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King County Master Gardener Education Events

NOTICE – Message regarding education event cancellations.
In accordance with the latest guidelines from the King County Department of Health regarding COVID-19 we are suspending in-person MG gatherings until further notice. We are asking those who have coordinated in-person CE events to cancel, reschedule, or if feasible, to hold those events online. Watch this page for event updates.

Free Workshops and Talks for All

These classes and talks listed are offered by King County Master Gardeners and do not require advanced registration. The classes and talks are open to the public as well as other Master Gardeners. Additional local gardening classes are listed below.

NOTICE: In keeping with the recommendations from the State Governor’s office and King County Department of Health, all face-to-face workshops and talks have been cancelled until further notice. Some of these events are moving online. See below.

  • Bellevue Demonstration Garden free Saturday workshops. Talks are offered offered online via the Zoom platform and will resume in Spring 2021. These talks are sponsored by MGFKC and Bellevue Parks & Community Services.

Classes for All Requiring Registration and/or Fees

The following classes and talks are open to the public and to Master Gardeners. Events listed here may require pre-registration, and some may also require fees to register. See each event registration for details.

  • Growing Groceries. This educational series begins October 7, 2020 and focuses on teaching how to grow healthy food using research-based sustainable gardening practices. The 2020-2021 Growing Groceries classes are listed on https://www.mgfkc.org/education/growinggroceries with links for more detailed descriptions of each class along with resources to enhance your learning. A separate  registration is required for each class in the series. You cannot register for more than one class at a time. Use the registration link for each class to sign up.
  • Home Horticulture Training. Washington state residents 18 years of age and older can learn to be better home gardeners and stewards of the environment. WSU Extension is offering a new online class from Jan. 9 through Apr. 24, 2021, on a wide range of horticulture topics following many of the Master Gardener training topics. Registration is limited and opens Nov. 14, 2020. Follow the link above to find out more.

Online Continuing Education

Several sites offer online education that can be counted for CE credit for Master Gardeners. The Online Continuing Education web page offers a list of approved, pre-recorded, on-demand opportunities that count as continuing education for Master Gardeners, including classes, webinars and online workshops offered by King County Master Gardeners along with accredited institutions/horticulture organizations.

CONTINUING EDUCATION

What counts as CE for Master Gardeners? Those classes that will improve a volunteer’s knowledge and skill base for performing work as a horticulture adviser and serving as a resource on issues of sustainable gardening for home gardeners.

A large part of the Master Gardener experience is sharing our knowledge with others and continuing to learn with other members. Learning takes place in many ways, and the Master Gardener Program is offering more ways to learn and keep us current than ever before including its community gardens, plant clinics, Ask-a-Master-Gardener e-clinic, workshops with Master Gardener’s and expert horticulturalists, online learning through WSU Extension and our websites, Diagnostics Lab and more.

TRAINING TO BECOME A MASTER GARDENER

The Master Gardener Program of King County will not be conducting training for new Master Gardeners in 2021. Find more information about becoming a Master Gardener on the WSU Extension Master Gardeners of King County Becoming a Master Gardener web page: https://extension.wsu.edu/king/gardening/become-a-master-gardener/.

Where else to find up-to-date information about Master Gardener training and Master Gardener advanced continuing education classes?

Other GARDENING WORKSHOPS & CLASSES

WSU MASTER GARDENER ADVANCED EDUCATION CONFERENCE

WSU offers a multi-day, state-wide conference for Master Gardener interns and veterans alike most years. The host site for this conference moves around the state to different counties It is an opportunity to meet other Master Gardeners, explore advanced education sessions, hear talks about statewide issues, learn about updated policies, and the latest research-based information about soil, common plant pests and diseases, and gardening skills.

2020 WSU Advanced Ed ConferenceSAVE THE DATES for the 2021 WSU Master Gardener Advanced Education Conference, Learn. Grow. Connect. When? This conference has been rescheduled for Fall 2021. Where? Port Townsend, WA. Learn more at https://mglearns.org/ and updates on the new schedule. Conference classes qualify for Continuing Education.

  • Conference Fact Sheet – Updates about location, speakers and registration [Aug 2019]
  • Special panel discussion on Community Gardens and Food Banks. The panel will be comprised of 4-6 program coordinators that support (or have supported in the past) a community garden, food bank, or other community food program.  Panel topics will include:
    • Program Structure
    • Program Partners
    • Formal vs. Informal Agreements
    • Complying with WSU Extension policies
    • Educational Components
    • Volunteer Hour Reporting
    • Managing Non-MG involvement
    • Successes, Failures, Best Practices, Watch-outs, Publicity, Awards, etc.

SAVE THE DATES for the 2021 International Master Gardener ConferenceSix days of tours, workshops and education in the Commonwealth of Virginia, September 12 – 17, 2021 in Norfolk, Virginia.

What is the KCMG Education Committee?

The King County Master Gardener Program Office Education Committee is interested in planning workshops and events of interest to Master Gardeners. The MG Foundation supports the MGFKC Program Coordinator and provides volunteer leadership for King County Master Gardener continuing education opportunities. If you would like to be involved in this activity, contact the Program Office at king.mg@wsu.edu  for information about becoming involved.

The MG Foundation and its Education Committee is always interested in suggestions for workshops and for venues that would work for you. Contact Jim Olson, President, at president@mgfkc.org to find out more about the Education Committee.

Last updated November 2020

 

 




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