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2020 Extension Master Gardener & Pro-Hort Course Information

Master Gardener Program

The NDSU Extension Master Gardener Program is not an ordinary education program. An ordinary course would teach you the basics of horticulture. The Master Gardener program goes beyond ordinary and invests in creating leaders to serve the needs of their communities. Master Gardeners become ambassadors to assist NDSU Extension in providing accurate and environmentally sustainable horticultural advice. Are you ready to be extraordinary?

2020 Extension Master Gardener & Pro-Hort Courses

Thank you for your interest in NDSU Extension Master Gardener! We are excited to offer both the Master Gardener Core Course and Professional Horticulture Course beginning in January 2020. Please read below to learn the differences between the course modules. Also, please note that we will not be offering either the Master Gardener or Pro-Hort course in 2021 as we will take that year to focus on our current network of premium volunteers.

Enrollment Options

Option 1: Extension Master Gardener Core Course

The Core Course leads to Master Gardener Certification after successfully completing coursework and volunteering 48 hours over two years in cooperation with NDSU Extension in your home county. After initial certification, MGs maintain their active status by meeting annual volunteer and continuing education requirements. Active status allows for invitations to conferences, private learning opportunities, and group trips. The application period for this course is October 14, 9:00 a.m. - November 18, 3:00 p.m.

Residency Requirements

To apply to the NDSU Extension Master Gardener Core Course you must be a resident of North Dakota living in a county currently accepting applications (see list below) or living in a county in Minnesota, South Dakota, or Montana that borders a North Dakota county accepting applications. You must also be 18 years of age at the time of application.

ND counties accepting applications for the Core Course: Barnes, Bottineau, Bowman, Burleigh, Cass, Emmons, Grand Forks, Kidder, McLean, Mountrail, Pierce, Ransom, Renville, Richland, Sargent, Stutsman, Towner, Walsh, Ward, Wells, and Williams.

If your county of residence is not accepting Master Gardener applications:

  • consider Option 2: Professional Horticulture Course (information below)
  • you may complete the course and two-year internship in an adjacent county that is accepting applications

Contact the NDSU Extension Master Gardener Program with any questions regarding these options.

Core Course Classroom Options

Fargo Training: The NDSU Extension Master Gardener Core Course is taught on campus at NDSU where it is recorded for later use by online learners. Those of you accepted into the Master Gardener core course who live in or near Fargo will be given the option of the classroom setting. Most course hand outs and all quizzes are available only online; high-speed internet access, an active email account, and good computer skills are a requirement for the course.

  • Dates: Fridays, January 24 - April 3, 2020
  • Time: 9:00 a.m. - noon (c.d.t.) (no class March 20)

Online Training: Watch live online lectures using Zoom webinar technology or view recorded class videos from the comfort of your own home! All assignments and quizzes are available online. Questions can be posted to online chat boards and receive quick responses. The online training program follows the same course dates as the classroom. An active email account, high-speed internet access, computer speakers, and good computer skills are a requirement for the course.

Learn more and apply

Use this link to find more details about the Core Course and to complete the Extension Master Gardener application. 

Option 2: Professional Horticulture Course

Take the Core Course to benefit your career or for personal use. Pro-Hort students may not represent themselves as NDSU Extension Master Gardeners, are not required to volunteer, and are not invited to participate in exclusive Master Gardener events. The application period for the Pro-Hort course is October 14, 9:00 a.m. - December 11, 3:00 p.m.

Residency Requirements: To register for the NDSU Extension Pro-Hort Course you must be a resident of North Dakota or any county in Minnesota, South Dakota, or Montana that borders North Dakota. You must also be 18 years of age at the time of registration.

Online Training: Watch live online lectures using zoom webinar technology or view recorded class videos from the comfort of your own home! All assignments and quizzes are available online. Questions can be posted to online chat boards and receive quick responses. The online training program follows the same course dates as the classroom. An active email account, high-speed internet access, and good computer skills are a requirement for the course.

  • Dates: Fridays, January 24 - April 3, 2020
  • Time: 9:00 a.m. - noon (c.d.t.) (no class March 20)

Learn more and apply

Use this link to find more details about the Pro-Hort Course, link to NDSU Marketplace, our secure registration fee payment site, and register for the Pro-Hort Course.

 

Master Gardener Coordinator/Extension Horticulturist:

Esther E. McGinnis, Ph.D.

North Dakota State University

Department of Plant Sciences

NDSU Dept. 7670

PO Box 6050

Fargo, ND 58108-6050

Phone:  701-231-7406

esther.mcginnis@ndsu.edu

 

For More Information

Contact Dr. Esther McGinnis or Shannon Ueker, Extension Administrative Assistant (shannon.ueker@ndsu.edu); phone: (701) 231-7971 or contact your local NDSU County Extension office.

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