SDSU Extension Master Gardener Training includes access to online training materials, resource manual, and hands-on classes. Hands-on classes will be held in three locations, over eight sessions. Each session begins at 8:30 am and ends at 4:30 pm local time.
- Huron: June 5, 12, 19, 26; July 10, 17, 24, July 31 @ Dakota Weslyn Campus (939 Ohio Ave SW, Huron, SD 57350).
- Pierre: June 6, 13, 20, 27; July 11, 18, 25 and August 1 @ SDSU Extension Pierre Regional Center (412 W. Missouri Ave., Pierre, SD 57501).
- Rapid City: June 7, 14, 21, 28; July 12, 19, 26 and August 2 @ SDSU Extension Rapid City Regional Center, (711 N. Creek Drive, Rapid City, SD 57703).
Topics that will be covered include:
- Basic botany and taxonomy
- Soils and fertilizers
- Turf and weed management
- Plant pathology/composting
- Tree and shrub care, pest management, tree and shrub ID
- Planting and landscape use
- IPM and pesticides
- Insects and pollinators, biodiversity
- Vegetables and season extension
- Herbaceous ornamentals, native plants, plant propagation
- Working as a SDSU Extension Master Gardener
SDSU Extension Master Gardeners provide current, research-based, consumer horticulture information and education to the citizens of South Dakota through SDSU Extension Master Gardener projects and services. Through the Master Gardener program, interested volunteers receive training in horticulture and environmental topics of special value to home gardeners. In exchange for their training, SDSU Extension Master Gardeners share their time and knowledge on approved projects within their communities. SDSU Extension Master Gardeners are registered SDSU volunteers, required to complete a background check in compliance with SDSU Policy 4:8, including a background check prior to service.
The deadline for registration is May 19, 2018. Please select which location you would like to attend training during registration. For more information contact Aimee Ladonski, SDSU Extension Volunteer Development Field Specialist or David Graper, SDSU Extension Horticulture Specialist & Master Gardener Program Coordinator. You will be asked to complete a brief online application during the registration process. There are four training options:
Training Options for the General Public
- SDSU Extension Master Gardener training with volunteer commitment ($250): After completing the course and passing the final exam, participants will complete the SDSU background check and provide 50 hours of volunteer service over the next two years to become a certified SDSU Extension Master Gardener.
- Certificate of Recognition in Horticulture training ($600): Participants will receive the same training, but will not be required to volunteer and will not become a certified master gardener.
Training Options for SDSU Staff
- SDSU Staff ONLY: SDSU Extension Master Gardener training with volunteer commitment ($250): After completing the course and passing the final exam with at least a score of 80%, participants will complete the SDSU Background check and provide 50 hours of volunteer service over the next two years to become a certified SDSU Extension Master Gardener. To maintain certification, SDSU Extension Master Gardeners serve 20 hours of service annually and complete 10 hours of continuing education annually. Participants are also eligible for 6 CEUs. You may apply hours served during the course of your workday if it is horticulture related and in service to the Master Gardener Program or educating the public about home gardening and horticulture. Otherwise, Master Gardener service hours should be fulfilled on personal time. Eligible for 6 CEUs.
- SDSU Staff ONLY: Certificate of Recognition in Horticulture training ($600): Participants will receive the same training but will not be required to volunteer and will receive a Certificate of Recognition in Horticulture. Participants in this category will not receive the Master Gardener title but they are eligible for 6 CEUs.
Payment Options: Select the Order Now button to pay with a credit card. If you would like to pay with a check, select Show other payment options and choose the Pay Offline button. Checks can be mailed to iGrow, SAG 217, Box 2207, SDSU, Brookings, SD 57007. State employees should register using the 'Pay Offline' method and contact iGrow to make arrangements to pay with a non-cash journal voucher.
Scholarships: For those in need, limited scholarships are available to pay for a portion of the fees to become a Master Gardener. For more information, email us or call 605.782.3290.
Application: You will be asked to complete a brief online application during the registration process.