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Master Gardener Program - This 2018 class will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Kent County MSU Extension Office, 775 Ball Avenue NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 running from late August to early Dec. 2018. The cost includes the 1,000 page training manual. The cost is yet to be determined.

If you have questions or would like to be placed on the 2018 waiting list, please contact Deb Gulick, the West Michigan Master Gardener Program Facilitator at 616-632-7880 or gulickde.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). We hope you can be a part of this wonderful training in Fall 2018!

Educational opportunities:

Master Naturalist

We are presently reconfiguring the Kent/MSU Extension Master Naturalist Program and have temporarily suspended the series for 2018 but, will be offering individual Master Naturalist conservation education opportunities that may be of interest to you.  Please send your name, address and email address to the Kent/MSU Extension Office at: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) if you wish to receive future program announcements.

Volunteer opportunities:

Master Gardener Volunteer Opportunities

Kent/MSU Extension “Grand Ideas Garden” (GIG) 
ProjectHands on work in the GIG - see VMS Calendar for dates and times
Location: Kent/MSU Extension Office, 775 Ball Avenue NE, Grand Rapids
Contact:  Daniel Davis .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) (616) 813-5659

MG/4-H Youth Focused Volunteer Opportunities
Ada Parks and Recreation Department, Kid’s Garden 4-H Program
Location: Ada Parks and Recreation Building, 1180 Buttrick Avenue, Ada
Contact: Susan Fenton, 4-H Program Coordinator .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), (616) 994-4543
Project: Junior Master Gardener Lead Instructor
The Junior Master Gardener (JMG) Certification program is an additional option for youth.  This will consist of 8 meetings (spread out over spring, summer and fall within the timeframes listed below), and be based on the activities in the JMG Level 1 Handbook.  You will be the lead on this program and have the assistance of the Ada Children’s Garden Coordinator.  A willingness to teach new skills, facilitate educational activities and present to small groups is a must.  This position involves working directly with youth, 4-H will provide any educational/planning assistance as needed.  Specific dates are TBD.

Chandler Woods Charter Academy
Project: Provide assistance with a sustainable gardening project to teach students about maximizing gardening conditions, plants, beneficial insects and garden maintenance.  This is an ongoing, long-term project.
Location: Chandler Woods School, 6895 Samrick Avenue NE, Belmont, MI  49306
Contact: Susan Fenton, 4-H Program Coordinator .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) (616) 994-4543

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Master Gardener Class

This 2018 class will be held at the Kent County MSU Extension office, 775 Ball Avenue NE, Grand Rapids, MI  49503 running from late Aug. to early Dec. 2018.  The cost includes the 1,000 page training manual.  The cost has yet to be determined.

If you have questions or would like to be placed on the 2018 waiting list, please contact Deb Gulick, the West Michigan Master Gardener Program Facilitator at (616) 632-7880 or gulickde.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).  We hope you can be a part of this wonderful training in Fall 2018!

Request for Volunteers

Grand Ideas Garden

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Volunteer Sessions in the GIG

If you would like to visit the Grand Ideas Garden you may use one of the following links for a map.
775 Ball Ave., Grand Rapids, MI 49503