The next Alaska Master Gardener Online is tentatively scheduled for Summer 2017

Please check this website for updates and dates on the next Alaska Master Gardener Online Course.

The Alaska Master Gardener Online Course will not only give you the tools to create a sustainable landscape wherever you live in Alaska--but also the tools to help others do the same. 

The course includes lessons on botany, starting plants, soil, composting, growing vegetables, growing fruit and berries, flowers, season extension, greenhouses, landscaping, house plants, entomology, pest management, and plant disease diagnostics.

Some students may wish to purchase a hard-copy of the Alaska's Sustainable Gardening Handbook.This is optional as all required reading is provided digitally in the course.

If you prefer to participate in a classroom-based course, check with the course contact for your location for information about upcoming face-to-face Alaska Master Gardener classes.

Note: In addition to passing the course, students must complete 40 hours of volunteer service to become a Certified Alaska Master Gardener.

The Alaska Master Gardener Online Course is ideal for those who:

  • Are very comfortable using and learning new technologies. For this course you'll need to use Blackboard Learn, Wordpress, Microsoft Word, and a mobile app.
  • Have reliable and reasonably fast Internet.
  • Live in a location where a face-to-face class is not offered.
  • Have a schedule that conflicts with when a face-to-face class is offered.
  • Enjoy learning at your own pace (for most of the assignments).
  • Want to study Sustainable Gardening in Alaska and volunteer 40 hours of their time to teach others what they learned.
In addition to completing 12 self-paced lessons and quizzes and a final exam, students will need to complete several other assignments on or before the due date including a soil texture assignment, book review, discussions, record keeping assignment, and two blog posts. For some, writing for the Alaska Master Gardener Blog is the most challenging assignment in the class, but I hope you agree that it is an invaluable resource for other Alaskan gardeners. On average, the course takes students 3 hours each week to complete. The course is pass/fail.
If you have questions, please see review the FAQs or contact us.

What are students saying about the Alaska Master Gardener Online Course?

Leilani Luhrs of Togiak, AK said, "I started the 'garden' movement in my community. Being one the first to garden in Togiak, AK inspired others to try and succeed in gardening. I really loved the program and it helped me become a better gardener in that I can help others achieve what they want in their gardens and it is the same for me."

"The online course provided excellent and accessible information. I utilized the information when I answered questions in the Master Gardener Office and at the Demonstration Garden where I volunteer."

"It was helpful to have specific information for Southeast AK. I'm most excited about knowing how to build healthy soil and plan properly as we build a new garden. Also, it was great to have info in fruit trees and berries - not to be overlooked while planning our home and garden!"

"I started our community garden, and gave gardening classes, soil classes and invasive weed classes as a direct result of my master gardeners certification. Thank you!"

"I learned a lot more about how to use the services and information provided by the Extension Service to have ongoing and continuing gardening education. I am also confident​ that I will be able to pursue my dream of owning a farm for family sustenance and supplemental income."

"This class has changed my gardening way and I can now enjoy doing gardening more than before. I do more research and apply what I learned from there. I can take control of fertilizer and amount of water that need to be applied for each crop. I can decide appropriately which plants should be in greenhouse and outside so that each will grow properly. All of lessons that I learned brought my garden better yields. This class was crucial whether I should do more gardening or not. Now I would like to keep doing gardening without spending much money and get some good results."

"The course provided a well rounded knowledge base to draw from for many growing seasons to come. I enjoyed the course and have encouraged others to take UAF's Master Gardener Course."

"This course gave me the confidence to get my hands in the dirt and try planting new things. My kids have been encouraged to try more veggies- straight from the garden. When I don't know the answer, I have my wonderful Master Gardener manual to fall back on and I have sought out online groups to share and learn information. . ."

"I really loved the course and the online course really made it easy for me to take it."

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