Development & Retention of EMG Volunteers

READING LISTS

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POWER POINTS

RECOGNIZING VOLUNTEERS

    • Recognizing Volunteers: Narrated .ppt slides that covers guidelines for recognizing volunteers, and reviews types of recognition. This session is part of Washington State University's Master Gardener Program Coordinator training series.
      • Reviewers noted that this resource outlines and presents positive practices for recognizing volunteers, and that it was broadly applicable to all EMG programs. Although there are no references cited within this resource, the detailed practices are recognized as best practices in volunteer management. (20XX)

MOTIVATING VOLUNTEERS

    • Motivating Volunteers: Narrated .ppt slides that covers what volunteers need and motivating Master Gardeners. This session is part of Washington State University's Master Gardener Program Coordinator training series.
      • Reviewers noted that the principles may not be new, but that the information is clearly and succinctly presented in this resource. Some of this material may be specific to the Washington State University program, but serves as a good example for other programs to consider. Having data to back up some of the concepts in this presentation would make it a stronger resource. (20XX)

COMMUNICATION SKILLS FOR EMG COORDINATOR

TEMPLATES

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EXAMPLES

BECOMING AND ADVANCED MASTER GARDENER

  • Kelley, Mallory. Poster presented at: Extension Master Gardener National Coordinators’ Conference; 2018 August 6-10; Madison, WI.
    • The poster will include the guidelines and purpose for becoming an Advanced Master Gardener (AMG) as well as the outcomes seen through its development. Advanced Master Gardener encourages retention in the local association as it allows the MG to refine their knowledge and become a respected local resource. This program rewards those who truly carry out the heart of Master Gardener and that is to assist their county agent through education to the community around them. Advanced Master Gardener certification not only rewards the AMG for their time and interest, but also the local and state MG program and the community in which they live. (2019)

PREPARING FOR WILDFIRES WITH FIRESCAPING: AN ADVANCED TRAINING FOR MASTER GARDENERS

  • Campbell, Holly. Oral presentation at: Extension Master Gardener National Coordinators’ Conference; 2018 August 6-10; Madison, WI. https://youtu.be/PHVBKSGOWa0
    • Wildfire severity has increased in recent decades nationwide, threatening more lives, structures, and landscapes. The national Firewise program provides recommendations for making homes and landscapes wildfire-safe. Many communities follow these recommendations, yet every year more homes are lost to wildfires. Efforts are becoming increasingly necessary to expand the reach of this vetted program. The established and successful Master Gardener (MG) program disseminates gardening information and provides leadership to communities nationwide, annually volunteering thousands of hours. The MG program can provide a reliable pathway for disseminating wildfire-safe landscaping information to the public. This presentation will provide an overview of a new project underway to develop a MG fire-resistant landscaping module and accompanying online Extension training for the Southeastern US. Though this project is being developed for the SE, it can be modified for use in other US regions. (2019)

THREE BIRDS, ONE STONE

  • Glen, Charlotte. Oral presentation at: Extension Master Gardener National Coordinators’ Conference; 2018 August 6-10; Madison, WI. https://youtu.be/LQmInmRmJC0
    • Kill three birds with one stone! By opening a portion of your Extension Master Gardener classes to the public during non-traditional hours, you can 1) increase access to audiences who may not be available during office hours, 2) allow individuals to get a feel for the program before applying, and 3) get to know individuals before they submit applications for your EMG Program. This poster/presentation will share how dividing your training course into two series, a public series and an applicant’s only series, will help diversify your EMG Program while also marketing Extension classes to a wider audience and helping you better manage your work load. (2019)