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University of Illinois Extension serving Coles, Cumberland, Douglas, Moultrie and Shelby Counties

Coles County
707 Windsor Road, Suite A
Charleston, IL 61920
Phone: 217-345-7034
FAX: 217-348-7940
Hours: Monday - Friday 8 am to 4:30 pm (Closed 12 - 1 pm)

Cumberland County
102 S. Meridian
P.O. Box 218
Toledo, IL 62468
Phone: 217-849-3931
FAX: 217-849-2411
Hours: Hours: Monday - Thursday 8 am to 4:30 pm (Closed 12 - 1 pm). Closed Friday

Douglas County
122 S Walnut St
Arthur, IL 61911
Phone: 217-543-3755
FAX: 217-543-3757
Hours: Monday - Friday 8 am to 4:30 pm (Closed 12 - 1 pm)

Shelby County
1125 W N 2nd St
Shelbyville, IL 62565
Phone: 217-774-9546
FAX: 217-774-9549
Hours: Hours: Monday - Thursday 8 am to 4:30 pm (Closed 12 - 1 pm); Friday - 8 to 10:40 a.m.

Upcoming Events

2018 Master Gardener volunteer training

January 23 - April 10, 2018
(9:00 AM - 4:00 PM )

University of Illinois Extension Office
707 Windsor Road, Suite A
Charleston, IL 61920 (Coles County)

Would you be interested in helping give back to your community as an Extension volunteer?  Now is the time to apply for the 2018 Master Gardener volunteer training program.  We welcome applicants from a wide range of ages, backgrounds and gardening-related interests. 

To become a Master Gardener volunteer, one must:

•             Be at least 18 years old

•             Have an interest in learning more about the science of home horticulture, and sharing that knowledge with others

•             Enjoy helping people

•             Be dependable, committed and flexible

•             Be able to pass routine background checks as part of our volunteer-screening process

The 2018 training of new volunteers begins on January 23rd and continues every Tuesday through April 10.  The training sessions begin at 9:00 am and finish at 4:00 pm at the Coles County Extension office in Charleston. 

The sixty hours of in-depth, interactive training includes a wide variety of topics relating to home horticulture and includes, fruit and vegetable production, pest management, soil health and fertility, annual and perennial flowers, trees and shrubs, landscaping and more.  

After completing the training, trainees are assigned a current Master Gardener mentor to support them as they give back 60 hours of volunteer time educating the public about horticulture.  After completely these first 60 hours of service, during a two-year period, trainees officially become Master Gardeners. 

There is a cost to attend the 12-week Master Gardener training, which is $150.  The registration fee goes toward the purchase of the comprehensive Master Gardener textbook/reference manual, which is the trainees to keep.   

If you are interested in becoming a Master Gardener volunteer, Friday, Dec. 15, 2017 is the deadline to submit your application to U of I Extension’s Coles County Extension office, 707-A Windsor Road, Charleston, IL 61920.  

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