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Chicago Master Gardener

A blog for Chicago Master Gardeners providing information on volunteer opportunities, training, workshops and resources.

MSI Smart Home Garden Docent Training

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Hello MSI Master Gardeners, We would like to extend an invitation to all of you who will be docents during the MSI - Smart Home Garden venture. This training will focus on the docent position. You will be given a guideline/script handout...

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Grafting Workshop

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Midwest Fruit Explorers Garden Club for Backyard Fruit Growers www.MidFEx.org Arpil 13, 2008 1:00-4:00 p.m. Chicago Botanic Garden Glencoe, IL Grafting Workshop: Make and take home your own dwarf fruit tree.(Apple and pear rootstocks, grafting knives available for sale.) Visit our web page...

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Smart Home Veggie Garden Planting Day

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Congratulations! You all responded in time to be a part of the MSI Initial Planting Day on Tuesday, April 22 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Please plan on bringing a lunch. We will provide water, gloves and tools. If you have special tools you would like to use please feel free to bring them. We will break a half-hour for lunch. There is a Subway near by and the Museum Food Court as wel...

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2008 Healthy Sprouts Award

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Program Web site : http://www.kidsgardening.com/healthysprouts.asp Sponsor : Gardener's Supply Deadline : October 15, 2008 Purpose : The National Gard...

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March Monthly Meeting

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Master Gardeners: Remember that "dark and stormy January night" when we had to cancel our monthly meeting and miss meeting Tim Halbach, from the National Weather Service ? Well, he's baaack! Master Gardener Monthly Meeting When : 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 25...

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Using MG Database Hints

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Good morning Master Gardeners, We soon will be through the first quarter of 2008 and now have 794 Volunteer Hours reported on the NE Region database. It will be easier for all of us if you can report your hours on a weekly/monthly basis. Here are some hints on using the database: Reporting your hours on the NE Region Database 1. Get in...

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MG Intern Training Schedule

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Good morning Interns, This is the schedule for the rest of our MG Intern Classes. Wednesday, March 26 - Organic Day (no quiz) - we meet at Garfield Park Conservatory. You will receive a copy of your final exam-(open book) Wednesday, April 2 - Fruits with Dr. Ogutu, Ag High School Wednesday, April 9 - Final day Both your final exam and your Fruits...

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Invitation to MG Organic Day

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Master Gardeners, Wednesday, March 26, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. is our annual ORGANIC DAY training with our current Intern Class. You are invited to come and join us for the day and earn Continuing Education credit. This class meets at Garfield Park Conservatory. Speakers for the day: Kirsten Akre - ABC's of Organic Gardening Ron Wolford - Worm Comp...

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Polaris Charter Academy Green Day

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Polaris Charter Academy, a new public charter school located on the west side of Chicago, is seeking an instructor for their spring fundraiser on April 26th. This family friendly event will delve into the intricacies of green gardening, as well as make participants aware of the school and it's experiential approach to learning. They are in need of instructors who could speak on...

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Drawing Nature

Drawing Plants Class

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Who : General public, volunteers, lovers of nature What : Drawing plants, this four session sketching class will help you see nature the way an artist does. Combining drawing skills and plant observation, you will learn how to draw what you see. If you haven't drawn a line, this is a great time to begin. If you love to draw, join us. There is always more...

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Garfield Park Conservatory Celebration

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Master Gardeners, As part of their 100th anniversary celebration Garfield Park Conservatory is holding a special community night on Thursday, April 10, 5:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. at Garfield Park. Because of our special partnership with the conservatory, we have been invited to host a Master Gardener table with just Master Gardener information. If you are especially proud of being a Master...

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Macy's Flower Show Volunteers

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Thursday, March 20 we begin our second weekend of the Macy Flower Show. The first weekend was very successful and I know this one will be also. Here is our crew for the three days. On Easter Sunday, the Easter Bunny works, we do not. Thursday, March 20: Wil Rutt, Don Nekrosis and Gigi Leonard Friday, March 21: Susan O'Dell, Peggy Coon, Deb Cullen and Marilyn Witney...

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Master Naturalist Project Organizer Position

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Greetings: The new Master Naturalist project organizer position will be based in the Matteson office. This will be a new program in Cook County. We will be collaborating with the Forest Preserve of Cook County, the Field Museum and Lake Katherine Nature Center and Botanic Gardens. Other partners may join us in the...

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Independent Projects Sheet

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Master Gardeners, Every year, you, as Master Gardeners, do many independent gardening projects with churches, nursing homes, schools and pocket parks. Of course, you earn Volunteer Hours for your projects. This year we are making a special effort to keep better track of your independent projects. We also want...

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Project Exploration Job Announcement

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Title: Youth Development Coordinator Reports to: Director of Programs Supervises: Students and interns Project Exploration Background : Cofounded in 1999 by paleontologist Paul Sereno and educator Gabrielle Lyon, Project Exploration is a nonprofit science e...

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School Projects Coordinator Job

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Consortium to Lower Obesity in Chicago Children is looking to hire a School Projects Coordinator. This person will work to strengthen CLOCC's relationships with schools and Chicago Public Schools, staff the school systems working group and coordinate future efforts for CLOCC's role in the area of school-community connections. I think ideally they want someone who knows quite a bit about working...

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Smart Home Volunteer Sessions at MSI

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Dear Master Gardeners, Thank you for your interest in volunteering with the Smart Home: Green and Wired exhibition. Due to the amazing number of applicants I have decided to hold three new volunteer orientations. These orientations will be designed specifically for Master Gardeners. The March 8 th session is no longer available. You will need to atten...

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Volunteer at Doolittle School

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Kate Weinans, our Academic Hourly, will be doing "Lettuce in a Bag" projects with youth and daycare students on: Tuesday, March 11 2:30 p.m. -5:30 p.m. Doolittle Elementary School 535 East 35t...

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Museum of Science and Industry Volunteer Applications

Posted by Ron Wolford -

This is a reminder that your Museum of Science and Industry (MSI) volunteer application has to be turned in to Matt Porth ASAP. If the Museum does not receive your volunteer application by next week you will be dropped from the Smart Home volunteer list. Matt needs to get these forms processed ASAP. We will be in...

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Become a TreeKeeper

Posted by Ron Wolford -

TreeKeepers are volunteers who have become certified by Openlands to give trees the care and maintenance they need to thrive in the urban forest. Classes are taught by professionals from the Morton Arboretum, Chicago's Bureau of Forestry, the Chicago Park District, Chicago's Department of Environment and private arboriculture experts. Discover some things...

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New Schools Online Web Sites

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The University of Illinois Extension has just released two new Web sites for students. The first, Fresh From the World...Where Your Food Comes From , is for third-fifth graders. It discusses 15 different popular foods and explores their histories and origins. Students can gain a new understanding about the food they find in the grocery store and the fact...

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Angelic Organics Job Opening

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Dear Friends: We are very excited to announce that the Learning Center is now accepting applications for an Urban Initiative Program Coordinator! The position will be based in the Chicago office. We are seeking a responsible, highly organized individual to join our urban initiative team to assist with community food system projects and urban agriculture training. At least three...

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