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New Master Gardener Open House
January 12 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
WSU Extension Offers Training for New Master Gardeners
Do you want to become a Master Gardener? Please attend either of two “Master Gardener Open House” orientation sessions on Thursday, January 10 from 7:00 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. or on Saturday, January 12 from 2 p.m. until 3:30 p.m. Both meetings will be at the WSU/Pend Oreille County Extension Office Meeting Room at 227-A S. Garden Avenue in Newport. Attendees will learn more about the local WSU Pend Oreille County Master Gardener program, basic training for new volunteers, as well as have opportunities to ask questions and meet with currently certified Master Gardeners and Interns.
Master Gardener volunteers are trained by WSU faculty and staff to be community educators about local gardening issues that enhance natural resources, sustain communities and improve the health and wellness of residents. Basic Training for volunteers includes a state-wide on-line series of internet classes that can be viewed at any time from home as well as a year-long series of face-to-face classes that highlight gardening information specific to Pend Oreille County. The cost for the training is $175 per person. Scholarships are available from the Pend Oreille County Chapter of the Washington State Master Gardener Foundation for those who find the training fee a hardship.
Applicants may download an application from the Master Gardener webpage at http://extension.wsu.edu/pendoreille/gardening or pick one up at the WSU Extension Office at 227-A S. Garden Avenue in Newport. Applications will also be available at the January 10 and 12 orientation sessions. Master Gardeners have worked with WSU Extension in Pend Oreille County as horticulture educators since 1990 and contribute more than 1500 hours of service to local county communities annually. For more information about the program please contact Dixie Chichester, Program Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org, 447-6453.