The Master Gardener Program in Chippewa County started in 1999. Over 210 people have been trained since that time, and there are currently 22 certified Master Gardener Volunteers (MGVs) for 2018. The UW-Extension Educator facilitating the MG Program is Agriculture Agent Jerry Clark.
Volunteer Service in 2017
|Youth Education||113 hours|
|Adult Education||144 hours|
Since 2000: 28,064 hours at a value of over $522,944
* using the current estimated dollar value of volunteer time in Wisconsin of $23.06 per hour, from Independent Sector. Cumulative value based on previous annual estimates.
Where you can find activities by MGVs
- Annual Think Spring garden seminar
- Cornell Outdoor Adventure Activity
- Library Summer Reading Programs
- Bloomer, Chippewa Falls Comm. Gardens
- Chippewa Herald Green Space Articles
- Chippewa County Wellness Workshops
- Old Abe Trail Bluebird Monitoring
- Irvine Park Native Tree Trail
Educating the Public About Pollinators
MGVs continued to educate the public on the importance of pollinators by enhancing the Pollinator Garden and Butterfly Way-Station at the Northern Wisconsin State Fairgrounds, installing a monarch butterfly garden at Lake Wissota State Park, and participating in Chippewa County School Conservation Days, where MGVs reached over700 students with their educational station on the importance of pollinators in the environment and protecting their habitat. The fair educational booth included monarch larvae, adults, and other caterpillars and MGVs helped little fairgoers make bumblebee and butterfly visors. The Pollinator Garden showed the public how attractive and active a native planting can be and is viewed by an estimated 250,000 visitors annually.
Trail Showcases Native Trees
The Irvine Park Native Tree Trail in Chippewa Falls is an eﬀort to provide information about Wisconsin’s native trees. Over the years MGVs have planted and maintained 52 native trees, each identified with a stone marker which includes information about that species, in association with the Chippewa Falls Parks and Recreation Department. Many of the thousands of visitors to Irvine Park enjoy the information trail.
MGVs Help Bluebird Restoration
MGVs maintained bluebird habitat and houses on the Old Abe Bike Trail as part of the Bluebird Restoration Association of Wisconsin. Out of 25 boxes on the Old Abe Trail, 12 were used by bluebirds. Throughout the trail, 41 fledged bluebirds, 32 tree swallows, and 13 house wrens were added to Chippewa County’s population.