The Colorado State University Extension Office in La Plata County is accepting applications for the 2019 Colorado Master Gardener (CMG) program until Dec. 31.
Students will receive training in tree care, vegetables, soils, native plants, water wise gardening, pruning and much more.
The training utilizes on-site and distant education experts to teach a series of multiple classes.
The 12-week series starts Jan. 31 and will take place at the La Plata County Fairgrounds every Thursday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The cost is $170 for gardeners who intend to volunteer, or $530 for a certificate without volunteer time.
The CMG training is equivalent to a four credit-hour course. In comparison, tuition for an instate resident, undergraduate, four-credit class is $1,729 at CSU, plus books and fees.
CMG volunteers are expected to complete 50 hours of volunteer time in the first year and 24 hours in subsequent years.
To receive an application packet, contact or stop by the La Plata County Extension office at 2500 Main Ave. in Durango.
Applications, as well as additional information on the program, are also available online at www.laplataextension.org.