-one interview appointments to meet students individually when it is most convenient – or companies can host sessions with groups of students together. 

“In true green industry fashion, the team at NALP has found a way to continue this vital part of the association’s role in promoting the development of the next generation of landscape professionals,” said Roger Phelps, Corporate Communications Manager at STIHL. “We at STIHL are proud to continue our 20 plus years as the lead sponsor and are excited to join all the event partners in welcoming the students as they embark on the next step in their careers.”

Register now for NCLC 2021. 

NCLC is produced with the assistance of our partners STIHL (Platinum), JOHN DEERE (Gold), Caterpillar, Gravely, Hunter, Husqvarna  (Silver), and Bartlett Tree Experts, Bobcat, Corona, Davey Tree Experts, Kubota, Permaloc, Proven Winners, Rainbird, Site One, Toro, Yellowstone. View a complete list of event and challenge partners. 

For more information, please contact the events team at NALP Events, call 703.429.4181 or  visit

About NALP

The National Association of Landscape Professionals represents an industry of approximately 1 million landscape, lawn care, irrigation, and tree care professionals. Through national advocacy campaigns, the association is growing the industry and its workforce. NALP offers its members professional development through education, networking, and training, certification and accreditation programs. For more information about NALP, visit