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2017 Collin County Master Gardener Volunteer Training Course

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7117 County Road 166

McKinney, Texas 75071

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The Master Gardener Program is a volunteer program offered by Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and is designed to increase the availability of horticultural information and improve the quality of life for residents of Collin County. Master Gardener volunteers assist the Extension Service by conducting educational programs for adults and youth, answering gardening questions, establishing and maintaining research and demonstration gardens, and designing and implementing community outreach projects, as well as coordinating Master Gardener projects.

The Master Gardener Program is a Certified Master Volunteer Program where participants complete the twelve week Master Gardener Training Course and complete the required volunteer service hours each year to receive their certification. While participants will benefit personally in this training, it should be understood that the principal criteria for acceptance into the program is your willingness to volunteer for approved service projects.

The training covers topics such as: the proper environmental and cultural practices in the cultivation and management of ornamental and flowering plants; the production and care of vegetables, fruits and nuts; the care and maintenance of turf and landscape plants; and a general understanding of the sciences of Plant Pathology, Entomology, Botany, and Soils. The training will consist of 12 classes, each Tuesday from August 29, 2017 through November 14, 2017. There will be over 65 hours of training provided to you during this training program. Extension Agents, Extension Specialists, Master Gardeners, and regional experts will teach individual classes. Each class will start at 8:30 a.m. and end at 4:00 p.m. with one hour for lunch. In order to meet the requirements to become a Certified Master Gardener you are expected to be present at each class for the entire class time. All classes will be held inside The Landing at the Myers Park and Event Center in McKinney, Texas.

In return for 65 hours of training, you are required to contribute a minimum of 65 hours of volunteer service with an approved Master Gardener project during the year following the training class. Our interest in selecting individuals for this program goes beyond the first year of service. We need people who are willing to commit to continued participation as experienced Master Gardeners through annual re-certification. Re-certification requirements are 25 hours of volunteer service and 6 hours of continuing education for each calendar year.

The Master Gardener Training Program fee is $215 for the Training Class. The Master Gardener Handbook, Extension fact sheets, expert teachers, and other class materials will be provided.

Background checks of all Extension volunteers are mandatory every three years for the protection of our clientele. Volunteers must adhere to Youth Protection Standards established by the Extension Service and participating organizations. Applicants are required to complete and sign a volunteer service agreement form and a background check authorization form.

Applicants should have access to an internet connected computer and be able to communicate via email and be capable of accessing websites for volunteer and education opportunities and reporting volunteer service hours.

The training class will be limited to approximately 50 participants. Selection will be based on the date we receive your application, responses to application questions and a personal interview. A full refund will be provided to those not selected for the program.

Deadline for receipt of applications is Tuesday, August 1, 2017 or until the class is full.

Please contact the Extension Office with any questions at 972-548-4233.


Educational programs of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service are open to all people without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, genetic information or veteran status. The Texas A&M University System, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the County Commissioners Courts of Texas cooperating. The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service is an equal opportunity program provider. Individuals with a disability needing an accommodation should contact Texas A&M AgriLife Extension at least one week prior to the event. Full refunds are not guaranteed after the registration deadline.

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