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UCCE Master Gardeners of Lake Tahoe Training

The University of California invites Tahoe-based adults interested in teaching others sustainable gardening to become a Master Gardener volunteer. You will learn University-based scientific information and then share that knowledge with others. UC Master Gardener volunteers are people of all ages and from all walks of life with a common desire to help others learn about gardening.

2020 Training

The 2020 Master Gardener of Lake Tahoe training program will be a hands-on, fun with a practical application of horticultural practices. The goal will be that you leave the classroom knowing how to implement sustainable gardening practices and how to teach them. 

Who Can Apply?

  • Any resident of the Lake Tahoe Basin for the 25 available openings in the training program.
  • Applicants need Internet access. Most communication will be through email and websites.

How to Apply:

  • Apply today!
  • The application period 12/10/19 - 3/6/2020
  • Phone interviews will be scheduled on an on-going basis as applications are accepted.

What We Will Do:

  • Review applicants. Main criteria for acceptance: 1) prior community service, 2) experience teaching others, 3) passion for helping home gardeners, 4) experience successfully gardening.
  • Conduct phone or in-person interviews as applications are accepted. We will contact you within a week after the interview with your acceptance status.
  • A background check, including fingerprinting, is required to become a Master Gardener. If you are accepted, we will email you a Live Scan form and list of Live Scan locations.
  • Teach you how to research garden issues successfully. Topics and activities will cover basic plant science, propagation, fertilization, irrigation, soil, compost, vegetable gardening, water conservation, trees, Integrated Pest Management (diseases, weeds, insects, small animals), research tools, and outreach techniques.
  • Provide you with plenty of Volunteer and Continuing Education opportunities.

Class Location

Classes will be held at the UC Lake Tahoe Meeting Room, Al Tahoe Campus. 1100 Lyons Ave., South Lake Tahoe, Portable D-2. * some training sessions may be held off-site.

For more information

Contact Robin Cleveland at 530-621-5528 or rkcleveland@ucanr.edu.

What You’ll Do If Accepted into the Master Gardener Volunteer Training Program:

  • By April 3rd, pay the course fee of $90 online or mail a check made payable to “UC Regents” to Robin Cleveland, UC Cooperative Extension, 311 Fair Lane, Placerville, CA 95667.
  • By April 3rd, mail the Live Scan form completed by the Live Scan operator to Robin Cleveland at the above address or bring to the first day of class. #8 form on our Volunteering with UCCE webpage.
  • Attend scheduled training sessions from Fridays, April 17th - December 4th, 2020. 
  • Answer gardening questions at farmers markets, garden tours and other local events, at demonstration gardens & school gardens in Lake Tahoe, or at public classes. Help with program activities offered through a variety of internal committees.
  • Complete 50 volunteer hours your first year, then 25 volunteer and 12 continuing education hours annually.
  • Post your volunteer and continuing education hours on our online Statewide MG Volunteer Management System. (We provide instructions).
  • Attend monthly MG Continuing Education meetings as often as possible.

What You’ll Get

  • Multiple University of California publications including the California Master Gardener Handbook; discounts on other UC publications.
  • Certificate of Completion of Class Instruction after completing the training program and passing the take-home, open-book examination.
  • Regular Continuing Education meetings with speakers and activities on in-depth gardening topics.
  • Frequent notifications of Volunteer and Continuing Education opportunities and other program information.
  • Annual recertification as an active MG after you post online at least 50 Volunteer hours by June 30, 2022. (Future years’ annual requirements are 25 Volunteer and 12 Continuing Education hours.)
  • Joy and satisfaction that you're helping other gardeners grow more nutritious vegetables and fruits, you’re making new friends, and working with others to help create a more sustainable environment.