Become a WSU Snohomish County Extension Master Gardener
Join over 350 WSU-Snohomish County Extension Master Gardener volunteers in teaching good gardening and environmental stewardship practices to county residents while at the same time learning and and having fun working with other like-minded volunteers.
Training focuses on familiarization and learning how to use resources to research, educate, mentor, and answer horticulture questions for the general public in a collaborative environment. With that in mind, all quizzes and exams are open book and can be re-taken. No memorization is required.
The WSU Master Gardener program grew out of the need for Washington State County Extension agents to respond to the growing interest in home gardening over 40 years ago. Last year Snohomish County Master Gardeners donated over 30,000 hours of volunteer time, including training a new class of 45 volunteers, which is done each winter.
Training involves approximately 80 hours of classroom and workshop instruction held once a week every Thursday, January through March. Classes are held at the Extension Education Center at 600 – 128th Street in South Everett from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Homework, including all quizzes and the final exam, is done through the WSU Master Gardener Online Training Program using your home computer and averages 4-6 hours a week during training.
Tuition for this extensive training program is $275 plus a minimum volunteer commitment of 40 hours each year for two years working on designated MG projects. Applications for the 2018 MG Training Class are still available here, and a wait list will be created once it is tentatively full as there are usually some withdrawals before training begins in January.
Cost of the training without the volunteer commitment is $775 for a limited number of full-tuition students, which are usually, but not limited to, horticultural professionals who don’t have the time for volunteering. Full-tuition applications are available on the Horticulture Professionals page.
For additional information:
- Training Topics
- About the WSU Master Gardener Program
- Washington State University Master Gardener Program Website
Howard Voland, Master Gardener Program Coordinator