Coconino Master Gardener Association

Another beauty from Cindy Murray. Swallowtail butterfly on phlox.

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 Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church (1601 N. San Francisco). 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
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, August 22, 2014

NPS/USFS Ranger Walks and Talks

Ranger Walks & Talks Event Calendar

August 27-31, 2015

NPS/USFS Ranger Partnership

Campground Programs

· Bonito Campground, Friday, August 28
7:30-8:15 pm. The Search for Dark Skies. Dark night skies allow us to connect with our universe in an incredible and humbling way, but stars are quickly disappearing from view all over the world! Join Ranger Kyle on a journey across Arizona, the United States, and Earth itself to find out where our starlight is going and how it affects us. Along the way, you'll discover some of the darkest and most beautiful skies our National Parks have to offer. At the campground amphitheater.

· Dairy Springs Campground, Saturday, August 29
3:00-3:45 pm. An Exploratory Nature Walk. A fun 45-minute nature walk with USFS volunteers Nancy and Steve Galas on the Dairy Springs Loop Trail. Discover the beauty of a ponderosa pine forest and a riparian habitat. No dogs please. Meet at the amphitheater.

· Pine Grove Campground, Saturday, August 29
7:30-8:15 pm. Hummingbirds of Arizona. Join NPS volunteer Rick Ruess to learn about the tiniest bird in North America and a  personal encounter in nature with a broad-tailed hummingbird. At the campground amphitheater.

Arizona Snowbowl

· Friday, August 28 through Monday, August 31
  10:00 am-4:00 pm.
Enjoy Ranger Talks Atop the Scenic Chairlift Ride every Friday through Monday this     summerThe grandest view in the Southwest at 11,500 feet!
Call 928-779-1951 for further details or visit
 Sunset Fridays: Every Friday through Labor Day Weekend is Sunset
Friday and the chairlift hours are  extended until 6 p.m. Purchase a full priced chairlift ticket between 2 and 6 p.m. and receive a complimentary BBQ.

Ranger Walks, Hikes, & Events

· Thursday, August 27
7:30-8:30 pm. Things that go Bumb in the Night.  Come discover the beauty of the night and learn about nocturnal animals while walking past cliff dwellings in the dark! Ranger Erin Cox will lead this hike. Meet at the Walnut Canyon Visitor Center.  This walk is approximately 1 mile round trip with ~200 feet change in elevation, and is moderately strenuous due to ample stairs and elevation change. Participants should wear clothing appropriate for cooler evening temperatures and should bring a red flashlight or headlamp. Call 928-526-3367 for additional information.

· Sunday, August 30
9:00-11:00 am. Bonito Park Walk. Bill & Ellen Wade lead an easy 2.2-mile, off-trail ramble through the meadow to view late-summer blooms with 360° vistas. Meet at gravel parking lot, south side of Sunset Crater Volcano Nat’l Monument access road 0.8-miles from Hwy 89. Wear long pants, sturdy shoes. 928-637-5175 for more info.

· Sunday, August 30
9:30-11:30 am. Tree ID Walk. An easy 1.5-mile walk along the Aspen Loop Trail with USFS ranger Chelsea Schroeder. Enjoy great views and learn how to identify trees on the Peaks at 9,500 feet! Complimentary Scenic Chairlift tickets for attendees. Meet 6.5 miles up Snowbowl Rd. in the Humphreys Trailhead parking lot; bring   water, snacks, and sturdy hiking shoes. Call 928-527-8238 for more info.

 These informative programs are presented through a partnership between the National Park Service (Flagstaff AreaNational Monuments) and the United States Forest Service (Flagstaff Ranger District of the Coconino National Forest).

Canceled in the event of rain, lightning, fire, snow, or high winds.


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