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 minimum of 24 hours per year and completing 10 hours of continuing education.

How Do I become a Certified Master Gardener Volunteer?

  • Attend a Master Gardener Volunteer interview session for acceptance into the program.
  • 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.

    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 Annually?

  • Each year, perform 24 hours of volunteer  service (volunteer hours timesheets due the 1st of October) after the initial year.
  • Complete 10 hours of continuing education due the same date.
  • Volunteer for core projects including:
    • School Gardens
    • Farmer’s Markets
    • Community Gardens
    • UW-Extension Teaching Garden
  • Additional volunteer hours can be completed programs such as Farm Technology Days, Garden Expo, UW Arboretum, Dane County UW-Extension, Olbrich Gardens,  or other approved programs.

MGV Hours Timesheet 2015

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MG Volunteer Hours Timesheet 2015 Page 2

MGV Associations Memberships:

  • Pay $20 annual dues to MAMGA (the Madison Area Master Gardeners Association)
  • Pay $5 annual dues to WIMGA (the Wisconsin Master Gardener Association)


UWEX Approved Resources for Master Gardener Continuing Education (CE)

Master Gardener Continuing Education 

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