University of Illinois Extension Offers Online & Hybrid Classroom Master Gardener Training

The winter sessions of University of Illinois Extension’s popular Master Gardener trainings have been rolled out and will offer both an online option and a hybrid classroom option.

Topics included in the training are flowers, fruits, vegetables, trees, insects, soil, and much more. There are also many different volunteer opportunities after training. Current Master Gardeners maintain demonstration gardens, assist with food donation gardens, and educate adults and youth on good horticulture practices through presentation and the help desks at the Extension offices.

The Online Training option includes pre-recorded presentations. It is self-paced and there are no required meetings. Online training is conducted January through April, June through September and September through December. The fee for online training is $350. Registration for the upcoming winter session is due December 20, 2021.

The Hybrid Classroom sessions are held on Tuesdays, February 15 through May 3 from 9 am to noon. The training locations rotate between the U of I Extension offices in Waterloo and Collinsville. If state guidelines do not allow in-person programs, the classroom training will be conducted via Zoom. The classroom sessions include additional presentations with Extension Educators and hands-on activities. The fee for the classroom training is $250. Registration is due January 21, 2022.

To apply for either Master Gardener session call (618) 344-4230 or (618) 939-3434 for an application. You can also e-mail Master Gardener Coordinator Sarah Ruth at .

University of Illinois offers equal employment opportunities in programs and employment. If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate in this program, please call (618) 344.4230.