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2022 WSU Master Gardener Training Information and Application Process

Program Contact: Cori Carlton, Master Gardener & Master Recycler Composter Program Manager
360-867-2162 •
Thank you for your interest in the 2022 WSU Thurston County Master Gardener Training.

On this page you will find details for the 2022 WSU Master Gardener Training, and important information on the application process.

Application process for the 2022 WSU Master Gardener Training

The application process to be considered for the 2022 WSU Master Gardener Training involves three steps as outlined below.  Acceptance letters will be sent out to applicants that successfully complete and pass all 3 steps.

The training class does have a cap and will be filled on a first come, first served basis. If there is still room, the very last date to submit your volunteer application is 5pm on Friday, December 10, 2021.  You must be 18 years old or over to apply.

The information provided in your application and the meet and greet will help determine if the WSU Master Gardener program is a good fit.

The WSU Master Gardener Program requires a significant time commitment.  To help you decide if it will be a good fit for your life, we suggest that you watch the pre-orientation video before applying.  The pre-orientation video will provide an overview of what it takes to be a WSU Master Gardener volunteer including program expectations, as well as all the benefits of being a WSU Master Gardener volunteer.

2022 WSU Extension Thurston County Master Gardener Training Details

WSU Master Gardener Training involves approximately 75 hours of instruction over 20 weeks, starting on January 28, 2022 and ending on June 10, 2022. Classes will be help virtually on Zoom and in-person, with additional learning to be done at home between classes. Each WSU Master Gardener trainee is assigned a mentor to assist them in the education process.

In between classes, trainees can expect an average 2 to 3 hours of homework per week, including reading chapters from the WSU Master Gardener Manual, using the online training system to complete interactive activities, and completing assignments that reinforce concepts discussed in the classroom. You will also be expected to complete online quizzes that are multiple choice, open book, and graded pass/fail. Quizzes are taken for retention of new material and are done at home using your own computer.

COVID-19 Protocols

Interactive learning is a very important part of the WSU Master Gardener Training, so the typical training schedule and format have been adapted to allow for in-person interaction and learning while accommodating COVID-19 protocols and safety.  To limit the amount of time spent in-person while indoors, training will be held virtually while the weather is wet and cold during February and early March.  Additionally, when training is in-person, half of the day will be indoors, and half of the day will be outdoors (except for class on January 28).

On days when we do meet in-person (indoors and outdoors), trainees will be required to follow COVID-19 policies set by Washington State University.

All trainees must be fully vaccinated by the first day of class on January 28, 2022.  The application contains a question on vaccination status and applicants will be asked to show proof of vaccination at the in-person meet and greet.

2022 Tech requirements for training


All trainees must have a computer with internet access, an e-mail account, a web cam and microphone, and a Zoom account to participate.  The WSU Master Gardener Program uses email as a primary mode of communication outside of the classroom, and the internet and Zoom for other program and training needs.

2022 Training Location

Classes will either be held virtually on Zoom or in person, either in the field or held at a training room in Lacey. Location details will be given upon acceptance into the program.

2022 Training Dates, Times, Format

Dates Times Format
January 28 9am-4pm In-Person
February 4 9am-noon Virtual
February 11 9am-noon Virtual
February 18 9am-noon Virtual
February 25 9am-noon Virtual
March 4 9am-noon Virtual
March 11 9am-4pm In-Person
March 18 9am-4pm In-Person
April 1 9am-4pm In-Person
April 8 9am-4pm In-Person
April 29 9am-4pm In-Person
May 13 9am-4pm In-Person
May 21 (Saturday) 9am-4pm In-Person
May 27 9am-noon In-Person
June 3 9am-4pm In-Person
June 10 9am-4pm In-Person


Morning, lunch, and afternoon breaks are scheduled but vary depending on the agenda for the day.

2022 Training Cost

The cost of this extensive training program is $325.00 plus 60 hours of volunteer service working on designated Thurston County Master Gardener projects. You have until December 31, 2023 to complete your 60 hours of service. Please do not send payment with your application.

Cost break-down:

  • $14 for the background check (credit card only) – to be completed and paid for after meet and greet. Deadline to complete background check:
  • $75 for WSU online training program fee (credit or debit card) – to be paid between January 29 and February 3
  • $236 for local training fee (cash or check only) – to be paid on January 28, unless doing a payment (see below)

Payment plan information and Scholarships:

Payment plans for the training fee are available to anyone who completes a payment plan form. The training fee ($311) is broken into the following four monthly payments:

  • $75 is due to WSU the week between January 29 and February 3
  • $78.67 is due on/by March 31
  • $78.67 is due on/by April 30
  • $78.67 is due on/by May 31

A limited number of full and partial scholarships are available to those experiencing financial hardship. Payment plan and scholarship forms will be available at the meet and greet.


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