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Master Gardener Program - The 2019 class will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Kent County MSU Extension Office, 775 Ball Avenue NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 running from late Aug. to early Dec. 2019. The cost is to be determined, but will include the 1,000 page training manual. 

If you have questions or would like to be placed on the 2019 waiting list, please contact Deb Gulick, the West Michigan Master Gardener Program Facilitator at 616-632-7880 or We hope you can be a part of this wonderful training in Fall 2019!

Educational opportunities:

Master Naturalist

We are presently reconfiguring the Kent/MSU Extension Master Naturalist Program and have temporarily suspended the series for 2018 but, will be offering individual Master Naturalist conservation education opportunities that may be of interest to you. Please send your name, address and email address to the Kent/MSU Extension Office at if you wish to receive future program announcements.

Volunteer opportunities:

Master Gardener Volunteer Opportunities

Kent/MSU Extension “Grand Ideas Garden” (GIG) 
ProjectHands on work in the GIG - see VMS Calendar for dates and times
Location: Kent/MSU Extension Office, 775 Ball Avenue NE, Grand Rapids
Contact:  Daniel Davis (616) 813-5659
The Grand Ideas Garden was designed to inspire and educate gardeners of all ages and backgrounds. Through colorful signage and planting displays, guest can learn about gardening techniques that they can replicate at home. The Grand Ideas Garden has proven to be an excellent platform for education for garden enthusiast and the general public. MSU Extension Master Gardener Volunteers are always needed to keep the garden running. Sign up to volunteer through the VMS calendar - various times and dates.

Master Gardener Links

Request for Volunteers

Grand Ideas Garden

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Volunteer Sessions in the GIG

If you would like to visit the Grand Ideas Garden you may use one of the following links for a map.
775 Ball Ave., Grand Rapids, MI 49503

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