Training Sites


If your county is not listed below, please contact your local UNL Extension office for information regarding the closest training location. Note: Training may not occur every year in each county.
Adams County - Ron Seymour Lincoln, Logan & McPherson Counties - David Lott
Buffalo County - Ted Griess Madison County - Wayne Ohnesorg
Cheyenne, Kimball, Banner Counties - Karen DeBoer Nemaha County - Gary Lesoing
Dodge County - Natalia Bjorklund Platte County - Kelly Feehan
Douglas County - Kathleen Cue Scotts Bluff County - Jim Schild, Gary Stone
Gage County - Nicole Stoner Washington County - Steve Tonn
Hall County - Elizabeth Killinger York County - Sarah Browning
Lancaster County - Mary Jane Frogge UNL East Campus Program - Terri James

2017 Nebraska Extension Master Gardener Connections Training Series

University of Nebraska—Lincoln Extension is offering several lawn and garden programs this spring that are open to the public and part of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension Master Gardener training program.

  • February 7Plant Diagnostics –“What is wrong with this plant?” Diagnosing plant problems can be difficult. There can be many different causes for a symptom. Learn what questions to ask to narrow down possible causes and about diagnostics tools to use. There will be a review of 2016 plant issues; and participants will practice diagnosing plant problems through role playing. - Presented by Kelly Feehan, Platte County Extension Educator
  • February 14 – Turf Basics – Want does it take to get a great lawn? Learn the basics of turfgrass management along with proper fertilizer and irrigation application techniques in home lawns and public spaces. With great hands-on activities of how to correctly calculate fertilizer and irrigation amounts through calibrating fertilizer spreader and irrigation systems you too can have a great home lawn. - Presented by Bill Kreuser, Assistant Professor, Extension Turfgrass Specialist
  • February 21 – Small Fruit Production – Here is a great opportunity to learn how to successfully grow small fruit crops including strawberries, grapes, and brambles in Nebraska! Learn about the various aspects of growing these crops from planting, training, and pruning, to efficient water and nutrient application, to integrated pest management that all impact the success of these crops. -Presented by Connie Fisk – Regional Food Systems Extension EducatorFebruary 28 – Soil Basics – What are the components that come together to create soil? Learn about the various aspects of soil particle structures and textures, and how they impact the property of different classes of soil. Participants will also learn how to collect soil tests and interpret test results. -Presented by Brian Krienke, Extension Educator, Department of Agronomy and HorticultureMarch 7 – Landscape Design – What are the secrets of quality landscape design for home and public landscapes across Nebraska? Elizabeth Killinger will share the crucial elements of landscape design that maximize the resources available for those flourishing landscapes wherever you live in Nebraska. With the principles of a good landscape in mind – you will then design a landscape in a box! - Presented by Elizabeth Killinger, Hall County Extension Educator
  • March 21 – Insect Physiology, Pesticides and Pollinators – Insects feature body parts that have been adapted to the growing and reproductive needs of their respective species and insect orders. Learn about these variations, and how they impact the growth and function of insects in the landscape. Learn more about the science behind pesticides, and how they can impact insect health in landscapes and the environment. Participants will also learn how to provide a variety of plant material in the landscape to support pollinator and beneficial insects in the landscape! -Presented by Jonathan Larson, Douglas-Sarpy Extension Educator and Natalia Bjorklund, Dodge County Extension Educator
All programs will be held from 6:00-9:00 p.m. CST, and 5:00-8:00 p.m. MST at each of the locations across Nebraska.
Please check to see if the 2017 Nebraska Extension Master Gardener Connections is offered at your local Extension Office.