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Steps to Becoming a Master Gardener Volunteer

 

The Tulsa Master Gardener program is looking for active adults that enjoy interacting with people, get along well with others, are life-long learners and are ready, willing and able to volunteer their time to enhance the numerous Master Gardener community outreach programs.

The training program for new Master Gardener Volunteers is offered once a year beginning in September.

For those interested in training, the two orientation sessions for 2016 will be held at the Tulsa County OSU Extension Center at 4116 E. 15th St. on the first 2 Wednesdays of August--August 10th at 10am and August 17th at 1pm. The orientations last approximately an hour and will review the requirements to participate in this year’s class, provide an overview of Master Gardener programs and outline the requirements of volunteer hour participation after training is completed. You may attend either session.

Following orientation, interested parties are invited to sign-up for an interview. If accepted into the program, attendance begins on the first Wednesday of September and continues each following Wednesday through the second Wednesday of December. The cost for the classes will be $250. Class size is limited to approximately 40 participants.

The education curriculum consists of over 70 hours of instruction by OSU faculty and OSU extension horticulturists. Topics covered include lawns; ornamental trees and shrubs; annual and perennial flowers; insect and disease management; soils and plant nutrition; vegetable gardening, organic gardening and much more. These classes provide a good background in horticulture and prepare you to confidently deal with most gardening problems. Learning is ongoing during all the activities.

No previous horticultural training or education is required to enter the Master Gardener program—training starts with the basics. You do have to be able to use a computer and have an email address.  Not only do you learn a lot, but you will make new friends, joining the group of over 375 Tulsa County Master Gardeners.

Come to the orientation and learn about the program, it may be the perfect fit for your volunteer activity.

Questions may be emailed to:  mg@tulsamastergardeners.org
Phone inquiries to:   Fran Palmer 918-746-3707

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