Become a Kittitas County Master Gardener
Becoming a Master Gardener volunteer is not for the faint of heart. However, for those who successfully complete the process, the rewards are many.
Master Gardeners are willing and able to participate fully in all aspects of educating the public about scientifically valid horticultural practices. In return for a commitment to provide at least 40 hours of volunteer service their first year, and 25 hours per year thereafter, WSU and the Kittitas County Extension provide approximately a dozen 4 hour-long classes, as well as intensive online training. Topics range everywhere from general botany to greenhouse construction. Classes are generally held on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of each month, October through April, from 9-1.
There are two fees associated with training. WSU charges ~$75 for the online portion of the training. The Kittitas County MG Foundation charges ~$25. This is the portion that offsets a portion of the materials and supplies, speakers’ fees, and other expenses occurred. The Foundation covers remaining expenses with money earned at the annual plant sale. Scholarships are available to those with demonstrated need.
The steps to becoming a Master Gardener are as follows:
- Return your completed application, including references;
- Pass a required background check;
- Come in for an informal interview;
- Attend each class and field trip;
- Pass each chapter quiz and final (all open-book) with 80% or above;
- Successfully complete approved final project;
- Perform 40 hours of volunteer work in your first year as an intern.