Thank you for your interest in the UF/IFAS Extension Collier County Master Gardener Program! The enclosed Sprouting Kit contains information that will be useful to you in understanding the Florida Master Gardener program, as well as the role and responsibilities of a volunteer Master Gardener. It will also give you insight into the Florida Cooperative Extension Service, how it functions, and how Master Gardeners operate as part of the Extension Service.
2016 Master Gardener Training.
University of Florida IFAS Extension Collier County
The UF/IFAS Extension Collier County will select 17 people to participate in the Master Gardener training program in 2017. All prospective candidates must attend the 1 hour preview session on December 9, 1PM; December 14, 10AM; January 6, 1PM; January 9, 10AM; January 18, 10AM; OR January 20, 1 PM. These will take place at the UF/IFAS Collier County Extension (14700 Immokalee Road, Naples, FL, 34120). Please register here to attend any of the sessions: http://colliermgtrainingpreview.eventbrite.com
Return all forms and your check by Friday, January 20th, 2017 to the UF/IFAS Collier County Extension office located at 14700 Immokalee Road, Naples, FL 34120. Att. Master Gardener Program
There is a registration fee of $250.00* (made payable to Collier County BOCC). This fee includes the cost of reference materials from the University of Florida/IFAS. These materials are updated frequently so Master Gardeners always have the most current recommendations approved by the University of Florida/IFAS Cooperative Extension Service.
The classes will start on March 7th and will go through June 1st.
Dates for class are as follow:
March 7, 14, 23, 30, 8:30AM - 3:30PM, March 4 morning only.
April 6, 13, 20, and 27, 8:30AM - 3:30PM, March 25 morning only.
May 4, 11, 18, 25, 8:30AM - 3:30PM
June 1st last day, final test and graduation.
Selection to become a candidate for the Master Gardener Training Program is not predicated on prior training, education, knowledge or experience. Neither does age, race, sex or physical handicap dictate selection. A SINCERE DESIRE TO HELP OTHERS, A DESIRE TO LEARN AND A PERSONAL COMMITMENT TO VOLUNTEER SERVICE ARE THE MAJOR SELECTION CRITERIA INVOLVED. Gardening experience and knowledge are always helpful, but they are by no means a requirement for selection into the Master Gardener Training Program.
*Once the training has started, fees are non-refundable.
A 20-30 minute interview is required for all prospective trainees prior to final selection for training. We will contact you a few weeks before the training to let you know if you have been selected for an interview.
Upon completion of the Master Gardener training class conducted by UF/IFAS Extension, first year Master Gardeners are required to pay back 75 volunteer working hours in activities approved by the Master Gardener Coordinator; 24 of these hours shall be obtained in the County Plant Diagnostic Clinic and 24 shall be obtained in the UF/IFAS Extension Horticulture Learning Center. Also required are 12 hours of continued education within 12 months of the completion of their class.
To remain a Master Gardener in good standing after successful completion of his or her first year of service, one must:
1. Complete 35 volunteer hours during the membership year.
2. Complete 12 hours of continued education training during the membership year.
3. Comply with the Florida Master Gardener policy statement and code of conduct.
Please complete this Sprouting Kit if you are interested in participating in the Collier County Master Gardener Program, we will contact you once we release the date for the next training. All prospective candidates must attend a 1 hr preview session to take place at least two months before the beginning of the training.
If you have any questions, please contact Isabel Way, Master Gardener Coordinator at 239-252-4800 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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