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Master Gardener Training

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If you have a desire to learn more about gardening and then share your knowledge with others than the University of Illinois Extension Master Gardener volunteer program may be for you. Under the new training format, training will be done on a multi-county basis.

Master Gardeners are adult members of the community who are interested in learning more about lawns, trees, shrubs, flowers, vegetables, the environment and much more. Master Gardener trainees receive 60 hours of in-depth unbiased, research-based horticulture training from University of Illinois Extension educators and specialists. A Master Gardener Intern is expected to return 60 hours of volunteer service in the year following their graduation. Classes will be offered on Thursdays from 9am to 4pm, starting January 26 and ending April 5, 2012. Training locations will rotate for our area class between Springfield and Decatur, with the possibility of a few sessions offered in Lincoln, depending on numbers enrolled.

Applications are due November 7. If you would like an application or more information about the program, call (217)782-4617 or (217)732-8289. There will be an interview process to go through if you apply. Approximate cost for the training will be $150 per participant.

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