Master Gardener Volunteer Training Offered

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Interested in learning how to better manage your yard or gardens? Are you interested in sharing the knowledge you will gain with others through volunteer activities? The mission of the Dunn County Master Gardener Association is to provide horticulture education, community service and environmental stewardship for our community in affiliation with the University of Wisconsin-Extension.

Register now to attend the Level 1 General Master Gardener Volunteer Training Program next spring 2019. Classes will be Tuesday evenings (6 –9 pm) on February 5 and 26, March 5, 12, and 26, April 2, 9 and 23 at the Dunn County Community Services Building (remodeled Health Care Center), Room 101, 3001 US Hwy 12 East, Menomonie. Classes will also be held on Saturday mornings (8:30 am-12:30 pm) on February 16, March 2 and 23, and April 13, locations to be determined.

A mix of live speakers and hands-on activities will be used.  Participants are expected to come to class prepared by reading the manual and watching online lectures. The in-class time will be for students to inquire about the lecture content, test their skills in applying knowledge, and interact with one another. Topics will include: botany, soils, woody ornamentals, herbaceous ornamentals, entomology, plant pathology, weeds, lawn care, vegetables, fruits, and backyard wildlife. For students who do not have access to a computer, accommodations to watch the videos can be made in the UW-Extension office during normal business hours. Open book final exam will be provided at the end of the program.

Interested participants should complete Master Gardener Volunteer Registration. Acceptance into the Master Gardener program is contingent on signing a volunteer agreement and passing a criminal background check. All participants are expected to volunteer a minimum of 24 hours with an approved community project by October 1 of the year following their training. New project ideas are always welcome and considered.

The cost to attend the program is $60 per person.  Scholarships from the Dunn County Master Gardener Association are available upon request. This program is open to the general public and no gardening experience is needed.  Registration materials must be received by January 29, 2019 at the Dunn County UW-Extension Office, 3001 US Hwy 12 East, Suite 102, Menomonie, WI 54751.

For more information, pleas contact Katie Wantoch, Agriculture Agent via email katie.wantoch@ces.uwex.edu, or the Dunn County UW-Extension office 715-232-1636.

 

The University of Wisconsin –Extension provides affirmative action and equal opportunity in education, programming and employment for all qualified persons regardless of race, color, gender/sex, creed, disability, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, sexual orientation, pregnancy, marital or parental status, arrest or conviction record or veteran status.

Requests for reasonable accommodations for disabilities or limitations should be made prior to the date of the program or activity for which it is needed. Please do so as early as possible prior to the program or activity so that proper arrangements can be made. Requests will be kept confidential. Contact the Dunn County Extension Office at 715-232-1636 or WI Relay 711.

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