Application Deadline for 2018 Master Gardener Program
November 10 @ 8:00 am - 4:00 pm$175
The purpose of the Washington State University Master Gardener Program is to train volunteers to be effective community educators in gardening and environmental stewardship by providing information to the public generated from research at WSU and other universities. Master Gardeners demonstrate a strong volunteer ethic and a deep sense of commitment, coupled with a willingness to learn and to share what they learn. Last year we had 159 Master Gardeners that volunteered over 14,000 hours furthering their own education, working in plant clinics, local schools, demonstration gardens, community gardens, and they had a terrific time doing it!
Master Gardener training is held once a week on Tuesdays afternoons from 12:00pm until 3:00pm beginning January 23 through April 24, 2018. The training covers a variety of topics educating you on basic plant biology, pathology, common gardening issues in our area, and much more. You do not have to be a great gardener to participate, but you will be a better and more knowledgeable gardener when you complete the program. Homework averages 4 to 6 hours per week, is conducted online, and requires access to a computer with internet and email capability.
Training focuses on familiarization with and learning how to use resources to research, educate, mentor and answer horticulture questions for the public, while working with other Master Gardeners in a collaborative environment. All quizzes and the final exam are taken online and are multiple choice and open book. If you don’t know the answer to a question, we teach you how to use appropriate university based resources to find the answer.
Tuition for this extensive training program is $175 plus a minimum of 50 hours volunteer time working on designated Benton Franklin County Master Gardener projects.
To apply to become a Master Gardener Volunteer, please fill out the appropriate application below and submit it to our office no later than November 10, 2017.
Upon receipt of your application, we will contact you via email to schedule your attendance at a required orientation session during which you will learn more about the Master Gardener Program, the commitment you are making to become a Volunteer Master Gardener Community Educator, and to answer any questions you may have. The orientation sessions will be the week of November 27th. At the orientation session you will receive a packet of information about the program along with all the required administrative forms that you will need to complete and submit and instructions for tuition payment and registering for the online portion of the course. Please do not send payment with your application.
If you have any questions or to receive more information about the Master Gardener Program, please call the Kennewick WSU Extension office at (509) 735-3551 and speak to either Eileen or Heather.