The Summer 2016 Alaska Master Gardener Class is happening now!
Registration for the Summer 2017 Alaska Master Gardener Online Class will open by March 1, 2017.
The Alaska Master Gardener Online Course will give you the tools to not only create a sustainable landscape wherever you live in Alaska--but also help others do the same. The course is predominately self-paced although there are a few due dates to help keep you on track to complete the course work. Coursework consists of presentations (asynchronous), reading, quizzes, a final exam, and several assignments including writing for the Alaska Master Gardener Blog. The course fee is $375.
The Alaska Master Gardener Curriculum includes lessons on botany, starting plants, soil, composting, season extension, greenhouses, landscaping, house plants, entomology, pest management, plant disease diagnostics and sustainable gardening. The course also covers growing vegetables, fruits, berries and flowers.
All required reading material is provided in the course, digitally. Some students may wish to purchase a hard-copy of the Sustainable Gardening: Alaska Master Gardener Manual but it is not required.
If you prefer to participate in a classroom-based course, go here to see where and when the nearest face-to-face course is and contact the instructor for more information.
Note: 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:
- Want to study Sustainable Gardening in Alaska and volunteer 40 hours of their time to teach others what they learned.
- Enjoy a mostly self-paced, Online learning opportunity.
Alaska Master Gardener Blog
As part of the course and for volunteer hours, students write for the Alaska Master Gardener Blog.
If you would like to write for the Alaska Master Gardener blog, then 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."