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Become a Master Gardener

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Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, we did not conduct Master Gardener (MG) Training in 2021. However, we are conducting a 2022 MG Basic Training class using a combination of online Zoom classes, in-person hands-on training, and online homework.

The Class of 2022 is full but if you want to notified when we begin taking applications for the next training class, please email Horticulture Secretary Kara Carter (email).

Applicants should note that MG Trainees are WSU volunteers and are thereby subject to the Governor’s Proclamation 21-14.1 (website) “COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement” as well as any other COVID protocols required by the state, WSU, Snohomish County, and any other applicable local authority. All COVID-19 protocols will be strictly enforced.

 

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 2022 will involve a combination of virtual Zoom classes and in-person hands-on exercises held on Thursdays, from January 27 through April 28 with two Saturday classes on April 9 & 23. Individual class times may vary, but will always be between 7:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. The In-person hands-on classes may be held at one or more of these possible locations and may be outside: McCollum Park, South Everett; Jennings Park, Marysville; Legion Park, North Everett; Willis Tucker Park, South of Snohomish; and the Evergreen Fairgrounds, Monroe.

Tuition for this extensive training program is $375 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.

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 Class of 2022 is full but if you want to notified when we begin taking applications for the next training class, please email Horticulture Secretary Kara Carter (email).

Additional information

Training Schedule

Thursdays, Jan. 27 thru Apr. 28.

Saturdays, Apr. 9 & 23

7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for Zoom Classes

9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for In-Person Lab Classes

Some classes may start later and end earlier.

In-person class locations are TBD. Possible sites included McCollum Park, South Everett; Jennings Park, Marysville; Legion Park, North Everett; Willis Tucker Park, South of Snohomish, and the Evergreen Fairgrounds, Monroe.

Tuition

Tuition is $375 plus a minimum volunteer commitment of 40 hours the first year.

Technical Requirements

Application Form

The Class of 2022 is full but if you want to notified when we begin taking applications for the next training class, please email Horticulture Secretary Kara Carter (email).

Updated Feb. 11, 2022