Event Time: Varies (9 to Noon OR 1 to 4 p.m.)
The 10-day course will be held Thursdays (with the exception of one Tuesday) August 25 through October 27, 2022. Some face-to-face sessions will take place 9 a.m. to Noon, while others will be 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The training includes education material that is completed on your own and weekly face-to-face sessions that allow for site visits, networking, and diving deeper into the topics together.
University of Illinois Extension's Illinois Master Gardener program is designed for adults of any age who love to learn about gardening/horticulture. The goal of the program is not to teach you everything there is to know about the subjects being covered, but to give you an engaging exposure to horticulture--one that encourages you to seek lifelong learning opportunities to further your development as an Extension Master Gardener.
This training includes hands-on learning at gardens throughout the four-county unit and digital learning on your own.
$250 - Covers digital learning, field training, handouts, and the Master Gardener manual. Upon completion of the Master Gardener training, graduates who have selected the volunteer option, will become Master Gardener Interns and have 2 years to complete 60 volunteer service hours to become Active Master Gardener. To continue as an Active Master Gardener volunteers must fulfill 30 volunteer hour and 10 continuing education hours annually. Participants wanting to become a Master Gardener volunteer will need to complete an application, background screening and schedule an interview with Extension Program Coordinator, Tara Heath.
Education Only Option
$250 - Covers digital learning, field training, handouts, and the Master Gardener manual. The education only participants will also need to complete an application and schedule an interview with Extension Program Coordinator, Tara Heath.
Applications, screening paperwork, interviews, and course fee, must be received by Aug. 22.
Extension Master Naturalists - Advanced Certification in Horticulture
$125 - Extension Master Naturalists serving in the Fulton-Mason-Peoria-Tazewell Unit are invited to attend the training and receive their Advanced Certification in Horticulture.
For more information:
- Master Gardener brochure
- Fulton-Mason-Peoria-Tazewell Master Gardener Volunteer application packet
- visit our website
- contact Tara Heath, horticulture program coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org or 309-547-3711