Master Gardeners Volunteer Training

Posted November 10, 2021 at 5:50 am by

Are you a gar­den­er in San Juan Coun­ty? Do you enjoy learn­ing and shar­ing your knowl­edge with oth­ers? Have you just moved to the islands and want to get involved in the com­mu­ni­ty and learn about gar­den­ing in our unique ecosys­tem? The WSU Exten­sion San Juan Coun­ty Mas­ter Gar­den­er Vol­un­teer pro­gram may be just what you are look­ing for!

The Mas­ter Gar­den­er pro­gram trains vol­un­teers to work in part­ner­ship with WSU Exten­sion to teach research-based gar­den­ing and envi­ron­men­tal stew­ard­ship prac­tices to coun­ty res­i­dents, while at the same time learn­ing, work­ing, and hav­ing fun with oth­er volunteers.

Appli­ca­tions are now being accept­ed for the 2022 San Juan Coun­ty WSU Exten­sion Mas­ter Gar­den­er Train­ing Pro­gram. Trainees receive over 60 hours of train­ing and receive prac­ti­cal expe­ri­ence through a year-long vol­un­teer intern­ship. The train­ing is taught by local and region­al experts and includes top­ics on veg­etable gar­den­ing, botany, for­est health, plant dis­ease diag­nos­tics, land­scape prin­ci­ples and more!

Trainees become a part of a cohort of pas­sion­ate, ded­i­cat­ed com­mu­ni­ty mem­bers who pro­vide edu­ca­tion­al out­reach and help prob­lem solve gar­den­ing ques­tions. Many vol­un­teers stay involved in the pro­gram for many years, shar­ing their love of gar­den­ing and learn­ing with their com­mu­ni­ty and fel­low volunteers.

The 2022 train­ing will be held on nine Tues­days, Jan­u­ary 25 to March 22, 2022. Train­ing will be a com­bi­na­tion of Zoom lec­tures, on-line read­ing, out­door edu­ca­tion­al field trips, and hands-on clin­ics. The cost of the train­ing is $300. Par­tial schol­ar­ships available.

Mas­ter Gar­den­er train­ing is offered bian­nu­al­ly in San Juan Coun­ty, so don’t miss this oppor­tu­ni­ty. Expert and novice gar­den­ers are encour­aged to apply.  Appli­ca­tions are due Novem­ber 30th.

For more infor­ma­tion and appli­ca­tion: 

Con­tact Caitlin Blethen, Mas­ter Gar­den­er Pro­gram Coor­di­na­tor at or (360) 378 4414 with any questions.

The WSU Mas­ter Gar­den­er Pro­gram is a nation­al­ly rec­og­nized pro­gram that trains vol­un­teers to teach local com­mu­ni­ty mem­bers to man­age their gar­dens and land­scapes in a sci­ence-based, sus­tain­able man­ner; address envi­ron­men­tal and social pri­or­i­ties such as water con­ser­va­tion and water qual­i­ty pro­tec­tion; reduce the impact of inva­sive species; and increase pub­lic aware­ness of healthy liv­ing by grow­ing food. Infor­ma­tion they share is gen­er­at­ed from research at WSU and oth­er uni­ver­si­ty sys­tems.  Every­one with an inter­est in gar­den­ing and vol­un­teer­ing is wel­come and encour­aged to apply for the program.

Exten­sion pro­grams are avail­able to all with­out discrimination.

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