Master Gardeners

Program Contact: Adena Sabins, Extension Coordinator
(509) 684-2588 • asabins@wsu.edu

The Master Gardener Class is now closed for 2017.

Class will start January 2017.

The WSU Master Gardener Program is open to anyone over the age of 18 who has a passion for gardening and a desire and willingness to use their experiences and knowledge to make a positive impact on Stevens County. If you are looking for a way to expand your current gardening knowledge and serve your community we hope you will consider joining our class.

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WSU Master Gardener Training 2016 

The Master Gardener Program’s purpose is to train volunteers to be effective community educators in gardening and environmental stewardship. Master Gardeners enhance communites through demonstration gardens, learning workshops and plant clinics. Whatever the priority need may be, if it can be addressed through gardening, WSU Extension Master Gardener volunteers are there to serve as part of the solution. Master Gardener training covers a wide variety of horticulture topics. The purpose is not to teach all the answers but provide resources so answers can be found.

Trainees are educated in sustainable horticulture practices and diagnosis skills, using on-line training modules developed by WSU that can be accessed and completed from any computer with an internet connection. Most course work will be online done at home. Trainees will also attend a series of face-to-face classes, where there will be additional instruction, topic discussions and hands-on activities. Trainees will be expected to complete the training modules, the quizzes and final exam as well as attend every scheduled class and the orientation session before working on clocking in their first volunteer hours. If needed, computer lab time can be arranged.

Training is estimated to require 120 hours. When satisfactorily completed, trainees become interns. Master Gardener interns complete 40 volunteer hours within 1 year to become Certified Master Gardeners. Certified Master Gardeners annually volunteer 40 hours and complete 10 hours of continuing education to remain in the program.

A minimum of 10 people are needed to run the class.

To become a Master Gardener Volunteer you first must complete an application. Because WSU Extension Master Gardeners volunteers work with children and the elderly, a criminal background check is required for all our volunteers. If selected as a potential Master Gardener volunteer you will be contacted with additional instructions. Those selected will be asked to review and sign the enrollment documents and pay training fees. Ask about availability of scholarships for training. Successful applicants must complete the Online Training course, attend scheduled classes, pass quizzes and exams, and volunteer the required number of hours in approved educational activities and document volunteer hours.

Download the Master Gardener application 2016.

Learn about what it is like to be a Master Gardener Volunteer by reading the volunteer description.

Read about the history of the Master Gardener Program.

If you are interested in the program please contact Adena for further information and to be added to the class contact list. If enough people are interested then a class will be held in 2016.


Helpful Master Gardener Volunteer Links

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