Nebraska Extension Master Gardeners Volunteer Program Training Open for 2022 | House and garden
Nebraska Extension announced that applications are available to begin training as a volunteer in the Extension Master Gardener program. The 2022 training classes will offer virtual training.
The Nebraska Extension Master Gardener Volunteer (NE-EMGV) is a volunteer horticulture training program that has been part of Nebraska Extension since 1976. Nebraska Extension faculty and staff in horticulture, environment and of landscape systems form NE-EMGVs using integrated pest management strategies.
Working through their local extension office, trained NE-EMGVs use these unique skills to provide time to participate in horticulture and landscape projects within their communities. Specifically, they provide education on sustainable horticultural practices while developing valuable partnerships within the community. They help act on local issues while leveraging the resources of the Nebraska Extension and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
Participants are expected to complete 40 hours of classroom training and 40 hours of volunteer service in the first year of their involvement in the program. The initial training program covers phytology, botany, insects, weed and wildlife management, pesticide safety, soils, turf and overall landscape management.
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NE-EMGV maintains its certification through annual training and volunteering. Volunteer duties may involve answering phones at a county extension office, giving presentations on horticulture to community organizations, helping 4-H clubs with garden projects, judging horticultural exhibitions at county and state fairs, participate in community garden projects, write a garden column for the local paper, and more.
Times, location, and cost for NE-EMGV courses vary across the state, but are typically offered from February through May. The 2022 training program is presented in a virtual hybrid in-person format.
Volunteer applicants should be at least 19 years old, passionate about plants, gardens and eager to learn more about your landscape system. Volunteers should be prepared to engage in the training and volunteering process and meet all annual recertification requirements.
For more information on the Nebraska Extension Master Gardener Volunteer program, find a training location coordinator near you or learn how to complete an application form, visit mastergardener.unl.edu.