The Master Gardener Program in Crawford County started in 2000. Over 85 people have been trained since that time, and there are currently 13 certified Master Gardener Volunteers (MGVs) for 2016. The UWEX staﬀ member facilitating the MG Program is Karen Snitker.
The Importance of Pollinators
MGVs gave a presentation for about 200 Bluﬀ View Middle School students in Prairie du Chien. With the use of a story board, they especially focused on butterflies and how the students can encourage or help them. Each student was given a bag of items (sand, rocks, etc.) to construct a puddler. The story board was also displayed at the Crawford County Fair and at the 2015 Oktober Fest. Area MGVs were also had a half hour discussion about pollinators at a regular MG Association meeting.
Free Family Friendly Event
The Crawford County MG Association helped put on the family-friendly Oktober Fest at St. Feriole Island, Prairie di Chien, totally free to participants. MGVs provided make-and-take projects of dried flowers and weeds, a bird feeder made of peanut butter and bird seeds and raﬄes baskets to give away and a straw maze was created for the children. The MGVs sponsored a scarecrow contest. Scarecrows made by MGVs, community organizations and individuals were displayed throughout the Memorial Gardens. Over 3,000 people attended this year’s Oktober Fest.
Memorial Gardens Expanded
MGVs continue to expand the Memorial Gardens at St. Feriole Island, Prairie du Chien. This includes a native prairie garden (maintained by community members) and 75 new trees, including one planted by 1st grade area students to celebrate Arbor Day. New concrete sidewalks were laid on the perimeter of the garden. Eagle Trail, a new walk and bike trail, has been created at the back of the gardens, next to the slough. Shrubs and perennials have been planted to help identify the path.
Volunteer Service in 2015
|Youth education||42 hours|
|Adult education||94 hours|
|Support services||1722 hours|
Since 2000: 22,608 hours at a value of over $410,535
* using the current estimated dollar value of volunteer time in Wisconsin of $22.24 per hour, from Independent Sector. Cumulative value based on previous annual estimates.
Where you can find activities by MGVs in Crawford Co.
- Memorial Gardens, St. Feriole Island
- Oktober Fest
- Veteran’s Memorial
- Crawford County Fair Booth
- Buckets of Bloom, Gays Mills
- Prairie Masion Nursing Home Gardens
- Two days of Q & A at Tractor Supply
- Fort Fun/Aquatic Park Gardens