Do you have a passion for plants and the great outdoors? Do you want to know more about plant cultivation and composting techniques? Are you enthusiastic about learning, sharing information with others, and community outreach? If so, then please join us at Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Passaic County’s Master Gardener class of 2018. The class meets every Thursday, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at the Passaic County Police Academy at 214 Oldham Rd., Wayne. Class begins on Sept. 14, and will end in May of 2018.

Each week the class will receive training through classroom lectures and field trips presented by lecturers from Rutgers University and other subject matter experts. Some of the topics covered will include: soils, plant nutrient management, floriculture, landscape design, turf management, plant propagation, shrub maintenance and pruning, and a variety of other topics.

Once the in-class portion of the program has been completed, program participants then volunteer 70 hours within the community before receiving their official certification. The volunteer hours can be spent on new projects or existing projects managed by current Rutgers Master Gardeners. These include: Passaic County Parks; New Jersey Botanical Gardens; Laurelwood Arboretum; Morris Canal Park; Bloomingdale Senior Center; Master Gardener Helpline; Preakness Healthcare Center; and Horticultural Therapy instruction.

For an application, visit http://www.mgapc.org/ or call Rachel DeFlumeri of Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Passaic County at 973-305-5748 Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The class registration deadline is Aug. 31.