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COVID-19 Advisory: WSU Extension is working to keep our communities safe. All Extension programming is being provided virtually, postponed, or canceled. Effective March 16, 2020, WSU Extension county offices and WSU Research & Extension Centers will be closed to the public. We are available via email, phone, and webconference.

Become a Master Gardener

Program Contact: Jennifer Kaye Cawdery, Coordinator
(509) 667-6540 • jennifer.cawdery@wsu.edu

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.

The WSU Master Gardener Program of Chelan/Douglas Counties will not be conducting training for new Master Gardeners in 2021. We anticipate we will begin accepting applications in Fall 2021 for the 2022 training year. To receive notification when applications are available, contact Jenn Cawdery, Program Coordinator jennifer.cawdery@wsu.edu

When we next offer our program, here are the highlights of training:

  • Training is offered one time per year, over 13 weeks January through April.
  •  Read the Cover Letter for the applications deadline and 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.
(509) 667-6540

Application Documents

 

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