Training offered for Master Gardener volunteers

Time is running out to sign up for Master Gardener volunteer training through the Shawano County University of Wisconsin-Extension. The training session will begin Sept. 13 and run through Dec. 13.

The course work prepares participants to help others in their community, for example, by assisting with community beautification projects, performing horticultural demonstrations and answering plant care questions. Course instruction is free; however, the instructional materials cost $150. Included in these materials are the instruction manual, access to the online Foundations in Horticulture site and numerous take-home materials that are part of the hands-on skill-building sessions, which are the main feature of the course.

Although each evening will cover a different topic, there will be some type of hands-on or outside activity nearly every session, allowing participants to better understand plant management principles they can then use to help others during their volunteer hours. Classes will be held at the Shawano County Courthouse, 311 N. Main St., Shawano, through Nov. 1; after that time, they will move to Hillcrest Primary School, 1410 S. Waukechon St., Shawano.

All area residents are invited to participate, but space is limited. For information or to request a training application, call Kara Skarlupka at the Shawano County UW-Extension office at 715-526-4863. To download the training brochure, visit https://shawano.uwex.edu/horticulture.