The Application period for the 2023 WSU Thurston County Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Training is open. The 2023 training course has about 75 hours of comprehensive virtual, classroom, and field-based instruction, starting Friday, Jan. 27, 2023 and ending Friday, June 9, 2023. This training is provided by the Washington State University (WSU) Thurston County Extension Master Gardener Program.
WSU Extension staff and regional experts will teach you how to use resources to research and educate best gardening practices. You will also learn how to answer horticulture questions from the general public. Training topics include basic botany, integrated pest management, soil science, plant identification, pest, and disease diagnosis, and more.
In addition, you will complete lesson assignments at home between class sessions. After completion of training, participants are expected to share what they learned via horticultural-related community service.
Tuition for the training is $325 and covers all course training supplies and field trips. Payment plans and a limited number of full or partial scholarships are available.
The training class does have a cap and will be filled on a first come, first served basis. If there is still room, the very last date to submit your volunteer application is 5pm on Friday, December 9, 2022. You must be 18 years old or over to apply.
For more information about the training and the application process, please visit: https://extension.wsu.edu/thurston/gardening/wsu-master-gardener-volunteer-training/