2016 Master Gardener Training
Register Now for the 2017 Master Gardener Training!
Classes begin March 23rd
Master Gardener training will occur Thursday evenings from 6-9 starting March 23rd and running through April 27th. Then summer break for Master Gardener project volunteer work. Re-unite with your cohorts for an educational field trip in late June. Then classes will resume on Thursdays from 6-9 starting August 10th and running through September 14th.
Submit completed volunteer hours at the September 12th meeting. Don’t worry if you don’t have them all, you have one year from your start date to complete the 40 hour requirement. There will be more opportunities to get volunteer hours in including at the Ohio County Country Fair! If you do not think you will be able complete the program in one year, please enroll in the passport program which allows two years for completion (education and volunteer hours will reflect the extra time for enrollment).
Graduation will be held at the fall dinner for those who complete and submit all requirements by September 15th, 2017!
The introduction to the program is free to all who are interested, however pre-registration is required. Please join us March 23rd to learn more about the program at a risk free meet and greet at West Virginia Northern Community College’s Wheeling Campus. We will be in the Historic B&O building on the main floor. Learn about the program, its requirements and pick up this year’s garden calendar. Active master gardeners will be present to share snacks and stories at our meet and greet.
Applications will be on hand should you decide to join the program. Registration for the entire training is $100 or $50 and provides a paper or CD manual and free access to local Master Gardener Core classes.
To join us at the 2016 Master Gardener Class, call the WVU Ohio County Extension Office (304-234-3673) or email Karen G. Cox.
Passport Option Now Available!
This is the third year for our pilot program that allows more flexibility and 2 full years to complete while also opening the classes to the general public on an A la carte basis! Contact the Ohio County Extension office for more information!
Participants attend 40 hours of in-depth training and receive a complete gardening reference manual. In return they volunteer 40 hours of horticulture service to their community. Upon completion of the first 40 hours of service you earn the title Extension Master Gardener which you can proudly display on your official nametag
Master Gardener volunteer training occurs in the beginning in February or March of each year. This exciting program offers individuals the opportunity to receive in-depth instruction in horticulture and to participate in gardening-related community service. Can’t wait to be a Master Gardener? You don’t have to! Start volunteering now, see if you like it, and take the class in the spring!