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Purdue Extension: Expert Resources for COVID-19

Want to Become an Extension Master Gardener?

July 31, 2020

Purdue Master Gardener Basic Training will be offered Fall 2020. 

For Fall 2020, there will be a Statewide Virtual Purdue EMG Basic Training from August 25 – December 15, 2020 (includes final exam due date). Many counties have come together to offer this program which includes a local county connection hour. The statewide live webinars will be held on Tuesdays, from 6:30 – 8:30 pm. Here in Allen County, the local county connection hour will be on Thursday at 6:30 each week. This will be offered virtually through a link you will receive. Attendance of both of these weekly sessions is required and attendance will be taken. 

Additionally, an online information sharing platform, Basecamp, will be used to share additional handouts and other information with participants.

Application and Registration Information

To apply, please read the Purdue Extension Master Gardener Program Policy Guide (found below) and complete, sign, and return the Purdue Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Application and Agreement (found below) to Rhonda Smith at by August 7th. All applicants are also required to consent to national and state sex and violent offender registry checks and provide evidence of a government issued photo ID to your local EMG County Coordinator or designated Purdue Extension staff. You may download the policy guide here: or contact Rhonda Smith at or (260) 481-6826 to receive a copy.

Upon confirmation of acceptance of your application and providing evidence of government issued photo ID, an online registration link will be sent to you. The registration options are listed below:

Your copy(ies) of the Purdue Extension Master Gardener Manual will be shipped to you prior to the start of the training.

All steps in the application and registration process must be completed by August 14, 2020. 

Refund Policy

If you cancel your registration prior to August 14, 2020, you will be charged 12% of the registration fee + $5.00. After August 14, 2020, there are no refunds. Purdue University is not responsible for expenses incurred due to cancellations by registrants. Purdue University reserves the right to cancel any program. Registrants will receive a full refund in the event that Purdue University cancels the program.


Statewide Live Webinar Schedule


August 25         Purdue EMG Orientation

September 1     Plant Science

September 8     Soils and Plant Nutrition

September 15   Invasive Species

September 22   Plant Disease Diagnosis

September 29   Weed ID and Control

October 6          Insect ID and Control

October 13        Pesticide Safety and Alternatives

October 20        Animal Pests

October 27        Herbaceous Ornamentals

November 3      Woody Ornamentals

November 10    Fruit Gardening

November 17    Lawn Care

November 24    No Session

December 1      Vegetable Gardening

December 8-15  Evaluations and Final Exam


Purdue is committed to making all programs accessible to participants. If you require auxiliary aids or services, or if you have other program-related concerns, please contact Terri Theisen at least 2 weeks prior to the program.


Thank you for your interest in the Purdue Extension Master Gardener Program!



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