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Master Gardener Volunteer Program


What is the Master Gardener Volunteer Training Program?

The UW-Extension Master Gardener Program provides horticultural training to adults who, in turn, volunteer to help with horticulture-related projects that benefit their local community or County Extension office.

How Do I become a Certified Master Gardener Volunteer?

  • Attend the Master Gardener Volunteer orientation session.
  • Sign the UWEX Master Volunteer Agreement and consent to the state background check
  • Attend the 15 session Master Gardener  course.
  • 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
  • Attend one Madison Area Master Gardeners (MAMGA) educational session or garden tour during the course

How Do I Keep My Certification?Master Gardener logo

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

  MGV Timesheet 2014 fillable 

UWEX Approved Resources for Master Gardener Continuing Education (CE)

 Master Gardener Continuing Education 

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