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Kim Isaacson
Program Coordinator, Horticulture
University of Illinois Extension
100 South US Highway 45
Grayslake, IL 60030
Phone: 847-223-8627
FAX: 847-223-9288

Lake County Master Gardeners

Lake County Master Gardeners

APPLY NOW - Lake County Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Training Application


Thank you for your interest in the University of Illinois Extension Master Gardener Program!  The application for the 2018 Extension Master Gardener training class is now available. 

Attached, you will find the brochure explaining the 2018 program, as well as the application.  You are encouraged to complete the application and submit it for receipt by September 15, 2017 to be considered for the Extension Master Gardener Volunteer training class commencing in January 2018. 

Quick facts about the training:

  • Deadline for submission of application documents is Friday, September 15, 2017
  • A complete submission packet includes the completed application and the applicant’s headshot photo
  • All applicants will be interviewed
  • Interviews will be scheduled late September thru early October
  • Completed CANTS background check and Illinois State Police background check release forms shall be submitted at the time of applicant’s interview (Forms provided at the interview)
  • 2018 classes are held on Fridays  
  • The twelve required classes include orientation, core subject matter, volunteer opportunities, program policy and procedure
  • The training day is 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. 
  • Training starts January 19, 2018 and runs through April 13, 2018.
  • Attendance at all 12 classes is mandatory
  • Classes are taught by qualified instructors which include U of I Educators
  • Training fee of $325 is due upon acceptance to the program (Fee includes, but not limited to, the cost of your personal copy of the Illinois Master Gardener Manual, Pest Management for the Home Landscape and handouts)

Send completed application and photo to:

Kim Isaacson
Horticulture Program Coordinator
University of Illinois Extension
100 So. U.S. Highway 45
Grayslake, IL  60030

Or email application and photo to:

Join us at an informational OPEN HOUSE on August 9th, 2017 at the Lake County Extension office from 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.  Extension Master Gardeners will be available to answer your questions regarding our volunteer program.

For additional information, please contact:

  • 2018 Extension Master Gardener Program Training Brochure PDF
    Program description and training information for the Extension Master Gardener Class of 2018

  • Class of 2018 Extension Master Gardener Application PDF
    Complete this application and other instructions to apply for the Class of 2018 Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Program. This application is due September 15th, 2017 Consider attending the Extension Master Gardener Open House on Wednesday, August 9th, 2017 at the Lake County Extension office to learn about this volunteer program and all of its opportunities.

  • OPEN HOUSE Flyer Aug 9 2017 PDF
    Extension Master Gardeners are holding an informational OPEN HOUSE for prospective volunteers on August 9, 2017