Coconino Master Gardener Association

Ruby-Crowned Kinglet who is gleaning morsels from an Alberta Spruce in Cindy Murray's yard.

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!

Monday, June 1, 2015

NPS/USFS Ranger Partnership Events June 5-7

Ranger Walks & Talks Event Calendar

June 5-7, 2015

NPS/USFS Ranger Partnership

 

Campground Programs
· Bonito Campground, Friday, June 5
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, June 6
3:00-3:45 pm. Nature Walk. Join USFS volunteer rangers Steve and Nancy Galas for a family-friendly 1/2 mile stroll along the Dairy Springs Loop Trail. No dogs please. Meet at the campground amphitheater.

· Pine Grove Campground, Saturday, June 6
8:00-8:45 pm. All About Aberts. The handsome tassel-eared Abert squirrel can be found in the forest of Northern  Arizona, New Mexico, and Colorado. He is an expert climber and jumper who has a very special relationship with the Ponderosa pine. Discover this relationship and their impact on the forest. Meet at campground amphitheater.

Ranger Walks, Hikes, & Events
· Saturday, June 6
10:00-10:40 am. Bombastic Basalt. Life’s mysteries have the power to change lives. The eruption of  Sunset Crater Volcano certainly influenced the lives of past inhabitants and its powerful presence can still be a lesson for all.  Come experience the volcano’s raw beauty on this 40 minute ranger-led walk with Robert Wallace. Meet at the Lava Flow Trail at 10:00 am.

· Sunday, June 7
9:00 am-12:30 pm. Aspen Loop/AZ Trail. Celebrate National Trails Day all weekend long and attend a guided hike with USFS and NPS interpreters Chelsea Schroeder and Ellen Wade. A 4 mile roundtrip hike to Alfa Fia tank just off the AZ Trail with great views and spring flowers. Meet in the parking lot for   Humphreys Trail  just below Hart Prairie Lodge near the top of Snowbowl Road. Prizes awarded in honor of National Trails Day! Bring sturdy shoes, water, lunch, & sun protection. Call 928-527-8238 for info.

Arizona Snowbowl

· Friday, June 5 through Monday, June 8
      10:00 am-4:00 pm.
      Enjoy Ranger Talks Atop the Scenic Chairlift Ride every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday this summerThe grandest view in the Southwest at 11,500 feet!  Call 928-779-1951 for further details or visit www.arizonasnowbowl.com.

 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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