Managing Invasive Species in Landscapes is an online course for Master Gardeners looking for further certification or home gardeners.

Students will learn how to identify and manage a variety of invasive species such as spotted wing drosophila, brown marmorated stink bug, Japanese beetles, and downy mildew. Once you have completed this course and received a certificate, you will receive Master Gardener credit.

For information or to enroll please contact:
Mary Meyer, meyer023@umn.edu or
Echo Martin, mart1794@umn.edu with University of Minnesota


Mitigating Pollinator Decline in Landscapes is an online course for Master Gardeners looking for further certification or home gardeners. Students will learn the basics on different kinds of bees, why they are in decline, and how homeowners can work to conserve them in the landscape. Once you have completed this course and received a certificate, you will receive Master Gardener credit.

For information or to enroll please contact:
Mary Meyer, meyer023@umn.edu or
Echo Martin, mart1794@umn.edu with University of Minnesota


Growing Strawberries with IPM is an online course for Master Gardeners looking for further certification or home gardeners. Students will learn the basics on what to consider when planting strawberries, as well as IPM-based strategies for controlling common pests and diseases.Once you have completed this course and received a certificate, you will receive Master Gardener credit.

For information or to enroll contact:
Mary Meyer, meyer023@umn.edu or
Echo Martin, mart1794@umn.edu with University of Minnesota

The Power of Pollinators provides materials and resources to empower Extension Master Gardeners, Certified Volunteer Naturalists and others to teach about pollinators with three PowerPoint programs (including notes and resources). Contact: Denise Ellsworth (ellsworth.2@osu.edu) at The Ohio State University.

Communicating IPM: A train the trainer module on getting lay gardeners to do IPM is a self-directed course for Extension Master Gardeners and Extension professionals (program coordinators, specialists, agents) or anyone who seeks to effectively communicate Integrated Pest Management to the gardening public. Participants will learn to communicate IPM to the gardening public using a scientifically drive communication theory designed to increase the success of gardeners adopting recommended IPM practice in their home gardens and landscapes.

For more information contact: Mary Meyer at meyer023@umn.edu or Karen Jeannette at karenjeannette@extension.org

Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases: Lyme disease, blacklegged ticks and more is a self-directed online course for hunters, gardeners, university extension employees and volunteers, natural resource managers, veterinary professionals,and others. By completing this course learners wil be able to: describe basic tick biology; identify common ticks of the Midwest; list common tick-borne diseases and identify their tick vectors; summarize preventive measures to prevent tick bites; and locate factsheets, websites and other tick and tick-borne disease resources. This program qualifies for 2 CE hours from the Ohio Veterinary Medical Licensing Board.

For more information contact Denise Ellsworth, The Ohio State University at ellsworth.2@osu.edu

This course was created for participants in the 2020 Volunteer Pollinator Specialization, the Bee Survey Team@Dawes, the OSU Pollinator Short Course. The course is also open to OSU Volunteer Pollinator Specialist Volunteers and other dedicated pollinator advocates. For more information contact Denise Ellsworth at ellsworth.2@osu.edu

Growing Tomatoes with IPM is designed for Master Gardeners who will learn how to prevent pests on tomatoes from the beginning to the end of the growing season through lessons on variety selection, best planting practices, and cultural information and will be instructed on how to recognize leaf spots, early and late blight and bacterial spot.

Once you register for the class, you will have unlimited time to complete the work at your own pace. Once you have completed this course and received a certificate, you will receive Master Gardener credit worth 3 CEUs.

For more information, contact:  Mary Meyer, University of Minnesota, meyer023@umn.edu

In the 'Growing Healthy Shade Trees with IPM' course, Master Gardeners will learn to select, manage, and care for trees, especially maple oak, and honeylocust in home landscapes.

Once you register for the class, you will have unlimited time to complete the work at your own pace. Once you have completed this course and received a certificate, you will receive Master Gardener credit worth 3 CEUs. 

For more information, contact:  Mary Meyer, University of Minnesota, meyer023@umn.edu

In the 'Growing Squash, Cucumbers and Pumpkins with IPM' course, Master Gardeners will learn about growing cucurbits, including plant selection and insect and disease management.

Once you register for the class, you will have unlimited time to complete the work at your own pace. Once you have completed this course and received a certificate, you will receive Master Gardener credit worth 3 CEUs.

For more information, contact:  Mary Meyer, University of Minnesota, meyer023@umn.edu

In the 'Growing Raspberries and Blackberries with IPM' course, Master Gardeners will learn the best maintenance techniques for growing brambles, including insect and disease management. This course places special emphasis on a new insect pest, the spotted wing drosophila.

Once you register for the class, you will have unlimited time to complete the work at your own pace. Once you have completed this course and received a certificate, you will receive Master Gardener credit worth 3 CEUs.

For more information, contact Mary Meyer University of Minnesota, at meyer023@umn.edu

Idaho Victory Garden is designed for individuals interested in learning more about creating a Victory Garden on their property. No prerequisites are required. Prepare your family to grow, eat and preserve fresh, healthy food and save money doing it. For more information contact Ariel Agenbroad, University of Idaho, at ariel@uidaho.edu

Growing Apples with IPM is an online course for Master Gardeners looking for further certification or home gardeners.  Students will learn what to consider when planting an apple tree, and IPM-based strategies for controlling common pests and diseases.  Once you have completed this course and received a certificate, you will receive Master Gardener credit.

For information or to enroll contact:
Mary Meyer, meyer023@umn.edu or 
Echo Martin, mart1794@umn.edu with University of Minnesota

Growing Conifers with IPM is an online course for Master Gardeners looking for further certification or home gardeners. This course will cover the basics on what to consider when planting conifers, as well as IPM-based strategies for controlling common pests and diseases. Once you have completed this course and received a certificate, you will receive Master Gardener credit.

For information or to enroll please contact: 
Mary Meyer, meyer023@umn.edu or 
Echo Martin, mart1794@umn.edu with University of Minnesota

School gardens are proven to help youth establish healthy eating habits, connect them with math and science curriculum in the garden, and teach them to be environmental stewards.  Just Add Water: School Garden Workshop for Teachers will give teachers, parents, and school administrators and volunteers the skills they need to implement a successful school garden program.

For information contact: Ariel Agenbroad at ariel@uidaho.edu

Idaho Victory Garden is designed for individuals interested in learning more about creating a Victory Garden on their property. No prerequisites are required. Prepare your family to grow, eat and preserve fresh, healthy food and save money doing it. The Valley County Victory Garden online class is paired with three in-person session. Call the local office to learn more about the dates and location of these classes at 208-382-7190. For more information or to enroll contact Melissa Hamilton, University of Idaho, at mbhamilton@uidaho.edu.

By taking this course, students will learn: good ag practices that help prevent foodborne illness from fresh produce. If you are an urban gardener and produce food for family and friends, this is the course for you.

This course contains audio and video so you will need a computer that can play both.

For more information or to enroll please contact: Cindy Brison 

Vermont master Composter-In-State
This training course offers an in-depth study of backyard composting. UVM Master Gardeners and others interested in the home, school, and community composting who take this course will learn about the many different ways to turn food scraps and yard trimmings into compost for healthier, nutrient-rich soil.

The fee for this course for Vermont Residents is $50. If you are a Vermont resident please purchase and enroll in the course by clicking the following button:

If you live out of state (not a Vermont resident), then you must enroll in the out-of-state registration link. The fee for out-of-state residents is $150. Please click on the Out of State Registration link to enroll. For more information, contact: Beret Halverson at beret.halverson@uvm.edu

The Vermont Master Composter-Out of State

This training course offers an in-depth study of backyard composting. UVM Master Gardeners and others interested in the home, school, and community composting who take this course will learn about the many different ways to turn food scraps and yard trimmings into compost for healthier, nutrient-rich soil. 

The fee for this course is $150 for out of state residents. If you are an out of state resident please purchase and enroll by clicking on the following button:

For more information, contact: Beret Halverson at beret.halverson@uvm.edu

The audience for this course is: Master Gardener Volunteers in Training

By taking this course, students will learn: Basic training in Horticulture topics for volunteers in the Eastern Sierra

For more information or to enroll please contact: Dustin Blakey, UC Cooperative Extension, Inyo and Mono Counties, email:dwblakey@ucanr.edu

Instructors: Cheryl Frank-Sullivan, (Entomology) Sarah Kingsley-Richards, (Integrated pest management) and Jane Sorensen (Pollinator habitat and plants).

Learn to use Integrated Pest Management strategies to attract pollinators and reduce pesticide use in your garden! This is a self-paced course for small landowners and home gardeners in Vermont.

By taking this course, students will learn:
    • Integrated Pest Management as a strategy for pollinator protection. 
    • Positive changes to enhance and protect pollinators. Such as providing bee habitat, avoidance of pesticides, or choice of bee-friendly plants and pesticides on land or garden.

For more information or to enroll please contact beret.halverson@uvm.edu

The fee for this course is $30. To purchase and enroll in the course, click the following button:

Welcome to the online basic training for the University of Maryland Extension Master Gardener program!

About the course

This course is functioning as a repository for UC Master Gardener Program related training that volunteers can view remotely.  Recordings, online resources and quizzes, for volunteers will be posted here as they become available.

These training's count towards continuing education hours for UC Master Gardener volunteers.

Enrollment is free, click the Enroll me button to access the course.   


Eastern Bees 101 is a certificate course that focuses on bees of the Eastern U.S. and Canada. This course was developed for bee enthusiasts who want to explore the biology, natural history and identification characteristics of wild bees. Through readings, video lessons, quizzes and other strategies, participants will gain a fundamental understanding of wild bees, including basic lifestyles and survival strategies, how to tell bees from wasps and flies, and what makes bees key pollinators. The course focuses on five groups of bees to present bee terminology and identification characteristics in a way beginners will find accessible, but with a depth that will also interest intermediate bee enthusiasts. 

Eastern Bees 101 was developed by author and bee biologist Olivia Carril (co-author of The Bees in Your Backyard) and OSU Extension educator Denise Ellsworth.  

Course specifics:

Five course Sections 

  • Discovering Wild Bees
  • Bee Biology
  • Carpenter Bees and Bumble Bees
  • Wool Carder Bees and Green Metallic Sweat Bees
  • Honey Bees

Course text: The Bees in Your Backyard not provided. Learners must acquire a copy of the text.

Estimated time to complete the course, not including readings: 10 - 15 hours.

Requirement for certification: passing grades on all quizzes, completion of one assignment in each section, participation in group forums including creating and commenting on posts.

Cost to participate: no cost for Ohio Pollinators On-Line course participants

All current certified fertilizer applicator on-line program participants must successfully complete their testing and submission of the CFA request to VDACS by September 1, 2020 as the current website ceases to exist on that date. 

You will be able to re-enroll in the CFA program at https://register.ext.vt.edu/search/publicCourseSearchDetails.do?method=load&courseId=1208465; however, there will be a minimal fee for enrollment ($10) and all testing modules will have to be completed again in the new system, regardless if they have been completed in the previous CFA program.

Fertilizer Applicator Certification Training
(FACT) is a cooperative effort of Virginia Cooperative Extension (VCE), Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS), and the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR). The training consists of 10 online, self-paced modules, which cover the knowledge areas in which one must be proficient in order to become a Certified Fertilizer Applicator (CFA) in Virginia. 

Individuals who successfully complete all 10 modules will receive proof of satisfactory completion of the training, which can be submitted to VDACS as part of the CFA online application. 

For more information or to enroll contact: Mike Goatley, Turfgrass Extension Specialist / Professor Crop and Soil Environmental Sciences, Virginia Tech at goatley@vt.edu