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Cornell Cooperative Extension of Erie County Consumer Horticulture Program to Host New Master Gardener Volunteer Training in 2017


Cornell Cooperative Extension of Erie County New Master Gardener Volunteer Training Classes, Fridays, February 24th to April 7th

Application Deadline: January 20, 2017 11:00 am

Location: Most classes will be held at the Cornell Cooperative Extension office (located in the Print Shop Building on the Roycroft campus), at 21 South Grove Street, East Aurora, NY 14052

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Erie County (CCE Erie) Master Gardener and Consumer Horticulture Programs are pleased to announce that classes to train new CCE Master Gardener volunteers in Erie County will be offered on Fridays, from 8:30 am to 3:00 pm, beginning February 24, 2017 and ending April 7, 2017. There may be slight changes to this schedule to accommodate certain speakers. Most classes will be held at the CCE Erie offices in East Aurora, with the possibility of an occasional class session in Buffalo.

The training classes provide six weeks of instruction followed by testing in key areas relevant to carrying out the duties of a CCE Erie Master Gardener volunteer including Botany, Soils, Composting, Climate Change, Pest Identification and Management, Wildlife Management, Plant Diseases, Native Plants, Pruning and Lawn Care. Seven hands-on projects/events with site visits are also planned. Participation in at least three of the events is required. Once the training requirements are met, the Trainee becomes a Master Gardener Program Apprentice and must complete 50 hours of volunteer service for each of the next two years to become an Active Program Volunteer.

Selected course participants will pay a course fee of $225. Class size is limited to 30.  Each trainee is expected to attend all training classes with any missed sessions to be made up at the discretion of the supervising CCE Erie Educator.

Download and complete the Volunteer Application and Background Screening Authorization/Consent Form below. To APPLY to the Training, complete these forms and mail to:

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Erie County

RE: 2017 Master Gardener Program Training

21 South Grove Street; East Aurora NY 14052

All paperwork must be received by the CCE office no later than January 20th, 2017 at 11:00 am. Please do NOT send payment for the classes until you receive an acceptance letter!

Applicants will be contacted for interviews by the CCE Erie Master Gardener Education Committee in January.  Please respond promptly to this request.  Acceptance letters will be mailed February 3rd.   If you have questions, please contact Sharon Bachman at 716-652-5400 x 150 or   For persons with disabilities requiring accommodations, please contact the CCE Erie Master Gardener Program office when you submit your application.

Additional information about the CCE Erie Master Gardener Program is available on the CCE Erie website ( and from Cornell’s Garden Based Learning Program


About Cornell Cooperative Extension of Erie County

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Erie County (CCE Erie) puts knowledge to work to build stronger communities. CCE Erie provides educational programs in Agriculture, 4-H Youth Development, Nutrition, and Consumer Horticulture. Currently, CCE Erie offers training and educational programs to support the efforts of our over 100 Master Gardener Program volunteers.

Below are the documents and forms you will need if you would like to become a Master Gardener:

Master Gardener Recruitment Letter

Volunteer Application

Intro the the Master Gardener Program

2017 Background Check Form

CCE-Erie Master Gardener Policy Statement

Last updated October 18, 2017