Statewide Virtual Purdue EMG Basic Training – 2023 – Extension Master Gardener Program

Statewide Virtual Purdue EMG Basic Training – 2023

Tuesday, January 31st, 2023

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Date(s) - 01/31/2023
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm


Registration is now closed! 

The Purdue Extension Master Gardener (EMG) Program will hold a statewide virtual Extension Master Gardener Basic Training on Tuesdays, February 7 through May 9, 2023, from 6:30-8:30 PM ET / 5:30-7:30 PM CT via live webinars. Final exam given after May 9.  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 31 Test Connect Session (optional) – test your connection and become familiar with virtual platform
February 7 Purdue EMG Orientation
February 14 Plant Science
February 21 Soils and Plant Nutrition
February 28 Invasive Species
March 7 Insect ID and Control
March 14 Plant Disease Diagnosis
March 21 Weed ID and Control
March 28 Animal Pests
April 4 Pesticide Safety and Alternatives
April 11 Woody Ornamentals
April 18 Herbaceous Ornamentals
April 25 Fruit Gardening
May 2 Lawn Care
May 9 Vegetable Gardening
After May 9 Final Exam, post-test, and post-program survey

Steps for Participating in the Training

Step 1: Application (Application deadline is January 17, 2023.)

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.)

  • $180.00 for an individual registration with print version of Purdue EMG Manual.
  • $280.00 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 2023 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


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