Master Gardeners are trained volunteers who provide educational information to Cooperative Extension clientele. Coconino County Master Gardener Volunteers support the University of Arizona Cooperative Extension by providing researched-based information on environmentally responsible gardening and landscaping to the public.
To become a Master Gardener in Coconino County you must complete a semester long course in Coconino County, and then complete 50 volunteer hours within 13 months to become certified. After that there is an annual requirement of 12 volunteer hours and 6 continuing education hours to remain certified.
The Master Gardener program is a nation wide certification program offered through the Cooperative Extension network for those interested in learning more about the specific gardening and horticulture needs in their geographic areas. The Coconino Master Gardener program emphasizes the needs of high country gardening. Each Master Gardener program involves both classroom learning experience and a hands-on volunteer commitment to share gardening skills with the community.
Training is offered in Flagstaff twice a year. The fall class is offered in the evenings and runs for 13 weeks. The spring class is held in the afternoon and is 14 weeks long. If you would like to be notified of upcoming classes, contact us by phone at 928-774-1868 x170 or by e-mail at email@example.com.
Classes are taught by University of Arizona Extension professionals, Coconino County Master Gardeners and other horticulture experts. The Coconino program covers the challenges specific to high altitude gardening. Topics covered include:
Coconino County's Master Gardener program has two expectations and requirements:
Upon completion of both, you become a certified Master Gardener. To maintain your certification, you must contribute 12 hours of volunteer service and 6 hours of continuing education each year after becoming certified.
Help educate your community by:
Education for you by:
Fun and friendship by:
Anyone interested in horticulture may participate. All you need is an interest in improving your gardening and horticulture skills and the desire to work with and share your knowledge with others.
The volunteer service component of Master Gardeners is your opportunity to share your newly learned knowledge through "hands-on" community involvement. You can participate in a wide variety of volunteer gardening opportunities of your choosing and time schedule. Past Master Gardener participants have chosen to:
Completion of the volunteer service is very flexible to meet your personal schedule and needs. You have 13 months after the last class to complete the 50 hour commitment.
LINK TO REPORTING: Coconino Master Gardener Volunteer Hours
As a Master Gardener you can help to educate and advise home gardeners in your community. Many newcomers and inexperienced gardeners in the high country are in great need of gardening advice. Our climate has unique and challenging growing conditions. Our informative training will give you the knowledge and skills not only to make you a better high country gardener, but the ability and confidence to share your skills and knowledge with your neighbors and community.