2024 Statewide Virtual Purdue EMG Basic Training – Extension Master Gardener Program

2024 Statewide Virtual Purdue EMG Basic Training

Tuesday, February 6th, 2024

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Date(s) - 02/06/2024
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

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The Purdue Extension Master Gardener (EMG) Program will hold a statewide virtual Extension Master Gardener Basic Training on Tuesdays, February 6 through May 7, 2024, from 6:30-8:30 PM ET / 5:30-7:30 PM CT via live webinars. Final exam given after May 7.  There will also be a weekly local connection hour with your county’s Extension Master Gardener coordinator. The day, time, and place for the local connection hour will be determined by your county’s EMG coordinator and could be in person, a virtual web meeting, or a combination of both.

Please note: Attendance at the live scheduled statewide webinars and county connections is required to complete the EMG Basic Training. Watching recorded sessions for an unexpected absence(s) should be discussed with the hosting EMG County Coordinator.

Tentative Statewide Webinar Schedule

January 30 Test Connect Session (optional) – test your connection and become familiar with virtual platform
February 6 Purdue EMG Orientation
February 13 Plant Science
February 20 Soils and Plant Nutrition
February 27 Herbaceous Ornamentals
March 5 Weed ID and Control
March 12 Vegetable Gardening
March 19 Insect ID and Control
March 26 Animal Pests
April 2 Pesticide Safety and Alternatives
April 9 Plant Disease Diagnosis
April 16 Invasive Species
April 23 Woody Ornamentals
April 30 Lawn Care
May 7 Fruit Gardening
After May 7 Final Exam, post-test, and post-program survey

Steps for Participating in the Training

Step 1: Application:  Deadline is January 15, 2024, 11:59 pm (ET)

Contact a hosting EMG County Coordinator and they will send you the application information (see below). If you don’t see your county listed, you may be able to complete the training through one of the host counties listed below and transfer to your home county to volunteer. 

Step 2: Registration and Fees (After your application is approved, you will receive registration and payment information from your host EMG County Coordinator.)

  • $185.00 for an individual registration with print version of Purdue EMG Manual.
  • $285.00 for two people sharing a print version of the Purdue EMG Manual, both will need application approval prior to registering and paying.
  • Participants will be able to purchase a digital version of the manual for an additional $25.00.

Spring 2024 Virtual EMG Basic Training Host Counties and Contacts

(If you don’t see your county listed, you may be able to complete the training through one of the host counties listed below and transfer to your home county for volunteer service.) 

If you have questions, please contact mastergardener@purdue.edu.

Purdue is committed to making all programs accessible to participants. If you require auxiliary aids or services or if you have other program-related concerns, please contact our staff at mastergardener@purdue.edu at least 3 weeks prior to the program.


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