The Master Gardener Program in Kenosha County started in 1994. Over 238 people have been trained since that time, and there are currently 46 certified Master Gardener Volunteers (MGVs) for 2019.
In 2018, Kenosha County Master Gardener Volunteers reported 3508.75 hours of community service, worth a value of over $84,210.
* using the current estimated dollar value of volunteer time in Wisconsin of $24.69 per hour, from Independent Sector.
Teach Kids to Garden
Kenosha County Master Gardener Volunteers engaged over 360 kids with gardening and nature-based activities as part of Kenosha Parks Alliance summer program. Many of the youth involved in activities live in apartments or had no access to a garden. One MGV states, “Our program allowed them to experience gardening and to gain a better understanding of how food is grown.”
Grow School Garden
MGVs provide year-round garden activities and education at Curtis Strange Elementary. The school staff is very supportive of this project which is aligned with state Science standards. Alison Iglehart (teacher) “The Master Gardener program at Curtis Strange Elementary School gives students and staff the opportunity to work together to plant, grow, and taste their hard work. We are lucky to have this opportunity to learn and grow together in our community.”
Remove Invasive Plant Species from Natural Area
MGVs assist other organizations and agencies remove invasive plant species at the Chiwaukee Prairie, one of the largest prairie complexes in the state and the most intact coastal wetland in southeastern Wisconsin. The prairie is also a recognized National Natural Landmark by the National Park Service. MGVs educate groups and visitors to the park about prairie restoration, maintenance, and management.
Where you can find activities by MGVs
- Kenosha County Fairgrounds
- Kenosha Harbor Market
- Kemper Center
- Hospice Mediation Garden
- Horticulture Helpline (UWEX oﬃce)
- Botany in the Classroom (at Schools)
- School Gardens (Strange & Whittier)
- Kenosha Co. Center AAS Display Garden