Office Information

WVU Extension Service
Kanawha County Office
4700 MacCorkle Avenue SE
Suite 101
Charleston, WV 25304

Phone: 304-720-9573
Fax: 304-205-7863
Hours: Mon-Fri 8:00-4:00
Driving Directions

Volunteer Projects & Continuing Education

Make sure your certification stays current by getting your volunteer and continuing education hours. All current Extension Master Gardeners must complete 20 hours of volunteer service and 10 hours of continuing education credits each year. The Due Date is: September 1st.

Submit hours here.

All volunteers must go through a vetting process. If you haven’t completed a volunteer application form within the last year and completed a signed code of conduct , you must do so to continue as a Master Gardener.


Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities

To Submit a New Volunteer Project, Click HERE


To sign up for a work party or class that is being offered (CE or Volunteer), please follow these instructions:


1. Click this link to go to our invitation page on SignUp.com
2. Enter your email address (register an account on SignUp.com)
3. Sign up! Choose your spots – SignUp.com will send you an automated confirmation and reminders. Easy!

Here are two helpful “how-to” YouTube videos to help you use SignUp.com:

How to Sign-Up on Sign-Up: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XUFby8xIKTI

Accessing & Changing Spots: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=np49K4-OgAM


SPRING INTO GARDENING PLANNING MEETING
A Spring into Gardening meeting is planned for Tuesday, January 24, from 6 to 7 pm at South Charleston Library. Spring into Gardening is our day of workshops geared toward the public. Those attending this planning meeting will brainstorm ideas on workshop topics, presenters, amenities for the day, etc.
If you have any questions, email Jennifer Soule at souleja@gmail.com or call 304 722 8132

CE and VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY
The CE Committee is attempting to build a series of online CE sessions that members can view at home for CE credit. We are working on topics but slowly. If you would like to earn up to two hours credit per topic that can be applied to either hour requirement, follow guidelines below:

* Choose a topic(s) that interests you.

* Submit topic to Sara Welch (sbwelch99@yahoo.com) for committee approval.

* Once approved, research the topic, validate available info, gather URLs, write an approximate half-page summary of relevant information and submit your work to the CE committee.

* If you have the capability, please develop a PowerPoint presentation for your topic. If not, submit without it.

* Log time spent


SEASONAL VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES


HARRY’S GARDEN – Coonskin Park
MANNA MEAL GARDEN – Rock Lake

If you need volunteer hours, both Harry’s Garden and Manna Meal’s Garden are a great way to get lots of hours and meet your fellow gardeners.


READ about the History of Harry's Garden

VIEW Photos of Harry's Garden

Manna Meal* garden is located at the old Rock Lake Pool in Dunbar.
Contact Carolee Felber at felbercj@gmail.com for general questions or ask to be on the weekly email list jsmannameal@wirefire.com.

Upcoming CE Opportunities

Please note that a number of our CE opportunities require a minimum number of participants, so if you are planning to attend, please call now to register for these events so that they won’t be cancelled.
If class times vary from the announced schedule, please report actual time attended.
The CE Committee welcomes volunteers to join the group. If you are interested, please contact Sara Welch at sbwelch99@yahoo.com


Friday, January 27
WINTER SYMPOSIUM
West Virginia Nursery and Landscape Association has announced a “Winter Symposium” that is going to be held in Charleston on January 27, 2017 at Sheraton Hotel. This is a great educational opportunity for master gardeners and anybody who is interested in landscape design…sustainable, naturalistic design with new and exciting plants.
Details are available at https://wvnla.org/wvnla-events/2017-winter-symposium/

February
Master Gardeners have the opportunity to meet with Kanawha Bird Club as Doug Jolley presents “Plants to Grow Year’Round in your Garden to Attract Birds”
More info – TBA

Beginning Beekeeper Classes
Offered by the WVU Braxton County Extension Office

The WVU Braxton County Extension Office is sponsoring a beginning beekeeper course starting February 2. Classes will be held each Thursday (February 2, 9, 16, 23) from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. in the Ag-Ed classroom at Braxton County High School. March 2 will be a backup date in case any classes are cancelled due to weather.
Pre-registration is required. The pre-registration deadline is January 27. Cost of the course is $15.00/person, which includes a Beekeeping manual. For more information or to register please contact Debbie Friend at the WVU Braxton County Extension Office at 304-765-2809 or email at debbie.friend@mail.wvu.edu


Additional CE Opportunities

GARDENING DVD
A gardening DVD has been approved for CE credit: “An Introduction to Plant Propagation” 635 I61 is available from South Charleston Library and possibly other libraries as well.

WV Small Farm Conference
Charleston Civic Center
February 12-14

1. CE credit available for attending the conference. $70/day. Schedule and registration information at http://smalfarmcenter.ext.wvu.edu/events/conference.
2. CE or volunteer credit for working as a volunteer during the conference. For CE sign up as a room assistant. Note that the topic that will be presented in each room is not yet populated at the link. Sign up at https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1whYHz7rjD30PF6xeA9vgdzyj1uY2mAMhtIGPlrPL758/edit?usp=sharing
3. Winter Blues Farmers Market, Sunday Feb. 12, 1-5 pm, free admission.

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2017 West Virginia Extension Master Gardener Conference

March 24 – 26, 2017
Location: Stonewall Resort Park
Roanoke, West Virginia

2017 International Master Gardener Conference

Join us at the 2017 International Master Gardener Conference<http://blogs.oregonstate.edu/2017imgc/>, July 10-14, 2017 in Portland, OR.

Online CE Opportunities

Online eXtension webinars (recorded version) for CE credit (report actual time)

All Bugs, Good and Bad Webinar Series: click HERE

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A Great Spangled Fritillary butterfly benefits from the purple Coneflowers Echinacea purpurea growing at Harry’s Garden in Coonskin Park in July.