Continuing education (CE) is informal instruction on a gardening or related topic.
It keeps the MGEV informed and knowledgeable about the latest gardening topics and research. Continuing education tends to be informal education events, such as an organized class, workshop, or seminar, where the MGEV is the student. Appropriate events should have some structure, like a speaker, defined time and place, and a specific topic.
Examples include presentations given by speakers at the meetings of horticultural organizations, including MGEV organizations; national and international conferences; Extension workshops and presentations; and classes at Georgia public gardens.
There are lots of opportunities to acquire continuing education. Some topics are specific to the MGEV role. Some topics are more horticulturally focused, like how to prune Japanese maples, the “good bugs/bad bugs” series, or presentations about conifers. Other training topics may be more specific to the MGEV role, such as how to use MGLOG or about risk management training for working with youth. All of these topics are legitimate for expanding the MGEV knowledge base and staying up-to-date.
MGEVs are encouraged to seek at least 6 hours of continuing education each year and report it within MGLOG. It is the responsibility of the individual to accurately and punctually report training hours within MGLOG. Attendance at events where the MGEV is the student should not be reported as volunteer service.
2018 Continuing Education Opportunities
Thoughtful Thursdays Webinar Series
Time: 11:00 am – 11:30 am
Dates & Topics:
June 14, 2018 | Trending Diseases and Cultural Issues in the Landscape with Dr. Elizabeth Little
July 26, 2018 | Drip Irrigation in Your Garden and Landscape with Bob Westerfield
August 23, 2018 | Fall Turfgrass with Dr. Clint Waltz
*more dates to be added!
American Community Garden Association Conference in Atlanta – September 13th-16th
This year’s conference is in Atlanta! More details can be found here.
Identification-Mapping-Control of Invasive Pests - June 21-22, 2018
Invasive species are one of the greatest threats to the environment worldwide and in Georgia, and they produce billions of dollars in damages annually. The First Detectors program offers a two-day advanced workshop to provide tools, educational materials, and training for stakeholders including: Master Gardeners, Master Naturalists, Citizen Scientists, Professionals, and other volunteers. Learn to identify, report, and manage invasive species.
Registration Deadline: June 15, 2018
Registration form and more information available here.