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Frontier partners with Douglas County to provide Extension Master Gardener training

Are you interested in becoming an Extension Master Gardener? The Master Gardener program is a volunteer program in which K-State Research and Extension exchanges classroom training for volunteer time. Training consists of 48 hours of instruction in all aspects of horticulture. Instructors include state specialists from Kansas State University, local Extension agents and local experts in specific subject matter.

Frontier Extension District has joined Douglas County Extension’s Master Gardener training. A fee of $125 per participant is required for course materials.

Eight sessions will be held 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursdays, from Sept. 11 to Nov. 6. Trainings will be held at the Douglas County Extension office, 2110 Harper St., Lawrence. Carpooling can be coordinated, if desired.

After training is completed, volunteers donate 40 hours of educational service in their community. Service activities will be coordinated by Shannon Blocker, Frontier District Extension agent.

Volunteer programs include demonstration gardens, diagnostic clinics, 4-H youth horticultural activities, hotline question and answer sessions, school outreach, speaker’s bureaus and special events and educational days.

Application forms are available at the Frontier District Extension Offices in Garnett, Ottawa and Lyndon or online at Completed applications should be submitted on or prior to the deadline of Aug. 15. Applicant selection will be based on ability to attend all class sessions, commitment to satisfying a minimum of 40 volunteer hours, interest in the Master Gardner program, and training space availability. All applicants must participate in an informational interview prior to being accepted into the class.

For more information, contact Blocker at 785-448-6826 or email [email protected]. More information about the Douglas County Extension Master Gardener program is here.

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