Welcome to Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in Aransas County
Master Gardener Training
Registration deadline is July 29, 2016.
Classes run August 2 through November 15, 2016.
Class size for the Intern training program is limited.
Tuition is charged.
Master Gardener programs exist in all 50 states, coordinated by each state’s Extension Service. In Texas, Master Gardeners receive extensive training through Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, and then volunteer a minimum of 20 hours each year following certification in projects designed to bring horticulture education to our community.
The Intern course consists of 50 hours of instruction by local horticultural experts and Extension Specialists to complete the first phase of the training program.
Some of the topics included are:
- Basic Botany
- Plant Propagation
- Lawn Care
- Landscape Design
- Fruit Production
- Plant Identification Selection and Care
- Attracting Birds and Butterflies
- Earth-Kind Gardening Practices
In addition, 50 hours of local volunteer work is required in the year following the class to be certified as a Master Gardener.
For more information, call Texas A&M AgriLife Extension – Aransas County Office at 361-790-0103 or stop by the office at 892 Airport Road, Rockport, Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m.–noon, and 1:00-5:00 p.m.
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About Aransas County
Aransas County is located on the Coastal Bend portion of the Gulf of Mexico, a short drive to the Northeast of Corpus Christi.
Created out of the coastal portion of Refugio County in 1871, Aransas County is one of the smallest of Texas’ 254 counties. Encompassing only 276 square miles of land, it is composed of numerous peninsulas, islands and bays (click here for map).
However, within its small boundaries are three bays which tie into the larger Aransas Bay: Copano, St. Charles, and Mesquite. This area was the site of early Native American inhabitation and Spanish exploration, as well as, Anglo colonization efforts of the 1830’s and 1840’s.
The county population as of the 2000 census is 23,129 an increase of 29 percent since 1990. The county seat is located in Rockport but the area is often referred to as Rockport-Fulton because these two distinct communities overlap. Visit the Rockport-Fulton Chamber of Commerce website for a listing of upcoming events, local attractions and current local weather conditions.
Aransas County communities are supported by tourism, bird watching, recreational and commercial fishing, offshore oil and gas production and agriculture. For more historical information on Aransas County visit The Handbook of Texas Online.
The county is home to the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge, created in 1937 and winter home to the endangered Whooping Crane.
To provide quality, relevant, outreach education programs and services to the people of Texas.
What we do
AgriLife Extension brings the resources from the Texas A&M University System to the people of Texas. Through locally based faculty, AgriLife Extension provides unbiased, research-based information, educational programs, and technical assistance in the following core service areas:
- Youth Development
- Family & Consumer Sciences
- Nutrition, Diet and Health
- Environmental Stewardship
- Community and Economic Development