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Master Gardener Training Course (Portage, Kalamazoo County)

Master Gardener Training Course

Sponsoring Organization: MSU Extension

Date: January 24 - May 2

Start Time: 5 pm

End Time: 9 pm

Location : Kalamazoo RESA - Wile Auditorium 1819 E. Milham Ave Portage, MI 490

Description of the Event: 


We're pleased you are interested in the MSU Extension Master Gardener Program (MGP) and trust it will be a rich and rewarding experience for you. Details for this 14-week training course site are:

Cost: $300, including 1,000-page training manual.
There are no other out-of-pocket costs.

Payments: Check or credit card.

Deadlines: Registration: Jan. 17, 2018.
Payment by check: Jan. 10, 2018.
Payment by credit card: Jan. 17, 2018

About the MSU Extension Master Gardener Program Training Course and Volunteer Service

Access to World Class Gardening Knowledge. The MSU Extension Master Gardener Program connects gardeners across the state to MSU's faculty and resources. Participants have access to information generated at one of the nation's top plant science teaching and research universities and the chance to use this knowledge to improve their communities and enrich their lives.

Extension Master Gardener volunteers start by completing a 14-session practical training course grounded in university research. This training consists of approximately 45 hours of training with classes on plant science, soil science, integrated pest management, diagnostics, annuals and perennials, woody ornamentals, lawns, vegetables, small fruits, tree fruits, household and nuisance pests, indoor plants and gardening practices to protect water quality. Participants must commit to attend all the training classes and complete all (open book) quizzes and final exam with an overall quiz score of at least 80% and final exam score of at least 80% . Missed classes (up to two) may be made up by attending class lecture on the same topic offered in other locations. Viewing approved recorded sessions is another make up option but is less engaging for course participants. 

An Opportunity to Serve. After completing the training, Extension Master Gardener trainees must complete 40 hours of approved horticulture-related service within one year to earn their MSU Extension Master Gardener certification. Through these volunteer activities, trainees educate others in their local community on the science-based, environmentally sound gardening practices learned during their training. Examples of volunteer projects and service may include: 

Working with students to design an elementary school garden.
Creating a horticulture therapy program at a senior center.
Helping a neighborhood association create an urban garden.
Assisting with the MSUE State Lawn and Garden Hotline.
Caring for educational display gardens at senior centers, parks and other public sites.
Teaching classes on how to garden.
Providing technical assistance to community members establishing vegetable gardens to meet local nutritional needs.
Mentoring teachers in outdoor and indoor classrooms using gardening curricula
Sharing messages on environmentally-friendly gardening practices at community events.
Educating community members or groups on how to beautify community sites for special events or community activities that attract local residents and tourists.
After your initial certifying year, you will be required to annually complete and report 10 education and 20 volunteer hours as well as complete a 3-step re-certification process (which includes a $20 re-certification fee).

To enroll in the MSU Extension Master Gardener Master Gardener training course, please complete the online registration and agreement forms. Payment is required at the time of enrollment. Trainees may be interviewed by current Extension Master Gardeners and/or staff prior to engaging in volunteer activities and depending on local requirements, trainees may also be required to undergo a criminal background check before they volunteer. 

Training Course Cancellation Policy
MSU Extension reserves the right to cancel any course if the minimum participant levels are not met. Registrants will receive a full refund as follows and may re-register for a future class:

Credit card payments - a credit will be issued to your credit card for the amount paid.
Payment by check - MSU will prepare and mail you a check for the amount paid. This process takes about two weeks after the refund has been requested.
Registration and Payments

Online registrations must be completed by the registration deadline or earlier.
In the rare event that a registration is accepted after the due date, an additional $25 fee will be assessed to cover registration processing and the MSUE Master Gardener Training Manual shipping costs.
Your class seat is not reserved until payment in full is received and processed by MSU.
Your registration will be cancelled if payment in full is not received within 10 business days of your registration.
Check Due Date: Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018
Credit Card Due Date: Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018
You have the option of canceling your MSU Extension Master Gardener training registration at any time. Refunds will be issued per the Refund Policy.
Refund Policy

A full refund, less a $25 processing fee, will be issued for any registration cancelled prior to the registration closing date
No refund will be issued for any registration cancelled after registration closing.
No refund will be issued for any registration cancelled after the training course has started. The MSU Extension Master Gardener Training Manual is for certified Extension Master Gardeners and as such must be returned.
Partial scholarships may be available. To apply for a partial scholarship, you must complete a separate registration (in addition to your training registration) via the Scholarship application button below.

Scholarship decisions will be made prior to the training registration deadline. You must register and submit payment for the training course to ensure your seat is held while decisions are made regarding scholarship applications. If approved for a partial scholarship, you will be notified of the amount and receive a refund for the scholarship amount. 

Training Course Format
Distance technology, with a connection to another training site, may be used to deliver part or all of the training course. Instructors may not be present in the classroom but will be available via distance technology to answer questions.


Education Credit Hours: N/A

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