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May 28

2019 SDSU Extension Master Gardener Training

Tuesday, May 28 - Thursday, July 25

SDSU Extension Master Gardener Training includes access to online training materials, resource manual, and hands-on classes. Hands-on classes will be held in three locations, over eight sessions. Each session begins at 8:30 am and ends at 4:30 pm local time.

  • Watertown: May 28, June 4, 11, 18, 25; July 9, 16, and 23
  • Yankton: May 29, June 5, 12, 19, 26; July 10, 17, and 24
  • Sturgis: May 30, June 6, 13, 20, 27; July 11, 18, and 25

Topics

  • Basic botany and taxonomy
  • Soils and fertilizers
  • Turf and weed management
  • Plant pathology/composting
  • Tree and shrub care, pest management, tree and shrub ID
  • Planting and landscape use
  • IPM and pesticides
  • Insects and pollinators, biodiversity
  • Vegetables and season extension
  • Herbaceous ornamentals, native plants, plant propagation
  • Serving as a SDSU Extension Master Gardener

SDSU Extension Master Gardener volunteers provide current, research-based, consumer horticulture information and education to the citizens of South Dakota through SDSU Extension Master Gardener projects and services.

Through the SDSU Extension Master Gardener program, interested volunteers receive training in horticulture and environmental topics of special value to home gardeners. In exchange for their training, Master Gardeners share their time and knowledge on approved projects within their communities. SDSU Extension Master Gardeners are registered volunteers that will be required to comply with SDSU Policy 4:8 and program policies as outlined in the SDSU Extension Master Gardener Program Policy Guide.

Training

Training Options for the General Public

  • SDSU Extension Master Gardener training with volunteer commitment ($250): After completing the course and passing the final exam with at least a score of 80%, participants will complete any required paperwork and provide 50 hours of volunteer service over the next two years to become a certified SDSU Extension Master Gardener. To maintain certification, SDSU Extension Master Gardeners serve 20 hours of service annually and complete 10 hours of continuing education annually. Participants are also eligible for 6 CEUs. Should the service hours not be completed the discounted course fee is forfeited and the remainder of the certificate in horticulture fee will be charged.
  • Certificate of Recognition in Horticulture training ($600): Participants will receive the same training but will not be required to volunteer and will receive a Certificate of Recognition in Horticulture. Participants in this category will NOT receive the Master Gardener title but they are eligible for 6 CEUs.

Training Options for SDSU Staff

  • SDSU Staff ONLY: SDSU Extension Master Gardener training with volunteer commitment ($250): After completing the course and passing the final exam with at least a score of 80%, interns will provide 50 hours of volunteer service over the next two years to become a certified SDSU Extension Master Gardener. To maintain certification, SDSU Extension Master Gardeners serve 20 hours of service annually and complete 10 hours of continuing education annually. Participants are also eligible for 6 CEUs. You may apply hours served during the course of your workday if it is horticulture related and in service to the Master Gardener Program or educating the public about home gardening and horticulture. Otherwise, Master Gardener service hours should be fulfilled on personal time. Eligible for 6 CEUs. 
  • SDSU Staff ONLY: Certificate of Recognition in Horticulture training ($600): Participants will receive the same training but will not be required to volunteer and will receive a Certificate of Recognition in Horticulture. Participants in this category will NOT receive the Master Gardener title but they are eligible for 6 CEUs.

Application

You will be asked to complete a brief online application during the registration process. Questions will include:

All participants

  • Contact information
  • Training location you would like to attend
  • How you learned about the program
  • Areas of interest
  • Program agreement statement

Volunteer participants only

  • Describe why you would like to become a Master Gardener and how you would use your training
  • Describe how you will fulfill your volunteer requirement
  • Describe your previous volunteer experience

Certificate participants only

  • Describe why you are interested in the course

Online Registration

The deadline for registration is May 6, 2019. Please select which location you would like to attend training during registration. For more information contact the SDSU Extension Master Gardener Staff at 605.782.3290.

Payment Options

Select the Order Now button to pay with a credit card. If you would like to pay with a check, select Show other payment options and choose the Pay Offline button. Checks can be made out to "SDSU Extension" and mailed to SDSU Extension, SAG 217, Box 2207, SDSU, Brookings, SD 57007. State employees should register using the 'Pay Offline' method and contact SDSU Extension to make arrangements to pay with a non-cash journal voucher.

Scholarships

For those in need, limited scholarships are available to pay for a portion of the fees to become a Master Gardener. For more information, email the SDSU Extension Master Gardeners or call 605.782.3290.