Thursdays 5pm-9pm; March 9, 2017 through June 15, 2017
Northwest Michigan Horticulture Research Station
6686 S. Center Hwy
Traverse City, MI 49684
Anyone interested in learning more about gardening
About the MSU Extension Master Gardener Program Training Course and Volunteer Service
Access to World Class Gardening Knowledge. The MSU Extension Master Gardener Program connects gardeners across the state to MSU‘s faculty and resources. Participants have access to information generated at one of the nation’s top plant science teaching and research universities and the chance to use this knowledge to improve their communities and enrich their lives.
Extension Master Gardener volunteers start by completing a 14-session practical training course grounded in university research. This training consists of approximately 45 hours of training with classes on plant science, soil science, integrated pest management, diagnostics, annuals and perennials, woody ornamentals, lawns, vegetables, small fruits, tree fruits, household and nuisance pests, indoor plants and gardening practices to protect water quality. Participants must commit to attend all the training classes and complete all (open book) quizzes and final exam with an overall score of at least 80%. Missed classes (up to two) may be made up by attending class lecture on the same topic offered in other locations. Viewing approved recorded sessions is another make up option but is less engaging for course participants.
An Opportunity to Serve. After completing the training, Extension Master Gardener trainees must complete 40 hours of approved horticulture-related service within one year to earn their MSU Extension Master Gardener certification. Through these volunteer activities, trainees educate others in their local community on the science-based, environmentally sound gardening practices learned during their training.
After your initial certifying year, you will be required to annually complete and report 5 education and 15 volunteer hours as well as complete a 3-step re-certification process (which includes a $20 re-certification fee).
More information can be found on the event registration link HERE.
Cost: $300, including 1,000-page training manual. There are no other out-of-pocket costs.
Applications will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis, until the class is full, or Feb. 23, whichever comes first. Please follow this link for details and to apply.
Partial scholarship funds ARE available. If you need financial assistance to make the course accessible, here is the link to the scholarship application:
Which of your FRIENDS are interested in becoming Master Gardeners?
For more information, contact:
Michelle Ferrarese, Consumer Horticulture Program Instructor
Leelanau MSU Extension office