University students have been involved with the Utah Botanical Gardens (UBG) since their inception in 1954 as part of the Utah State University (USU) Utah Agricultural Experiment Station (UAES). Students and professors travel from USU to visit UBG, conduct class tours, and participate in research projects. Students also work at UBG as summer interns, and in 1986, USU began offering off-campus horticulture classes for credit at UBG. Today, 20 different classes are taught at UBG or nearby sites. These classes are part of the USU Applied Ornamental Horticulture degree program and can also be used to qualify as a Certified Nursery Professional by the Utah Nursery and Landscape Association.