The WSU Extension Master Gardener Program is open to adults with an interest in gardening and a willingness to use their knowledge, experience and enthusiasm to make a positive impact on our local community. You do not need to be an expert gardener to apply, you just need to have a desire to learn and serve your community.
WSU Master Gardeners are Volunteer Community Educators. You will receive training from WSU and give back a minimum of 40 hours of volunteer service your first year in order to become certified Master Gardener Volunteer Educator. Once you have successfully completed the training year portion of the course and become a certified Master Gardener, the option of continuing to maintain your certification as a Master Gardener you will then be required to do 25 hours of volunteer service and 10 hours of continuing education.
Currently in Benton and Franklin Counties, Master Gardener training is held on the second Tuesday of every month. Training is a hybrid of a mandatory online core curriculum and in class lectures. The in class presentations are about three hours in length and are usually held on Tuesday afternoons from 12:30 until around 3:30 pm. Attendance at the in person training for your first year is highly encouraged and at least 8 of the 12 must be attended in order to successfully complete the program. The cost of the program is $175, which is paid after acceptance into the program. Scholarships are available. You can fill out the applications below or contact the Extension office at (509) 735-3551.
Space for this program is limited.