University of Illinois Extension Presents Flexible Online Master Gardener Training

The University of Illinois Extension is again offering the Master Gardener training program, this time with a choice between two engaging options that would allow gardening enthusiasts to deepen their knowledge and skills. This program aims to provide a comprehensive horticultural education through 13 modules, covering subjects like soils, fertilizers, plant diseases, entomology, pest management, and organic gardening.

The two training pathways include a self-paced course and a hybrid model that combines online materials with in-person sessions, both of which can be accessed remotely through various devices. In response to varied learning preferences and the need for flexibility, the hybrid course integrates virtual sessions, offering participants a chance to learn through live, interactive experiences.

The hybrid program commences on September 12, featuring 12 weeks of online resources complemented by in-person sessions and hands-on activities. The self-paced course begins on October 2, allowing completion in 14 weeks with a recommended four to six hours of weekly study. The University of Illinois Extension emphasizes that the Master Gardener program is geared towards education and community engagement. After training, participants can volunteer for various community-based projects, from speaking engagements and educational initiatives to garden help desks and community garden establishments.

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