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, September 5, 2014

50th Anniversay of the Wilderness Act Hikes in the Coconino National Forest

The Coconino National Forest will be hosting four hikes in local Wilderness areas every Sunday throughout the month of September. September 3rd 2014 marks the 50th Anniversary of the signing of   the Wilderness Act in 1964. This Act established the National Wilderness Preservation System,         outlining areas of public land that should be saved from development and human interference. These areas are left untouched for the enjoyment of the American people, with opportunities for solitude and primitive recreation. Come out and enjoy the lasting effects of this great legacy!

Sunday, September 7 8:00 am-12:00 pm. Kachina Peaks Wilderness, Inner Basin Beauty.
Enjoy the mixed conifer forest, Basque aspen carvings and the beauty of the Peaks with USFS interpretive rangers in this high elevation, moderate to strenuous hike from Lockett Meadow to the Inner Basin.  Wear sturdy hiking shoes, carry water and bring lunch. Meet at the bottom of Lockett Meadow road to carpool up. For more information: 928-527-8283. 

Sunday, September 14 7:30 am-1:00 pm. Kachina Peaks Wilderness, Humphreys Saddle. Are you ready for a challenging wilderness hike with USFS Interpretive Rangers? This climb to Humphreys Saddle will begin at 9,200’ and end at 11,800’ and will be strenuous! Sturdy hiking shoes, food and water are essential. To be part of this uplifting experience, e-mail for more information.  

Sunday, September 21 8:00 am-12:00 pm. Kendrick Mountain Wilderness, Fire Tower Lookout.  Come out and hike to one of the highest points in northern AZ. Led by Wilderness Ranger Dutch Maatman and Interpretive Ranger Chelsea Schroeder. Uncover the    history of the area, including the 2000 Pumpkin Fire. End the hike at the fire lookout on the summit with spectacular views. Difficulty: Strenuous. Take Hwy 180 north and turn left onto FR 245. At end of rd. (3 miles) turn right onto FR 171.  Meet at Kendrick   Mountain Trailhead off of FR171. 928-527-8283.

Sunday, September 28 9:00 am-12:00 pm. Strawberry Crater Wilderness, More Than Meets the Eye. Moderate 2.5 miles over the exotic landscape of Strawberry Crater, one of the area’s     youngest volcanoes. Meet 16 miles north on Hwy 89 where FR 546 turns off east. High   clearance vehicles recommended. Bring water and snacks. 928-527-8283.

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