Master Composter Training Program

The Denver Master Composter Training Program is a ten-session training course that prepares individuals to be Master Composters and, in turn, equips participants to share their newly acquired knowledge with others in the community. Through hands-on sessions, Master Composter participants learn about a broad range of compost and recycling topics, including the science behind the composting process, resource conservation, and the effective use of recycled household materials in gardens and home landscapes.

In addition to 40 hours of in-depth compost training in March and April, each Master Composter logs 40 hours of self-paced volunteer outreach from May to October. These outreach hours give Master Composter volunteers the chance to give back to the community, and include opportunities such as teaching “Learn to Compost” seminars at the Gove Community Garden Compost Demonstration Site and participating in relevant outreach events at community gardens, schools and farmers’ markets.

The first seven training classes are held on Monday evenings at Denver Urban Gardens’ headquarters at The Horse Barn, located at 1031 33rd Street in Denver. Other training sessions are held at the Gove Community Garden Compost Demonstration site, located near 14th Ave. and Colorado Blvd. Outreach events and give-back hours are located throughout metro Denver and often occur on evenings and weekends. Master Composters must provide their own transportation to outreach events.

2020 Master Composter Training Program Class Schedule:

Date Class Hours Location
Monday, March 2nd 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM Horse Barn
Monday, March 9th 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM Horse Barn
Monday, March 16th 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM Horse Barn
Monday, March 23rd 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM Horse Barn
Monday, March 30th 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM Horse Barn
Monday, April 6th 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM Horse Barn
Monday, April 13th 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM Horse Barn
Friday, April 17th 7:30 AM – 3:30 PM Tour
Saturday, April 25th 8:00 AM – 2:00 PM Gove Compost Demo Site
Saturday, May 2nd 8:00 AM – 2:00 PM Gove Compost Demo Site
Sunday, May 3rd 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM Gove Compost Demo Site

Thanks to Denver Recycles for their generous support of this program!

Applications for the Master Composter Program OPEN!

TO APPLY: Please contact our Senior Education Specialist, Judy Elliot, by phone or email at 720.404.0621 or judy@dug.org