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!

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

NPS/USFS Ranger Partnership Events May 22-25

Subject: NPS/USFS Ranger Partnership Events May 22-25

Ranger Walks & Talks Event Calendar
May 29-May 31, 2015
NPS/USFS Ranger Partnership

Campground Programs
· Bonito Campground, Friday, May 29
8:00-8:45 pm. The Ways and Whys of the Universe. Come join a ranger at the amphitheater for a 45  minute chat and star viewing, and discover the wonders of our universe that have
captivated people’s curiosities since the Stone Age.

· Dairy Springs Campground, Saturday, May 30
3:00-3:45 pm. Nature Walk. Join a ranger for a family-friendly 1/2 mile stroll along the Dairy Springs Loop Trail. No dogs please. Meet at the amphitheater.

· Pine Grove Campground, Saturday, May 30
8:00-8:45 pm. That Stinks! Skunks in Nature. What should you do if you encounter a skunk in nature? Come to find out more about these animals so you can protect yourself and your pets and learn how to reduce the risk of getting skunked. At the campground amphitheater.

 Arizona Snowbowl –Now open Mondays!
 · Friday, May 29 through Monday, June 1
            10:00 am-4:00 pm.
           Enjoy Ranger Talks Atop the Scenic Chairlift Ride every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday this summer. The grandest view in the Southwest at 11,500 feet!
            Call 928-779-1951 for further details or visit

Ranger Walk, Hikes, & Events
· Friday, May 29
9:00-11:30 am. Old Caves Crater.  Moderate 2 miles and 600 ft. climb to a Sinagua site atop a cinder cone in East Flagstaff. Go 5 miles north on US 89, turn right on Silver Saddle Rd. 1/2 mile to parking area on left. Bring water, snacks, and sturdy hiking shoes. Hello and welcome back to another beautiful summer from Flagstaff! The NPS/USFS Ranger Partnership is gearing up for some excellent interpretive programs beginning this Memorial Day Weekend. Join us for campground programs, ranger talks at the Arizona Snowbowl , and guided walks this weekend. See the attached flyer for more details.

Chelsea Schroeder
Interpretive Ranger
Forest Service
Coconino National Forest, Flagstaff Ranger District
5075 N. Hwy. 89
Flagstaff, AZ 86004
Caring for the land and serving people

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