Coconino Master Gardener Association

Fall Harvest a photo from Debi Stalvey.

Welcome to the Coconino County Master Gardeners' Association Blog. The mission of the Coconino Master Gardener Program is to support the University of Arizona by providing researched-based information on environmentally responsible gardening and landscaping to the public.
The program creates a corps of well-informed volunteers, and delivers quality horticultural education programs adapted to our regional high elevation environment. The mission of the association is to provide support for those volunteers and Master Gardener graduates, continuing education, and opportunities to participate in community programs that increase the visibility and participation in the Master Gardener Program.
On this site you will find gardening news, links, a calendar for local events, volunteer opportunities, book reviews, agenda/minutes for our association monthly meetings, and association documents and contacts.
The Coconino County Master Gardener Association was founded in 2009 by a small group of master gardeners with the help of Hattie Braun the Director of the MG Program. After several small meetings it was opened to all master gardeners on May 21st, 2009. Meetings are held monthly on the 2rd Thursday of each month from 6:30pm - 8:30pm. We meet at the Viola's Flower Garden (610 S. 89A (site of the old Jackson's Grill)). The agenda usually includes continuing education and a short business meeting. Watch this blog for the agenda and minutes for all meetings. Contacts for the association (officers and committee chairs) are listed at the bottom of this blog.

Reporting Master Gardener Hours

All master gardener trainees and certified master gardeners need to report their hours.
Beginning in 2010 certified master gardeners need to have 6 Education hours and 12 Volunteer hours in order to maintain certification.The on line reporting system allows you to report Education or Volunteer hours.
If you have any questions or concerns about the new reporting system, please contact Crys Wells or Hattie Braun. Their contacts are listed at the bottom of the blog under
Contacts.
Link to reporting

Ideas for hours------
--Attend monthly meetings
--Work on an association committee
--Work at an informational booth for the Master Gardeners
--Be a speaker about gardening topics at a variety of venues

--Host a garden tour
--Work at the home show
--Work at a MG site (Olivia White Hospice, the Arboretum, Riordan Mansion, or school gardens (many others)). Check out the Assoc. Doc. & Forms under Volunteer Sites.
--Work in the Extension office
--Write an article for the newspaper column -Gardening Excetera
-Volunteer with the Seed Library
Be creative! There are many ways to fulfill your hours. Just remember for volunteering it needs to be a non-profit endeavor or an approved for profit site.

Change in Contact Information

Have you moved or changed your e-mail address, but would still like to be contacted about high elevation gardening information from the Extension? The Coconino County Extension Master Gardener Program has a site that will let you change your information on-line.

Click here to change your contact information!

Friday, June 22, 2012

Interesting Volunteer Trips for the Summer


This information is from Kirstin Olmon, a botany graduate student at NAU. 
Kristin is doing some very interesting work in the Upper Basin of the Kaibab Forest.  In addition,  the Grand Canyon Trust, Desert Botanical Gardens and Brigham Young University are working in the Vermillion Cliffs National Monument.  Maybe you'd like to help.

Flora of Upper Basin, Kaibab National Forest, Tusayan District:
Kirstin Olmon will be leading trips to the Upper Basin in the Tusayan District of the Kaibab National Forest. The Upper Basin is located south of Grand Canyon National Park near Grandview Lookout Tower and the Arizona Trial. The Upper Basin has historically been overgrazed and is now recovering. This is the second season of collecting in the Upper Basin and trips will focus on the drainages along the Coconino Rim and Lee Canyon.

Saturday, July 28th
Day trip. Leave Flagstaff at 8:30 am and return to Flagstaff by 6:30pm.
Moderate. Hiking in shaded pinyon/juniper woodlands in an area of known archeological interest. Slight elevation gain, no trail.
Wednesday, August 1st
Day trip. Leave Flagstaff at 8:30 am and return to Flagstaff by 6:30pm.
Moderate. Hiking in exposed sagebrush along wash leading to Little Colorado River gorge.
Saturday, August 4 to Sunday, August 5th
One-night car camping trip. Leave Flagstaff at 8:30 am Saturday. Expect to return to Flagstaff around 6:30 pm Sunday.
Day 1: Difficult. Hike approximately 4.5 miles in Pinyon/Juniper wash, 1,000’ elevation gain/loss, no trail. Primitive camping in Pinyon/Juniper woods.
Day 2: Easy. Short hikes (1 mile) in Ponderosa, no elevation gain, no trail.
For more details or to join any of the Upper Basin trips, please contact Kirstin at ko226@nau.edu. If you would like to learn how to key out plants or would like some extra practice, please also contact Kirstin.

Flora of Vermilion Cliffs National Monument:
Kate Watters, Lindsey Martindale, Wendy Hodgson, Emily Thompson, Andy Belus, and Matt Williamson will be leading trips to the Vermilion Cliffs National Monument this summer. This beautiful, remote area is home to four documented special status plant species. The Grand Canyon Trust, Desert Botanical Garden, and Brigham Young University received funding to compile a complete species list and distribution map.
Monday, July 30th to Friday, August 3rd
Rustic car camping. Meet at Grand Canyon Trust office at 7:30am on Monday. Return to Flagstaff by 5pm on Friday.
Strenuous. Days will be spent collecting plants and evenings botanizing at camp. All food will be provided. 
Monday, September 10th to Friday, September 14th
Rustic car camping. Meet at Grand Canyon Trust office at 7:30am on Monday. Return to Flagstaff by 5pm on Friday.
Strenuous. Days will be spent collecting plants and evenings botanizing at camp. All food will be provided.
Friday, October 12th to Tuesday, October 16th
Rustic car camping. Meet at Grand Canyon Trust office at 7:30am on Friday. Return to Flagstaff by 5pm on Tuesday.
Strenuous. Days will be spent collecting plants and evenings botanizing at camp. All food will be provided.
For more information and to sign up for the Vermillion Cliffs trips, please visit:

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D. Lamm

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