Master Gardener Horticulture Training in Chautauqua & Cattaraugus Counties

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(WNY News Now) – The Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chautauqua County’s Master Gardener Program is set to commence a 14-week training class, beginning on March 5, 2024, offering participants a chance to deepen their knowledge and serve the community through horticulture education.

Jamestown, N.Y. – The Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chautauqua County’s Master Gardener Program is thrilled to announce its upcoming 14-week training class, commencing on Tuesday, March 5, 2024. The classes, scheduled every other Tuesday evening from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm, will take place at 28 Parkside Drive, Ellicottville, NY, with a remote Zoom option available. Tuition for the program is $125.00.

The Master Gardener Program, a nationwide initiative of trained volunteers, collaborates with county Cooperative Extension offices to disseminate research-based information and expand educational outreach within the community. In Chautauqua & Cattaraugus Counties, the program is an integral part of community horticulture outreach, where volunteers educate home gardeners, school and after-school programs, community gardeners, and consumers of horticultural products.

The comprehensive 14-week training program includes a core gardening course, refresher classes, field trips, and workshops, enhancing participants’ expertise in ecological gardening and related topics for effective public communication.

Master Gardener Volunteers commit to maintaining 35 hours of volunteer time per year, contributing to community gardening efforts, educational presentations, fundraising, professional development meetings, and various gardening projects.

Benefits of being a Master Gardener Volunteer include the satisfaction of serving the community, interaction with like-minded individuals, and a deeper understanding of the science behind gardening.

For those interested in joining the Master Gardener Program in Cattaraugus or Chautauqua County, Shannon Rinow, the Master Gardener Program Coordinator, can be contacted at Applications are also accepted online at

The Master Gardener Program is just one among several educational initiatives offered by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chautauqua County (CCE-Chautauqua), a tax-exempt, 501(c)(3) organization operating under Cornell University’s guidance. As part of the national cooperative extension system, CCE-Chautauqua works in tandem with County, State, and Federal governments to fulfill local, state, and national goals. Governed by an elected Board of Directors, each Cornell Cooperative Extension association operates independently with general oversight from Cornell University.

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