The mission of the UW Madison Division of Extension’s WI Master Gardener Program is to extend the knowledge and resources of the UW Madison to people where they live and work. Being a Master Gardener is about becoming a VOLUNTEER with the UW-Madison Division of Extension to help educate the public about gardening and natural resources.
The Master Gardener Volunteer program is administered by the UW Madison Division of Extension Master Gardener Program Office. Due to Covid-19 situation, the Master Gardener Program office is not accepting any application to join the MG program. For more information, contact the state MG program office.
Being a Master Gardener Volunteer!
Master Gardener Volunteers assist their local university extension educators address identified community needs, such as:
- Increasing food security
- Creating safe green spaces
- Beautification projects in downtowns and parks
- Garden therapy programs with seniors to maintain their physical and mental health
- School garden programs to promote science awareness in kids
- Display gardens to protect pollinators, combat invasives, and encourage gardening
- Answering gardening questions, using the internet in addition to the phone and face-to-face
- Facilitate gardening projects at schools, libraries, and other public community sites
- Use gardening to teach life skills to the incarcerated
- And much more
How to become a Master Gardener Volunteer?
Learn about plants and how to take care of them. Participate in an in person Extension program (currently none scheduled due to COVID-19) or sign up for our new, online Foundations in Horticulture (late 2021).
As a Master Gardener Volunteer, you are a representative of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Division of Extension. Our orientation will explain the scope of your role as a volunteer. This will also enroll you into the program, including the required criminal background check. Finally, you will complete the entrance exam, which requires a score of 70% or better.
As a Master Gardener Volunteer you apply your knowledge and skills to the people and the communities you live through answering garden questions, educating others, and gardening. A minimum of 24 hours of volunteer activity and 10 hours of continuing education are required to be completed and reported each year.
#4. Make a Difference
Your involvement will lead to an increase in knowledge and skill in yourself and those your reach. You will use your knowledge of plants to improve lives of others and the community you live in. This, ultimately, will lead to a bigger change in the world around us.
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