Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Program seeking new recruits for fall training class
Monday, June 14, 2021
Extension Master Gardener Volunteers plant and maintain a variety of gardens on the Extension grounds and around Sedgwick County.
WICHITA — Those interested in applying for the Sedgwick County Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Program fall 2021 class are encouraged to attend an informational meeting on Thursday, July 22nd at 1:30 p.m. at the Sedgwick County Extension Center in 4-H Hall. Applications will be available at the event and are available here. The requirements and benefits of the program will be outlined and current Master Gardeners will share their experiences as volunteers.
Master Gardener Volunteer Program trainees participate in an extensive training program through K-State Research & Extension. Volunteers for the Sedgwick County class must be residents of Sedgwick County, be available for daytime classes on Thursdays and be willing to volunteer for the Sedgwick County Extension Service within the community. Cost for the class is $120.00 per person; need-based scholarships are available to defray part of the cost. Applications must be submitted or postmarked by July 30, 2021.
K-State Research & Extension in Sedgwick County is looking for volunteers who are able to devote 48 hours to classroom horticulture training combined with 48 hours of hands-on volunteer service while learning to become Extension Master Gardener Volunteers. The new training class of Extension Master Gardeners begins Thursday, September 2, 2021, and will be held every Thursday through December 16, 2021. Mornings will be in person at the Extension Education Center (7001 W. 21st Street North) and afternoons will be virtual on Zoom, with both sessions required for participation.
Extension Master Gardeners volunteer in the Sedgwick County community through the Speakers’ Bureau, Extension Arboretum and Demonstration Gardens, youth gardening, phone hotline and plant clinic, hosting garden tours and more. Since 1987, 816 Sedgwick County residents have received Master Gardener training from K-State Research & Extension-Sedgwick County. In 2020, despite many program adjustments required due to the worldwide pandemic, Sedgwick County Master Gardeners were still able to contribute over 9,949 hours of volunteer service and gain over 4,613 hours of Advanced Training.