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Master Gardener Volunteer Program

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What is the Master Gardener Volunteer (MGV)Training Program?

The UW-Extension Master Gardener Program provides horticultural training to adults who, in turn, volunteer with horticulture-related projects that benefit their local community in support of the County Extension office programming. There is an expectation that MGVs will stay with the program 2-3 years, volunteering a minmum of 24 hours per year.

How Do I become a Certified Master Gardener Volunteer?

  • Attend a Master Gardener Volunteer interview session for acceptance into the program.
  • CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP FOR AN INTERVIEW FOR THE 2015 COURSE 
  • Sign the UWEX Master Volunteer Agreement and consent to the state background check
  • Attend the 16 session Master Gardener Volunteer course which runs from late Feb to the end of August. Classes are held approximately every other Wednesday morning.
  • 2015 COURSE BROCHURE
  • Pass the open-book take-home exam with a score of 70% or better
  • Perform the 24 hours of volunteer service by the end of the six-month course. 12 hours of the 24 total are due by June 30 in order to finish taking the classes.
    • 8 hours of the 24 are to be done at the Dane County UWEX Teaching Garden (workdays as a group are on Saturdays or on your own on weekedays)
    • 4 hours of the 24 at an assigned school garden
    • 4 hours of the 24 at an assigned community garden
    • 3 hours of the 24 at an assigned farmers market (These are on weekends; 3 hours is one shift. There are several markets to choose from.)
    • 5 hours at a location of your choice from our approved locations handout.
  • Attend one Madison Area Master Gardeners (MAMGA) educational session, social event or garden tour during the course

How Do I Keep My Certification?

  • Each year, perform 24 hours of volunteer  service (due the 1st of October) after the initial year.
  • Complete 10 hours of continuing education due the same date: These can be programs at the Garden Expo, Olbrich Gardens, Dane County UW Extension, UW Arboretum, or other approved programs.
  • Pay $15 annual dues to MAMGA (the Madison Area Master Gardeners Association)

 

MGV Hours Timesheet 2014  (Apple users, if you have problems, read this: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT2506)

MG Volunteer Hours Timesheet 2014 Page 2

 

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