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About the program
CMG impact graphic
Training details
Engaging in local projects
Application Info – Colorado Master Gardener Apprentice
Report and renew
Colorado Gardener Certificate option

Are you interested in growing your knowledge and helping others? Do you have 8 hours per week for 10 weeks to devote to training? If yes, the Colorado Master Gardenersm program is for you!

Growing Plants. Growing People.

The Colorado Master Gardener program is a unique intersection between University Horticulture expertise and community volunteers interested in educating locally.

Who are Colorado Master Gardeners (CMGs)? We’re hands on in educational school gardens, we’re helping grow food for local communities, and we’re passionate about pollinators. Some of us are tree huggers, most of us are plant (and insect) lovers. We all get that gardening here takes grit. Which is why we’re providing local expertise for Colorado’s diverse plants and people

We are Master Gardeners. Powered by CSU. Grow with us!

About our program

About our program

We’re looking for volunteers interested in education and outreach using research-based horticulture information. As a Master Gardener, you’ll be a Colorado State University (CSU) Extension volunteer giving back in your local community.

Newly accepted volunteers begin as Apprentices. This means you’re in-training to become a Master Gardener. We provide 10 weeks of core training courses that occur online and in-person. In Pueblo County, one training session is offered each year starting in January through early April. Classes are held on Thursdays each week during business hours. Some classes will be online and will be able to be completed from home when you have time during the week.

Following training, apprentices are encouraged to engage in local projects which vary widely. We require a 50-hour volunteer commitment your first year and you volunteer in your community.

Click here to watch a short video about the Colorado Master Gardener program

Master Gardener Impact Graphic


Master Gardener Impact Graphic

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Training Details

Training Details

Colorado Master Gardeners receive in-depth horticulture training provided by University faculty, staff, and specialists. Training is critical to ensure that all volunteers have access to the information necessary to support our mission.

Our program’s training includes both in-person and online classes offered through CSU Online. Courses are specific to Colorado’s climate, soil, environment, insects, wildlife, and plants. Training is a big commitment and includes reading (online, no textbooks required), homework, in-class activities and lectures. The program is interesting, fun and encourages social interaction with your fellow trainees.

Topics include: Soils & Amendments, Botany, Vegetables, Entomology, Integrated Pest Management, Plant Pathology & Diagnostics, Turfgrass Management, Weed Management, Small Fruits, Science of Planting Trees, and Tree Care.

Apprentices must attend all on-line classes, 80% of in-person classes, and pass the final exam (open book, open note, researching encouraged) with a 75% or better. 

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Engaging in local projects

Engaging in local projects

The CMG Volunteer’s audience is exclusively home gardeners. We answer many questions including those on landscape plants, turfgrass, and trees as well as house plants, vegetable gardens and greenhouses.

Types of volunteer service can include answering phone calls and emails at the Pueblo County Extension office, staffing diagnostic clinics and booths, teaching gardening classes, writing newspaper and website articles and mentoring community gardening and greening projects. 

 

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Apply to become a Colorado Master Gardener Apprentice

Apply to become a Colorado Master Gardener Apprentice

This option has a lower cost, but 50 volunteer hours are required after completion of the 10-week course. Tuition for this course is $185.00, plus the 50 hours of volunteer hours.

If you are an adult (age 18+) and are interested in plant education and outreach and you have time to volunteer in your local community, then it’s time to If apply! Applications can be obtained online beginning in September or through the Pueblo County Extension office, 701 Court Street, Suite C, Pueblo, CO 81003.

Click here to apply:

https://cmg.extension.colostate.edu/about/become-a-colorado-master-gardener-2/#step3

2020 Training Applications due: November 22, 2019

2020 Training Recruitment meetings scheduled for: Tuesday, September 17 and 24 10 am-11 am and 5:45 pm-6:45 pm.

Acceptance into a program is at the discretion of the local county staff and all volunteers must pass a criminal background check. Volunteer interviews are standard to assess the commitment, strengths, and interests each applicant will bring to the program. Extension programs are available to all without discrimination and we proudly uphold the CSU Principles of Community. 

Colorado Master Gardener Application Process

Submit application
Interview
Reference check
Background check
Payment

Payment of cash or check payable to Pueblo County Extension Program Fund. Credit cards accepted through Eventbrite (service fees apply).  Space is limited.

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Report & Renew Annually

Report & Renew Annually (MOVE TO ITS OWN PAGE AND NEW MENU UNDER VMS INFO)

Colorado Master Gardeners are active across the state and their impacts are impressive. We have a user-friendly reporting system so that logging hours, reporting outreach and signing up for projects is simple. We’re required to report our efforts locally and to the state annually – we want to show off the good work our volunteers are doing!

After we’ve put our outdoor gardens to bed, we start our annual renewal process for all Master Gardeners. The Master Gardener year runs from November 1 to October 31. Continuing CMGs must contribute at least 24 hours of volunteer service annually and complete 12 continuing education hours (often provided by the local CSU Extension office or online). CMGs in good standing complete renewal paperwork and contribute annual dues ($35) to recommit for the upcoming year.

Click here for renewal form:
https://colostate.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0qYlUFuXfrem4fj

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Colorado Gardener Certificate Option

Colorado Gardener Certificate Option

No volunteer hours required, but the cost for the 10-week course is $530.

Adults (aged 18+) interested in taking the Colorado Master Gardener (CMG) training without a volunteer commitment may enroll in the same course for a higher fee in lieu of volunteer service. This option is referred to as the Colorado Gardener Certificate program.

Training Courses & Expectations

You’ll receive in-depth horticulture training provided by University faculty, staff, and specialists.

Our program’s training includes both in-person and online classes offered through CSU Online. Courses are specific to Colorado’s climate, soil, environment, insects, wildlife, and plants. Training is a big commitment and includes reading (online, no textbooks required), homework, in-class activities and lectures. The program is interesting, fun and social.

Topics include: Soils & Amendments, Botany, Vegetables, Entomology, Integrated Pest Management, Plant Pathology & Diagnostics, Turfgrass Management, Weed Management, Small Fruits, Science of Planting Trees, and Tree Care.

Earning your Certificate

Upon completion of the course, you’ll receive a Colorado Gardener Certificate.  However, because there is no subsequent volunteer commitment, participants do not become Colorado Master Gardeners.

The Colorado Gardener Certificate may be displayed in a place of business and used in business marketing. 

 Enrolling

To enroll in this option, send in the completed Colorado Gardener Certificate Enrollment Form with tuition.  Payment of cash or check payable to Pueblo County Extension Program Fund. Credit cards accepted through Eventbrite (service fees apply).  Space is limited.

2020 fees will be $530. This course is comparable to a 4-credit class. In comparison, tuition for a four-credit class is $1,932.

Click here to enroll:
https://cmg.extension.colostate.edu/auditing-the-colorado-master-gardener-training/

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