Polk County Master Gardeners

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach in Polk County

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About Polk County Master Gardeners

The Master Gardener Program is a volunteer service program where adults are given advanced training in horticulture in exchange for volunteer service to the community. 

The mission of the Master Gardener Program is to provide current, research-based, home horticulture information and education to the citizens of Iowa through ISU Extension programs and projects. Through their participation in educational activities, Master Gardeners also increase their own personal knowledge in horticulture.

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Become a Master Gardener

Make an impact by becoming a Polk County Master Gardener! Master Gardeners receive advanced horticulture training from ISU Extension and Outreach, and in exchange provide volunteer service to our community. 

Learn more about the process to become a Master Gardener. 

Contact Us

Interested in becoming a Polk County Master Gardener volunteer, or have questions about the program? Contact ISU Extension and Outreach, Polk County:

Staff: Kalsa Parker Browning - Natural Resources Program Coordinator

515-957-5768

polkmg@iastate.edu

History

Since 1979 more than 15,130 people statewide have completed the Master Gardener volunteer training thanks to Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. Extension Master Gardeners is an internationally recognized volunteer program. The program exists in all fifty states, and in Iowa is coordinated by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach with support from the Department of Horticulture.

The first Master Gardener Program was initiated in King County, Washington in 1972. In response to overwhelming requests for horticulture information, the extension agent came up with the idea of trading specialized training in horticulture for a commitment to spend a specified number of hours doing volunteer outreach work for extension. The Iowa Master Gardener program was first piloted in Scott County in 1979. Today, there are Master Gardeners in more than 80 of the state’s counties. Each year Iowa Master Gardeners provide more than 100,000 hours of volunteer service back to their communities.


About ISU Extension and Outreach, Polk County

Since 1916 ISU Extension and Outreach Polk County has served its residents by connecting them to research and resources developed by Iowa State University. Knowledge and programs offered through the ISU Extension and Outreach, Polk County office have been specifically tailored to represent, enhance, and meet the needs of Polk County residents and community. For 2021 ISU Extension and Outreach, Polk County will focus on local issues including: K-12 youth outreach, well-being, nutrition, and community development. ISU Extension and Outreach, Polk County is a part of a 99-county campus backed by research to serve all Iowans to create a strong Iowa.



Upcoming events

    • 12 Jan 2023
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Polk County Extension Office
    Register

    Presenter: Tivon Feeley

    Topic: Forest Pest Planning & Native Tree Planting -EAB and spotted lanternfly will also be discussed.

      Thursday, January 12, 2023
      6:30 - 9:00 PM  (2.5 hours of education)

      Agenda:
      6:00 PM  Soups on! Bring a side if you like or just come to eat!

    If you can bring a soup please contact Mary Poulter


      6:30 PM  Housekeeping/introduction/Program Begins
                      Join Tivon Feeley and learn about
      9:00 PM  End of evening

    This event is 2.5 hours of education credit for Polk County Master Gardeners toward their continuing education credits. Master Gardeners must complete 10 hrs. yearly.  5 of those hours should be in person or a live webinar with Q&A.  

    • 9 Feb 2023
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • ISU Extension Office
    Register

    Come to the extension office for 2.5 hours of education on Thursday, February 9, 2023.

    Topic: TBD

      Thursday, February 9, 2023
      6:30 - 9:00 PM  (2.5 hours of education)

      Agenda:
      6:00 PM  Soups on! Bring a side if you like or just come to eat!

      6:30 PM  Housekeeping / Introduction / Program Begins
                      
      9:00 PM  End of evening

    This event is 2.5 hours of education credit for Polk County Master Gardeners toward their continuing education credits. Master Gardeners must complete 10 hrs. yearly.  5 of those hours should be in person or a live webinar with Q&A. 

    A soup supper will start at 6 p.m. before the 6:30 p.m. presentation.

    • 23 Mar 2023
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • ISU Extension Office
    Register

    Come to the extension office for 2.5 hours of education on Thursday, March 23, 2023.


    Topic: TBD

      Thursday, March 23, 2023
      6:30 - 9:00 PM  (2.5 hours of education)

      Agenda:
      6:00 PM  Soups on! Bring a side if you like or just come to eat!

      6:30 PM  Housekeeping / Introduction / Program Begins
                      
      9:00 PM  End of evening

    This event is 2.5 hours of education credit for Polk County Master Gardeners toward their continuing education credits. Master Gardeners must complete 10 hrs. yearly.  5 of those hours should be in person or a live webinar with Q&A. 



    • 20 Apr 2023
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • ISU Extension Office
    Register

    Come to the extension office for 2.5 hours of education on Thursday, April 20, 2023.


    Topic: TBD

      Thursday, April 20, 2023
      6:30 - 9:00 PM  (2.5 hours of education)

      Agenda:
      6:00 PM  Soups on! Bring a side if you like or just come to eat!

      6:30 PM  Housekeeping / Introduction / Program Begins
                      
      9:00 PM  End of evening

    This event is 2.5 hours of education credit for Polk County Master Gardeners toward their continuing education credits. Master Gardeners must complete 10 hrs. yearly.  5 of those hours should be in person or a live webinar with Q&A. 



    • 17 Jun 2023
    • Cedar Valley Arboretum

    Polk County Master Gardeners are happy to host our 2023 one day bus trip. Our plan is to go to the Waterloo-Cedar Falls area. We will be visiting the Cedar Valley Arboretum, shopping at a plant nursery and joining in a tour of private gardens in the area. We are also hoping to incorporate some education hours into the trip as well. Details on registration and the day's event TBD. 


Contact Us
Office: 515-957-5768
polkmg@iastate.edu

ISU Extension and Outreach, Polk County:
1625 Adventureland Dr.
Suite A | Altoona, IA 50009

extension.iastate.edu/polk/

This institution is an equal opportunity provider. For the full non-discrimination statement or accommodation inquiries, go to www.extension.iastate.edu/diversity/ext.  


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