Continuing Education Interests of Master Gardener Volunteers: Beyond Basic Training
Knowledge of client preferences is important when designing continuing education programs. Extension professionals surveyed 131 Master Gardener volunteers in El Paso County, Colorado to guide future programs. Results showed they are highly interested in continuing education events, especially in improving diagnostic skills. Master Gardeners are also interested in learning about local ecology, home gardening skills, and home landscapes through lectures, field trips, and hands-on activities. One-time or regular monthly events held on weekday mornings and afternoons are most popular, especially October through May. When these guidelines were used to design continuing education classes, actual attendance was similar to predicted attendance.
Moravec, C. (2006). Continuing Education Interests of Master Gardener Volunteers: Beyond Basic Training. The Journal of Extension, 44(6), Article 14. https://tigerprints.clemson.edu/joe/vol44/iss6/14