[PAST EVENT] VIMS/VASG & TOGA present: THE MASTER OYSTER GARDENERS COURSE (MOG)
LocationOnline via Zoom
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Virginia Institute of Marine Science, Virginia Sea Grant in partnership with the Tidewater Oyster Gardeners Association present:
THE MASTER OYSTER GARDENERS COURSE (MOG)
When: MAY – JUNE, 2022
Online applications will be accepted until April 8, 2022.
This is an in-depth course for oyster gardeners with at least 1-year experience and who want to support the Tidewater Oyster Gardeners Association’s (TOGA) outreach mission through volunteer service. Learn more about oyster gardening fundamentals; the regulatory and human health issues surrounding oyster gardening; oyster biology and life history; oyster diseases; and the diversity of “critters” that live in and around oyster gardens. Attendees will also get a start-to-finish look at the oyster cultivation process at the VIMS oyster hatchery.
The MOG course content will be delivered in 1-hour modules held virtually via Zoom on Tue/Thur evenings at 6:00 pm beginning May 10 and continuing through June 9, 2022. There will be two, in-person activities scheduled on a Saturday (tentatively May 14 and June 11). Applicants are expected to have the availability to attend most, if not all, sessions as the discussions will be an important part of the course. The MOG course purpose is to provide a steady stream of highly trained volunteers who can lead TOGA’s outreach mission. The first MOG course was held in 1998 and graduated nineteen enthusiastic MOGs. The 2021 MOG course had the largest class (26) and the first to test out the virtual format which was so successful it has been adopted as the format moving forward.