The Master Gardener Program for 2011 kicks off on Aug. 19, according to Ron Smith, NDSU Extension Service horticulturist.
The classes will originate from NDSU and be broadcast across North Dakota to 11 sites through the Interactive Video Network system.
The locations are Bismarck, Bowman, Cavalier, Dickinson, Fargo, Grand Forks, Jamestown, Napoleon, Wahpeton, Watford City and the Williston Research Extension Center. Classes will start Friday, Aug. 19, and finish Oct. 7. Classes will run from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (central time) for eight weeks. The classes will be archived for any student who cannot attend every class.
The cost is $100 for volunteers and $200 for nonvolunteers. Once the classwork is completed, volunteers need to complete 48 hours of approved work through their county NDSU Extension Service agent. The volunteer work should be completed within 12 months after finishing the formal classes.
For more information, contact the NDSU Extension Service office or visit www.ag.ndsu.edu/mg for a registration form. The registration deadline is Monday, Aug 1.