Beginning August 25, 2020, a Purdue Master Gardener Program training series will be offered virtually for residents of Lake County and surrounding areas. The Purdue Master Gardener Program is a volunteer training program that provides a learning framework for participants to increase their knowledge on a wide variety of horticultural subjects. In turn, participants volunteer, representing Purdue University. As volunteers, participants grow by sharing knowledge while providing leadership and service in educational gardening activities within their communities.
Training will be held Tuesdays 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. CST from August 25-December 15, excluding November 24. Materials and expenses for the series of classes cost $175-$200 per participant. The fee will not be collected until after application is accepted. Discounts are available for two participants sharing materials.
While participants can create new educational outreach programs, the Extension Office says there are also plenty of opportunities for which volunteers are needed. Some of these projects include staffing information booths at gardening events, teaching public education classes, speaking to local clubs and organizations, and hands-on demonstration gardens.
For an application or questions about the program, contact Rebecca Koetz, Purdue Extension-Lake County, 2291 N. Main St., Crown Point, 219-232-8058. Applications must be returned to the office by August 14, 2020. Call 219-755-3242 to make an appointment to deliver in person. You will also need to send in a copy of a photo ID, or bring an ID in person by appointment.