The next Alaska Master Gardener Online Class will be offered in Fall 2019. Heidi Rader is the instructor for this class and has taught it for more than ten years.
The Alaska Master Gardener Online Course gives students the tools to create a sustainable landscape for themselves and help others do the same. The course is offered through Blackboard Learn. Educators taking the class will be asked to create garden-based lesson plans (those who sign up for ED F595P). Those who sign up for NRM F595P will be asked to create blog posts for the Alaska Master Gardener Blog. The course is worth 3 credits at the 500 level (CEU Credits for Educators). There are no required meeting times and so the class can be completed at your own pace, although assignments must be completed by the due dates listed.
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.
All required reading material is provided in the course, digitally. Some students may wish to purchase a hard-copy of the Alaska’s Sustainable Gardening Handbook but it is not required. The class is a media-rich experience filled with research-based resources that are relevant to Alaska. You will be challenged and engaged through various assignments--from writing for the Alaska Master Gardener Blog to determining your soil texture.
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:
- 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.
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."