2019 UConn Extension Master Gardener Program Application

DEADLINE EXTENDED UNTIL OCTOBER 22!

The UConn Extension Master Gardener program is a service-oriented program developed to help Extension educators assist non-commercial gardeners. This program has a strong focus on volunteerism and educational outreach and enhances UConn’s horticultural education offerings statewide.

 

Students enrolled in this program receive training in an extensive range of horticultural and environmental topics, including botany, plant pathology, entomology, integrated pest management (IPM), herbaceous and woody ornamentals, edibles, turf grass, invasive plants, and diagnostic techniques for the home gardener.

 

Following the formal classroom instruction, Master Gardener interns receive hands-on training in the UConn Extension offices or the Bartlett Arboretum; they are supervised in researching a broad range of horticultural concerns, including identifying insects and plants, diagnosing plant diseases, and providing sound science-based cultural recommendations.  In addition, interns engage in a wide range of community outreach projects. Examples include community gardens, horticultural therapy, educational booths for programs ranging from Earth Day celebrations to county fairs, and working with the CT Invasive Plant Working Group, just to name a few.

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

  • 100+ class hours. Classroom training includes approximately three hours of on-line material as well as one half-day per week for 16 weeks, 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM, January – April 2019 at one of five locations around the state. The Farmington class is an evening class, meeting from 5:30 – 9:30 PM on Wednesdays.
  • 60 hours of in-service and outreach training at one of nine locations (County Extension Offices or the Bartlett Arboretum)

 

COURSE WORK

 

  • Subject quizzes and graded mid-term exam
  • Tree/Shrub/Vine identification and research project due by the end of August 2019.
  • Attendance at one of five summer diagnostic sessions
  • Final diagnostic exam at the end of in-service training
  • Final essay due at the end of September 2019

 

IN-SERVICE OFFICE AND OUTREACH

 

  • A minimum of 30 in-office hours in the Master Gardener office at a UConn Extension Center or the Bartlett Arboretum during weekday business hours working with the public answering horticultural questions and researching gardening problems. This work will be under the supervision of a Master Gardener coordinator or volunteer mentor.

 

  • 30 hours approved educational outreach and/or community project(s).

 

  • All 60 hours must be completed by the end of September 2019.

 

CLASS LOCATIONS

Mondays Bartlett Arboretum, Stamford
Coordinator: Patricia Carroll (203) 322-6971 ext. 18, patricia.carroll@uconn.edu
Location and Directions: http://www.bartlettarboretum.org/s/Directions-to-BAG.docx
Tuesdays Middlesex County Extension Office, Haddam
Coordinators:
Location and Directions: http://extension.uconn.edu/extension-centers/middlesex.php
Wednesdays Hartford County Extension Office, Farmington  EVENING CLASS
Coordinators:
Location and Directions: http://extension.uconn.edu/extension-centers/hartford.php
Thursdays Fairfield County Extension Office, Bethel
Coordinators:
Location and Directions: http://extension.uconn.edu/extension-centers/fairfield.php
Fridays  Windham County Extension Office, Brooklyn
Coordinators:
  • Tolland County – Jean Madden-Hennessey (860) 870-6934,

jean.madden-hennessey@uconn.edu

Location and Directions: http://extension.uconn.edu/extension-centers/windham.php

 

 

Apply online

Download the application