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

Volunteer Opportunity: Smart Home: Green and Wired

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Master Gardeners,

In spite of the wind chill factor today, Spring is coming, and you are invited to participate in one of the most exciting joint projects ever: The Smart Home: Green and Wired Exhibit at the Museum of Science and Industry. It will open on May 8, but we need to begin preparations now.

This project will require participation from all of us, so choose an orientation date and sign up now.

Master Gardeners at the MSI Smart Home: Green and Wired Exhibit

Donate Your Time and Talents to this joint project of University of Illinois Extension and Museum of Science and Industry, a World Famous Institution


Plant and maintain the sustainable vegetable garden and share your garden knowledge at the Smart Home: Green and Wired exhibit that opens on May 8, 2008 at the Museum of Science and Industry & runs through January 4, 2009.

Volunteer opportunities include: Planting Team, Garden Groomers, Garden Docents, Garden Photographers, Garden Historians and Ask the Experts.


Master Gardeners who are friendly, approachable and possess a professional attitude and appearance.


Contact your local MG Coordinator. Both Elizabeth Bruhns, and Nancy Kreith, will take your reservation for the Kick-off dates.

Attend one Kick-off training session with University of Illinois Extension staff on either February 7th or 9th, 10 a.m. – Noon to be held at the Museum of Science and Industry.

Complete a MSI volunteer application.

Attend one MSI Volunteer Orientation in either March or April.

Volunteers will be scheduled on Tuesday's, Thursday's and Saturday's.

Volunteers will be required to complete both Extension and MSI background checks.


Hone your sustainable vegetable gardening skills.

Gain knowledge of the Museum, its history and numerous exhibits.

Be involved with this exciting new exhibit and learn about all the green features of the Smart Home: Green and Wired.

Volunteers receive many perks, including: MSI food and shopping discounts, free entry to the Museum, family vouchers and FREE parking.

Meet new people and have a great time.

Elizabeth Bruhns

Master Gardener Program Organizer

Cook County/Chicago

cell # 773-469-8037

3807 West 111th Street

Chicago, IL 60655

773-233-0476 -Fax 773-233-0910



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