Conducted by Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, Texas Forest Service, and Tree Care Industry Professionals
Tree related questions are one of the primary things that make the phone ring in an Extension office. This training is designed to teach Master Gardener volunteers about landscape trees and troubleshooting common tree problems so they can serve county residents and extend the outreach of Extension programming into the community. The training is design to go above and beyond what you learned in the Master Gardener Training Course. Highly qualified instructors will provide advanced training in the classroom as well as outdoor demonstrations of tree care practices.
Major topics include: Tree Benefits, Biology and Function, Site Selection, Tree Species Selection, Proper Planting Techniques, Proper Training and Pruning, Tree Nutrition, Common Stress Factors, Alleviating Soil Compaction, Abiotic Tree Problems, Common Pests and Diseases, and more. A final course agenda will be available prior to the training.
Dates and Times:
Wednesday, May 17: 11:30 am to 5:30 pm
Thursday, May 18: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Friday, May 19: 9:00 am to 2:00 pm
Location: Myers Park and Event Center, 7117 County Road 166, McKinney, TX 75071
Cost: $175 per person. This fee covers all instruction, educational materials, two meals, and refreshments
Registration deadline is April 24, 2017. Please note that we must order supplies and refreshments in advance, no refunds can be given after May 8, 2017.
Applicants should receive approval from their County Extension Agent or Master Gardener Coordintator to attend this specialist training. Currently there is no restriction on the number of Master Gardeners from each county. Program coordinators and your County Extension Agent reserve the right to restrict registration from each county if participation exceeds program limitations. Transportation, lodging, and meals (except 2 included lunches) are at your own expense and are not included in the registration fee. Individuals with special needs or dietary requests should contact the Collin County Extension office at least 10 days prior to the event.
For more information contact the Collin County Extension Office at 972-548-4233 or email Pam Donnell at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Tree Care Specialist Training program will provide advanced training for Master Gardener Volunteers. Participants will gain knowledge and skills in the areas of tree selection, planting, training, pruning, problem diagnosis and remedies.
This Master Gardener Specialist Training was developed to provide advanced, intensive training in the area of creating and maintaining a healthy landscape of ornamental and shade trees. Participants seeking Specialist Certification will be encouraged to use the knowledge and skills gained during this training to support the development of educational programs on tree planting and care in their home county.
Eligible participants should be a Certified Master Gardener Volunteer in good standing and receive approval from their County Extension Agent/Master Gardener Coordinator. Employees of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service are also eligible to attend.
Time Commitment & Certification:
To receive Tree Care Specialist certification, participants are required to serve a minimum of 20 hours of volunteer service under the direction of their County Extension Agent or Master Gardener Coordinator within one year of completing the training.
Training and Service Requirements:
Ideas for volunteer work in tree care include but are not limited to: training Master Gardener interns and certified Master Gardener volunteers, assisting with public education programs, teaching youth about trees, developing educational demonstrations, and creating PowerPoint presentations, fact sheets or online resources for public education.
Specialist Recognition and Certification:
Upon successful completion of the Master Gardener Tree Care Specialist training and service requirements, the participant will be recognized at the annual Texas Master Gardener Conference with a Master Gardener Specialist Certificate and lapel pin.
Educational programs of Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service are open to all people without regard to race, color, sex, national origin, age, genetic information or veteran status. The Texas A&M University System, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the County Commissioners Courts of Texas Cooperating.