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New Master Gardener Class Forming Soon

By Keith Reed

The Oklahoma Master Gardener Program is a volunteer training program designed to help county extension centers meet the demands for consumer horticulture research-based information. Master Gardeners take classroom training coordinated by local extension staff with the assistance of state extension specialists from Oklahoma State University.

 After classroom training is completed, program participants are involved in an internship program of volunteer services coordinated by local extension centers. Volunteer service components vary widely around the state, but in all cases are educational, extension related, and represent the interests of University Extension.

Payne County Master Gardeners are in a unique position as we are able to benefit from an outstanding local resource, The Botanic Garden at OSU.  While the majority of our classroom training will take place at the Payne County Administration Building, some of our training will take place at the Botanic Garden giving us a “hands-on” learning space to accompany our classroom instruction.

Program Details

  • Training consists of 13 - 3.5 hour classroom sessions plus optional hands-on learning opportunities.
  • Training will take place on Thursday evenings from 5:30-9pm.  Hands on-sessions will be held on Saturday mornings at the Botanic Garden.
  • The sessions begin on January 11th and continue weekly through  April 12th.  Classes will not meet the week of Spring Break.
  • Cost is $125 and includes all training materials and resource materials.

 

With this training comes the expectation that you return volunteer hours to either the Master Gardener Program or the Botanic Garden at OSU.  New trainees are asked to volunteer 50 hours their first year in the program to become certified as Master Gardeners.

For more information on the Master Gardener Program, please contact Keith Reed, the Horticulture Educator in the Payne County Extension Office.  Keith can be reached via email at keith.reed@okstate.edu, by phone at 405-747-8320, or in person at the Extension office located at 315 W 6th, Suite 103 in Stillwater.

 

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