Application Period for WSU Master Gardeners of Thurston County Now Open

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The application period for the 2022 Washington State University Master Gardener Volunteer Training program is now open.

The training is presented by the Thurston County WSU Extension Master Gardeners.

WSU extension staff and regional experts will teach trainees how to research and teach the best gardening practices.

“Trainees will also learn how to answer horticulture questions from the public,” a news release stated. “Training topics include basic botany, integrated pest management, soil science, plant identification, pest, … disease diagnosis and more.”

With about 75 hours of comprehensive virtual, classroom and field-based instruction, the 2022 training course starts Friday, Jan. 28 and ends on Friday, June 10.

The release stated trainees will have to complete lesson assignments at home between class sessions.

“After completion of training, participants are asked to share what they learned via horticultural-related community service,” stated the release.

Following all COVID-19 statewide mandates and safety procedures, the WSU Master Gardener program will require all trainees to be fully vaccinated by the first day of class.

The $350 training tuition covers all course supplies and field trips.

“Payment plans and a limited number of full or partial scholarships are available,” stated the release.

The deadline to submit applications is 5 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 10.

For more information, and to apply for the 2022 WSU Thurston County Extension Master Gardener training, go online to extension.wsu.edu/thurston/gardening/wsu-master-gardener-volunteer-training.

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