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New Master Gardener Basic Training Coming to Jefferson & Switzerland County

Master Gardener

Dear Prospective Purdue Extension Master Gardener:

Thank you for your interest in the Purdue Extension Master Gardener (EMG) Statewide Basic Training. Our main objective is to train volunteers to assist Purdue Extension with home horticulture education in local communities.  Purdue EMG’s receive training in horticulture to equip them to fulfill this educational role through volunteering in a variety of projects approved by their local EMG County Coordinator (Purdue Extension Educator).  The requirements for Purdue EMG certification include acceptance into the training through an application and screening process, payment of registration fee, completion of the EMG Basic Training which includes passing the open-book final exam with a score of 70% or higher, and contributing at least 40 hours of volunteer service approved by the local EMG County Coordinator within two years.  Purdue Extension Master Gardeners are also required to complete at least 12 volunteer and 6 continuing education hours every year in order to stay active.  

Program Information

For Spring 2021, there will be a Statewide Virtual Purdue EMG Basic Training from March 3 – June 2 (with completion of final exam after June 2). Many counties have come together to offer this program which includes a local county connection hour. The statewide live webinars will be held on Wednesdays, from 1:30 – 3:30 pm (ET)/12:30 – 2:30 pm (CT). Here in Jefferson & Switzerland Counties, the local county connection hour will be on Mondays at 3 pm each week. This will be offered live at the Jefferson County Extension Office both in person and virtually in a hybrid format. The final exam, post test, and post-program survey will take place on June 3rd at 6:30 pm at the Jefferson County Extension office. 


Application and Registration Information (Two-Step Process to participate)

Step 1: Application approval by local EMG County Coordinator

Please read the Purdue Extension Master Gardener Program Policy Guide and complete, sign, and return the Purdue Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Application and Agreement (Form EMG-1) to the Switzerland or Jefferson County Office. You may download the policy guide here: or contact either office to receive a copy. The Purdue EMG Application and Approval Form (Form EMG-1) is attached below. All applicants are also required to show evidence of a government issued photo ID to your local EMG County Coordinator or designated Purdue Extension staff prior to approval of their application. Virtual options or an in-person appointment can be utilized to complete this requirement.

The application deadline is February 12, 2021, 11:59 pm (ET).


Step 2: Registration and payment of fees through online registration portal

Registration with payment of fees to open early January.

Upon approval 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:

  • $175.00 for an individual registration which includes a print version of the Purdue EMG Manual.
  • $270.00 for two people sharing the Purdue EMG Manual. (Sharing option works best for two people living in the same household.)

Once your payment is confirmed, your copy of the Purdue EMG Manual will be shipped to you prior to the start of the training. Information about the about the availability/cost of adding a digital version of the manual will be provided when available.

Deadline for online registration and payment of fees is February 22, 2021, 11:59 pm (ET).


Refund Policy

If you cancel your registration prior to February 22, 11:59 pm (ET), you will be charged 12% of the registration fee + $5.00. There are no refunds after February 22, 2021. 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

March 3              Purdue EMG Orientation

March 10            Plant Science

March 17            Soils and Plant Nutrition

March 24            Animal Pests

March 31            Plant Disease Diagnosis

April 7                 Weed ID and Control

April 14               Insect ID and Control

April 21               Invasive Species

April 28               Pesticide Safety and Alternatives

May 5                  Herbaceous Ornamentals

May 12                Woody Ornamentals

May 19                Fruit Gardening

May 26                Lawn Care

June 2                 Vegetable Gardening


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 Britt Copeland ( or Kyle Weaver ( least 2 weeks prior to the program.


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



Britt Copeland, 4-H/ANR Extension Educator                                    Kyle Weaver, CED, 4-H/ANR Extension Educator

Purdue Extension-Jefferson County                                                  Purdue Extension-Switzerland County                                                          

(812) 265-8919                                                                             (812) 427-3152

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