November 20, 2015
Lincoln, Neb. — Nebraska Extension is again offering Extension Master Gardener training throughout the state.
The Nebraska Extension Master Gardener program has been part of Nebraska Extension since 1976, with education offered by extension faculty and staff to participants. The program provides participants in many Nebraska counties with horticulture-related education. Participants then contribute time as volunteers working through extension offices to apply their science-based knowledge about sustainable landscape practices in their own communities.
Participants are required to complete 40 hours of training and 40 hours of volunteer service during the initial year of their involvement in the program. Volunteers retain their certification through annual training and volunteering.
Potential topics covered by the program include plant functions and the growing environment; insect identification and management; turfgrass management; plant diseases and management; weed identification and management; trees, shrubs and herbaceous plant selection and management; wildlife management; landscape design and management; and water conservation and management.
Class times, locations and costs vary across the state, with most classes offered from February through May. For more information, visit http://mastergardener.unl.edu.