Master Gardener Program
Service Learning Resources
Once you've completed your 40 hours of Horticultural Training it's time to put your new knowledge to work! Participants interested in recieving their Master Gardener Certification are required to complete 40 hours of hands-on service learning, on a volunteer basis, in their community.
Service learning opportunities may consist of answering gardening questions by phone or in person, giving horticultural talks, assisting with community beautification projects, planting demonstration gardens, introducing children to gardening, gardening with seniors and other related activities.
Service Learning Forms
The following need to be completed by all trainees prior to the start of service learning activities:
Master Gardener Code of Conduct Agreement
Master Gardener Position Description and Photo Release Agreement
Emergency Contact Form
Acknowledgement of Risk and Liabilities Form
Service Learning Recordkeeping Form
Upcoming Service Learning
Opportunities in Kenai/Soldotna:
Saturday, May 18, 4-H Tree Sale, Soldotna Creek Park - for more information contact Lydia, firstname.lastname@example.org
Friday/Saturday, June 8/9, Kenai River Festival - for more information contact Lydia, email@example.com
June 23-29, Invasive WeedAwareness Week - for more information contact Lydia, firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday, June 29, 3rd Annual Weed Smackdown, South Peninsula Hospital, Homer
Kenai Peninsula Food Bank Hightunnel and Garden- for more information contact Phil Smith, email@example.com
Opportunities in Seward:
Schoolyard Habitat Porject- for more information contact Matt Gray, firstname.lastname@example.org, 907.224.4621
Seward Chamber of Commerce Flower Beds - there in need of some tender loving care over the entire summer, for more information contact Cindy Clock, email@example.com; 907.224.8051
Numerous Invasive Weed Eradication Projects, for more information contact Jen Kain, firstname.lastname@example.org, 907.224.5244
General Class Information
Students who are taking the class for credit or interested in completing volunteer hours to become a master gardener need to do make-ups for missed classes.
The make-up requires you to:
· inform me which you’ll be doing as a make-up,
· watch and participate in the make-up event,
· provide a short synopsis to the class during one of our regular scheduled class times.
Class Presentations and Resources:
Week 5- Seed Starting and Season Extension
Seed Starting and Season Extension
Organic Seed Sources from Oceanside Farms
Soil Mixes for Starting Seeds
Colored Plastic Mulches
Plastic Mulches in Alaska
Common Vegetables for Alaskan Gardens
Week 7- Weed Control and Pesticide Safety
Weed Control and Herbicide Carryover
Pesticide Use and Safety
Homeowner Pesticide Safety Information for Alaskans
Week 8- Perennial Ornamentals and Pruning
Woody Plants and Companion Perennials
Week 9- No Class
Week 10- Herbaceous Plants and Container Gardening
Annuals for Alaska
Perennials for Alaska
Annuals for Specific Uses
Perennials for Specific Uses
Flowers and Herbs for Drying
Week 11-Raised Bed and Container Gardening
Week 12- No Class
Week 13- Plant Disease and Vertebrate Pest Management
Plant Disease Presentation
Field Diagnosis of Common Disese Problems
Vertebrate Pest Management
Protecting Raptors from Rodenticides
Plants Get Sick Too!
Vegetable MD Online
Week 14- Plant Problem Diagnostics
20 Questions on Plant Diagnosis
Diagnosing Sick Plants
Week 15- Protecting Water Quality and Preserving the Harvest
Water Quality and the Landscape
Harvesting and Storing Fresh Garden Vegetables
Reserach based Food Preservation Resources
Week 17- Postponed until warmer weather! Check back for updates.
What is the Master Gardener Program?
The University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service Master Gardener volunteers provide leadership and educational services to the community in home horticulture. Volunteer service is a large component of the Master Gardener Program and applicants must be interested not only in improving their own skills and knowledge, but also in sharing their knowledge with others. Anyone with an interest in horticulture and helping others may apply for the Master Gardener Program. Even beginning gardeners are welcome!
What is Master Gardener training?
Forty hours of intensive horticultural training is offered for those interested in becoming Master Gardeners.
Classes are taught by University of Alaska Fairbanks professors as well as horticultural professionals from our community.
What is involved in being a Master Gardener?
Trainees interested in completing their Alaska Master Gardener Certification will need to complete an additional questionnaire and interview. Once selected as a Master Gardener, participants are required to complete 40 hours of service-learning on a volunteer basis in their community in addition to the 40 hours of horticultural training. Volunteer services may consist of answering gardening questions by phone or in person, giving horticultural talks, assisting with community beautification projects, planting demonstration gardens, introducing children to gardening, gardening with seniors and other related activities. Not sure how best to volunteer? Don’t worry, UAF Cooperative Extension Service personnel can help you decide how best to use your talents!
When should I apply?
Applications are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Starting in early November an application will be available through the Kenai Peninsula District website. To request that an application be sent directly to you, please call 907-262-5824 or email email@example.com.
Applications must be submitted to the UAF Cooperative Extension Service, Kenai Peninsula District office (43961 K-Beach Rd., Soldotna, AK 99669) by close of business on December 21.
What is the cost of the training?
The entire course costs must be paid prior to the first day of class.