Master Gardener Training
Have you always wanted to learn more about gardening, to meet new people and to make a difference in the community? Then the WSU Master Gardener might be right for your volunteer time. The process of becoming a WSU Master Gardener is a rewarding and educational endeavor.
Here are the highlights of training:
- Training is offered one time per year, over 13 weeks January through April.
- The training program fee for the 2020 class is $175. Class size is limited.
- Applications deadline is September 30. Read the Cover Letter for more information.
- The main component of the training program is on-line, with weekly classes taught by WSU Extension faculty & staff, Master Gardeners and other experts.
- Training is estimated to require 120 hours. When satisfactorily completed, trainees become interns.
- Master Gardener interns complete 100 hours within 2 years to become Certified Master Gardeners.
- Certified Master Gardeners annually volunteer 35 hours and complete 15 hours of continuing education to remain in the program.
Master Gardener volunteer options
- diagnosis plant problems in our diagnosis clinics
- educational outreach at events such as the Home & Garden Show, county fairs, farmers markets
- teach classes
- develop and maintain the Community Education Gardens at Springwater & Western, in Wenatchee, WA
- maintain our demonstration gardens, such as the riverside xeriscape demonstration garden at Walla Walla Park, in Wenatchee, WA
- teach children about gardening
- write gardening topics in the local newspaper column
- speak on radio and television
- projects of special interest to you
- help fund raising to support the Master Gardener program
Contact our coordinator Jennifer Cawdery for more information.