The Master Gardener Program in Chippewa County started in 1999. Over 230 people have been trained since that time, and there are currently 21 certified Master Gardener Volunteers (MGVs) for 2019
In 2018, Chippewa County Master Gardener Volunteers reported 1,149 hours of community service, worth a value of over $36,192.
* using the current estimated dollar value of volunteer time in Wisconsin of $24.69 per hour, from Independent Sector.
Monitor Bluebird Nesting Boxes
Chippewa County Master Gardener Volunteers placed and monitored bluebird nest boxes along the Old Abe State Bike trail to encourage users of the trail to garden for the benefit the environment. Information about building, placement, and benefits of nest boxes are provided on the trail. Fledgling numbers are provided to the Bluebird Restoration Association of Wisconsin.
Introduce Pollinators to Fair Visitors
MGVs introduced pollinator information to kids and adult visitors at the Northern Wisconsin State Fair. During the 5 day event MGVs used videos, daily presentations, on-site display gardens with butterflies and caterpillars, and interactive booths to share information. The entirety (250) of educational pamphlets were collected by visitors. One MGV said, “Monarchs have become the poster child for native, sustainable gardening, and it was fun to spread the word.”
Educate Public about Native Plants and Invasive Species
MGVs provided education about native plants and invasive species through two county-wide conservation events. At “Outdoor Edventure” in Cornell, WI, MGVs provided host stations and hands-on activities to increase the knowledge of attendees about invasive species and native plants. During School Conservation Days MGVs engaged all Chippewa County 5th grade students in the identification of emerald ash borer, gypsy moth, Japanese beetle, and buckthorn. MGVs reached over 1000 attendees between these two events.
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