Become a Kittitas County Master Gardener
Master Gardener Training 2020-2021: Applications will be available August 2020
Welcome! We are excited that you are thinking of becoming a WSU Kittitas County Master Gardener! If you decide to become a WSU Master Gardener, you will be part of a world-class gardening program that began at WSU in 1973. Master Gardeners provide unbiased, professional, and research-based home gardening and horticultural information to the public. Besides classes in Ellensburg, the bulk of course work is online.
Here’s relevant information:
Master Gardener applicants are required to be Kittitas County residents.
All science-based classes are taught by WSU specialists, veteran Master Gardeners, and community experts. Some topics covered:
- Soil Science
- Plant Propagation
- Vegetable and Fruit Gardening
- Home Orchards and Berries
- Landscape Design
- Plant and Insect Identification
- Backyard Forest Stewardship
- Integrated Pest Management
- Native Plants
- Gardening for All Ages and Abilities
Each trainee is matched with a Master Gardener Mentor, who will contact the trainee prior to classes beginning. Two to three hours a week for online study is typical.
Immediately following graduation, trainees enter a year-long internship period in which they contribute at least 40 hours of community volunteer work. Following the internship year, active Certified Master Gardeners are required to provide 25 hours a year in the volunteer sphere, and acquire 10 continuing education credits annually. Volunteer and continuing education activities include: conducting workshops, diagnostic clinics, speaking to community groups, maintaining demonstration gardens, creating projects that feed your passion, field trips, and having fun!
Course Requirements for success:
- A $75 fee is paid to WSU at registration for the required online course, and a $50 fee is paid to the Kittitas County Master Gardener Program to cover training materials, and speaker’s fees. Scholarships may be available.
- Return your completed training application and references by September 10, 2020.
- Pass a required background check.
- Join us for an informal interview to learn about each other and ask questions.
- Participate in a Meet and Greet in September 2020.
- Pass each online chapter quiz and final exam (all open book) with 80% or above.
Training will begin in Fall 2020. Classes meet every Tuesday from Noon to 2:15 p.m. in Ellensburg. Holiday breaks in parts of November and December. If you are working, please consider taking an extended lunch once a week.
Registration for the course closes September 10, 2020. For more information, please contact Nan Doolittle, WSU Kittitas County Master Gardener Coordinator, (509) 962-7507, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication or program information or reasonable accommodation, need to contact WSU Kittitas County Extension at (509) 962-7507 by application deadline.