Becoming a Master Gardener
Join over 300 WSU-Snohomish County Extension Master Gardener (MG) volunteers in teaching good gardening and related horticulture and environmental stewardship practices to Snohomish County residents while at the same time learning and and having fun working with other like-minded volunteers.
Training to become a MG 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.
MG Training for 2024 is expected to be held at Willis Tucker Park in Snohomish when classes are held in-person. Roughly half of the classes, however, will be held via Zoom. Classes are typically held on Thursdays, beginning in the first two weeks of January and ending in April, for a total of 13 weeks. If any in-person classes are not viable during established training dates due to public health guidelines or to inclement weather, some in-person sessions may be re-scheduled or presented via Zoom.
Tuition for this extensive training program is $425 plus a minimum volunteer commitment of 40 hours during the first year, after which Certified WSU MG status is awarded. Certified Master Gardeners may continue in the MG Program by meeting a minimum annual volunteer commitment of 35 hours. A limited number of partial scholarships are available.
Successful applicants demonstrate a strong volunteer ethic and a deep sense of commitment, coupled with a willingness to learn and share what they learn.
The application period for the Master Gardener Class of 2024 is now closed. If you would like to be placed on the Interest List for 2025, please contact Horticulture Secretary, Kara Carter, at email@example.com and you will be notified when applications are available.
Please see the section to the right for general information on Master Gardener Basic Training.
2024 Training Schedule
Dates: Thursdays, Jan. 11 thru Apr. 4.
Hours: 8:30am – 3:00pm (subject to change)
We are expecting to hold classes in-person at Willis Tucker Park, as well as virtually using Zoom, to accomodate the very best training opportunities and instructors available. We will follow whatever COVID public health guidelines may be in effect at the time, if any. If in-person classes are not viable during established training dates due to public health guidelines or due to inclement weather, some in-person sessions may be rescheduled or presented via Zoom.
Tuition is $425 plus a minimum volunteer commitment of 40 hours the first year. A limited number of partial scholarships are available.
- Computer and Internet connection that meets ALL these minimum technical requirements
- E-mail account that you check regularly
- Zoom account
The application period for the Snohomish County WSU Master Gardener Class of 2024 is now closed.
For questions regarding 2024 MG training and/or applications, please contact MG Program Coordinator Mary Watts via email or phone at firstname.lastname@example.org or (425) 357-6001.
If you would like to be notified when applications are available for the 2025 class, please contact Horticulture Secretary, Kara Carter, at email@example.com.
Thank you for your interest in the Snohomish County WSU Master Gardener Program!