WVU Extension Master Gardener training, typically offered through in-person courses organized by WVU Extension offices around the state, will once again be available online via Zoom sessions.
Something we learned through this COVID-induced way of conducting our training is that many people found it very appealing and wanted to have the online training opportunity again this fall. We understand that some prefer in-person sessions, but given the persistence and volatility of the COVID situation, the best approach is to have a hybrid platform.
WVU Extension will continue offering online Master Gardener training classes for the fall, beginning on August 25 through November 22. Classes will be held every Thursday from 6 to 9 p.m. through October. Training sessions in November will be conducted two times a week, Tuesdays and Thursdays, at the same time, 6 to 9 p.m., with the last class scheduled for November 22.
A total of 51 hours of training will be delivered through 17 sessions.
A few training sessions will still be offered in-person. Sessions, like the introductory class, might be offered in-person to allow those in the class to meet and interact with one another. Other sessions, such as plant propagation, pruning and landscape assessments, and student presentations might also be offered in-person, if possible. Think of it as having a "lab" that goes along with the “classroom curriculum.”
Please note that all interested participants will still have to go through their local WVU Extension office to sign up for the program and complete all necessary paperwork. All prospective trainees must undergo the WVU Extension Service volunteer selection process. This process includes a background check, references, and an interview.
Learn more about the WVU Extension Master Gardener Program online: https://extension.wvu.edu/master-gardener-program