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Registration dates set for fall 2017 Master Gardener training

Posted 5/11/2017

Become a University of Nevada Cooperative Extension Master Gardener

University of Nevada Cooperative Extension will hold two registration sessions for fall 2017 Master Gardener Training. Registration sessions will be held on Monday, June 5 and Wednesday, June 14 at 9 a.m. at Cooperative Extension’s Lifelong Learning Center, 8050 Paradise Road, Las Vegas, Nev. Pre-registration is required.

No gardening background is necessary to become a Master Gardener! The most important qualifications are your commitment to complete the training and to share your knowledge through volunteer service. The Master Gardener program is open to adults who accept the stringent training and volunteer commitments.

The Master Gardener mission is to train community volunteers in appropriate desert gardening practices. Eighty hours of class training and 50 hours of volunteer work on approved projects are required in order to become a Master Gardener. Classes are scheduled on most Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 8:30 — 12:30 beginning Sept. 9 through Oct. 30 (based on instructor availability). You must attend all 20 classes. Find information on our volunteer program on our website.

During the registration, an overview of the training and program requirements will be offered and the opportunity to fill out an application and have an interview with a current Master Gardener. Pre-registration is required. Email or call Lori Leas at 702-257-5501 to reserve a space; please indicate the Registration date of your choice. Full details will be emailed to pre-registrants.

For questions about registration, training or volunteer requirements email or call Ann Edmunds, Program Coordinator, at 702-257-5587.

The Clark County Cooperative Extension Botanical Gardens (including the Master Gardener Herb and Rose Gardens) are open to the public Monday - Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Research Center and Demonstration Orchard located at 4600 Horse Road, North Las Vegas, Nev. is open Tues., Thurs. and Sat. mornings from 8 a.m. to noon. Email or call the Master Gardener Help Line at 702-257-5555 for directions or to chat with a Master Gardener about your gardening questions.

In 2016, Master Gardeners answered questions from 1,648 individuals from 91 out of 114 zip codes, 246 emails and assisted 268 walk-in people at the Help Desk. Master Gardeners taught 1,709 classes or spoke to over 31,097 people at community events. Two-hundred, twenty-nine active Master Gardeners working on 35 community projects logged over 35,268 hours. Based on the $23.56 national average, the value of Master Gardener volunteer service to Clark County was $830,916.90.

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