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New Volunteer and Education Groups for submitting hours into the Record Keeping System: 2012 March MG New Groups Guide

To become a certified Master Gardener, you must meet the following requirements:

Basic Certification: Complete the class and do 40 hours of volunteer work within one year of completing the class (class counts for ed. hrs. the first year).

Re-certification: Complete 15 hours of volunteer work and 5 hours of education annually.

Advanced Certification: Complete 50 hours of volunteer work related to horticulture education (in addition to the original 40 after the class) and 25 hours of education related to horticulture.

The current reporting year is January to December. You must complete your volunteer and education hours during this year to be certified or re-certified for next year.

Volunteers: contact your local MG Coordinator to be sure that hours from the following  will be approved.
__________________________________________________ Butterflies–Karner Blue Butterfly 2013 Volunteer Outreach              The following information is from Dr. Heather Keough. She spoke at our Sympoisum in January of 2012.

The Baldwin/White Cloud Ranger District, located in western lower Michigan, is looking for volunteers to assist with monitoring and management activities for the federally endangered Karner blue butterfly in 2013.  Volunteers are needed to help conduct surveys between mid-June and mid-August and to help plant native nectar species in September.  There are opportunities for individuals of all skill levels to participate.  Training will be provided.  Interested parties can volunteer during weekdays, for a few days, or a week or more.  Limited mileage reimbursement and housing may be available upon request.

The assistance of volunteers is vital to meet our recovery goals for the Karner blue butterfly!  In 2006, we did not have the help of volunteers and were only able to monitor 298 acres of Karner blue butterfly habitat.  Thanks to volunteer participation, we now monitor an average of 896 acres per year!  In addition, volunteers have helped improve over 65 acres of savanna habitat!

Please choose to volunteer this year and help conserve a locally endangered species.  If you have already signed-up to volunteer this coming field season, thank you for being so generous with your time!

For those interested in obtaining work experience, paid internships also are available.  Between mid-May and mid-August, interns will help conduct surveys for a variety endangered, threatened, and sensitive fish and wildlife species and assist with habitat improvement projects.

If you or someone you know is interested in participating in the 2013 field season, please contact me at 231-745-4631 x 3111 or hkeough@fs.fed.us.  Also, please distribute the 2013 KBB Outreach Notice to anyone you think might be interested in volunteering or applying for an intern position. Click here to see the 2013 KBB Outreach Notice.


Cooley Gardens volunteers meet Wednesday evenings through mid-September from 5:30–7:30 p.m. at the Gardens located at:

225 W. Malcolm X
Lansing, MI 48933

You’re welcome to show up ready to work!

Fenner Nature Center loves volunteers! Share your time and experience with them as they care for native plant and butterfly gardens, maintain trails, and fight back against the stubborn invasive species in the park. They also appreciate volunteers who help with office work, animal care, special events (like the Apple Butter and Maple Syrup Festivals), and more. None of these sound good? Tell them your dreams for Fenner and they’ll see how they can incorporate them! To become a volunteer, fill out the form at http://www.mynaturecenter.org (look under “Volunteer Opportunities” and click on the image), call them at 517-483-4224 and ask them to mail a form, or stop in to fill one out in person.

Gary Heileg’s Extension classes – January to June. Provide assistance and you can bring along one FREE guest to the session. Contact Gary directly at 676-7292 or heilig at msu.edu. See calendar of events at the Ingham County website.
Lansing Area Farmers Markets. The Master Gardener Association-Capital Area Chapter has had a booth at several of the area farmers markets during the past couple summers. If that continues this summer, there will be sign-up sheets at the MGA CAC meetings and an email will go out to the membership.

Meridian Market, 5151 Marsh Rd.,  Okemos (behind Meridian Mall)

Holt Farmers Market, 2045 Cedar St., Holt

Lansing City Market, 325 City Market Drive, Lansing

Dimondale Farmers Market, 136 N. Bridge St., Dimondale

Williamston Farmers Market, McCormick Park, Williamston

Allen Neighborhood Farmers Market, 1619 E. Kalamazoo St., Lansing


Michigan 4-H Children’s Garden.  From pulling weeds with your children to serving as a teen tour guide or working with K-12 students by conducting educational programs, there are numerous opportunities to volunteer in the Children’s Garden. You’ll receive the biannual newsletter, invitations to plant sales, seminars, and field trips! Contact  Jessica Wright at garden4h at msu.edu or go to http://4hgarden.msu.edu/volunteer/signup.htm.
MSU Horticulture Gardens. Every Tuesday 9:00 A.M.–12:00 P.M. from mid-April through October volunteers are needed at the MSU Horticulture Gardens. They rely on a dedicated group of willing workers who help to complete the many tasks that have to be accomplished each year. This is great fun! Contact: Katie McCarver at mccarve4 at msu.edu.
South Lansing Urban Gardens is looking for volunteers for to help in our two youth and two community gardens located in Lansing’s Southside.  Activities include weeding, planting, watering, harvesting, delivering donated produce, expanding garden beds, assisting with youth gardening programs, assisting with garden education classes, etc. South Lansing Urban Gardens is a project of South Lansing Community Development Association. Please contact Rita O’Brien at 517-374-5700 or rita at southlansing.org.


Hunter Park Community GardenHouse. Share your gardening expertise on Lansing’s Eastside. Neighbors meet here to grow food, flowers and community. GardenHouse programs are designed to strengthen access to whole, fresh foods for Eastside stakeholders. A project of Allen Neighborhood Center. Contact Allison Burkholder at 517-999-3910 or allisonb at allenneighborhoodcenter.org.

W. J. Beal Botanical Garden – Garden Ambassadors and Docents. MSU Campus. For information, contact Dr. Frank Telewski, Curator (517) 355-9582, telewski@cpa.msu.edu, or wjbeal volunteer at cpa.msu.edu.

Youth Garden Mentors. The MGA-CAC is partnering with the Garden Project to provide horticultural expertise and support for youth garden programs. There are 15 youth gardens affiliated with the Garden Project. Some gardens looking for youth garden mentors are highlighted below. For information on other youth gardens, contact the Garden Project at gardenproject at greaterlansingfoodbank.org.

  • Ingham County gardens: Contact Stephanie Reuter at sreuter at ingham.org or (517) 676-7300. Paradise Garden (550 S. Foster Ave Lansing) at-risk teens and South Side Community Coalition youth participants learn to garden and eat healthier foods while having a great time.
  • NorthWest Initiative gardens: Contact Joy Baldwin at Joy at nwlansing.org or (517) 999-2894. Gardens at Cavanaugh Elementary; Riddle Elementary; Mid-Michigan Leadership Academy K-8; and Walnut Youth Community Garden.


Gary Heileg’s Extension classes – January to June. Provide assistance and you can bring along one FREE guest to the session.  Contact Gary directly at 676-7292 or heilig at msu.edu. See calendar of events at the Ingham County website.

East Lansing Trail beautification project. If you are interested in working on the East Lansing Trail beautification project, please contact Linda Pivarnik at lmquint at comcast.net .