Master Gardener Basic Training: Clinton County

Penn State Extension in Clinton County is accepting applications from individuals interested in training to become certified Master Gardeners.

Date and Location

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Oct 24, 2017, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM


47 Cooperation Lane, Mill Hall, PA 17751

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This training runs from October 24, 2017 through March 28, 2018, 6-9 pm.

Penn State Master Gardeners in Clinton County have extended an invitation to those with an interest in gardening and public service to consider applying to become Master Gardener trainees. They emphasize that it is not necessary to be an expert gardener to become part of the program. New recruits will have plenty of opportunities to expand their knowledge by participating in the extensive basic training program and working with experienced Master Gardeners. Clinton County currently has 12 certified Master Gardeners and 2 apprentices who staff the county’s garden hotline; maintain the pollinator garden; conduct the annual plant sale; write gardening columns for local newspapers; deliver educational programs; and participate in a variety of other projects. The group is expanding its activities to better help local residents become more informed about research-based gardening practices; sustainable gardening; threats facing pollinators such as bees and butterflies; responsible lawn care; the relationships between plants and insects; the value of composting; and a host of other topics. More Master Gardener volunteers are needed throughout the county.

Completion of basic training classes is the first of three steps to becoming a Penn State-certified Master Gardener. The classes help to prepare trainees for the second step, which entails passing the Master Gardener certification exam, a multiple choice test of 100 questions. Upon completion of basic training and passing the exam, trainees graduate to become apprentices in the Master Gardener Program. Apprentices have the opportunity to volunteer with and learn from experienced Master Gardeners.& They are expected to provide at least 50 hours of volunteer time within one year of completing their basic training. Volunteer time can be served in any number of ways, such as answering home gardening questions over the phone or at the Ask A Master Gardener table at the Clinton County Farmers’ Market; speaking to garden clubs, civic organizations, schools, and other groups about horticultural topics; participating in community projects; volunteering at the annual plant sale; or in other ways which help to educate the public about various gardening-related topics as well as the benefits of gardening. Completion of their initial 50 hours of volunteer service is the third and final step in becoming Penn State certified Master Gardeners.

To maintain their certification as Master Gardeners in subsequent years, volunteers are required to provide 20 hours of volunteer service and participate in 10 hours of continuing education annually.

The 2017 Basic Training program in Clinton County will be held on Tuesday evenings from 6:00 until 9:00 pm at the Clinton County Extension Office, 47 Cooperation Lane, Mill Hall, PA from late October through March.

Contact Information



570 726-0022 x3828