Master Gardener Program

Two leaves sit beside the words "Master Gardener University of Wisconsin - Madison Division of Extension"

 

Being a Master Gardener is about becoming a VOLUNTEER with the University of Wisconsin-Extension to help educate the public about gardening and natural resources. It’s not about knowing everything about gardening. It’s about learning to ask the right questions and knowing how to look up information from appropriate resources.  Being a Master Gardener is about helping deliver meaningful community programs to improve the well-being of individuals and communities, to protect natural resources, and to help keep fresh fruits and vegetables on the table. It’s about working in tandem with Extension staff and other volunteers to make a difference in the places we live, learn, and work.

 

Certification Process

Initial certification

Prior to training:

  • attend orientation / interview with county offering program
  • complete the mandatory criminal background check to be accepted as a UW-Extension volunteer
  • complete UW-Extension Volunteer Behavior Expectations form

After acceptance into MG Program:

  • complete Level 1 training
  • pass the exam with a score of 70% or better
  • complete and REPORT a minimum of 24 hours of approved volunteer hours by specified deadline

Once all of the requirements listed above are completed an individual is a certified MGV.

Recertification

Must be done annually to maintain certification:

  • complete and REPORT a minimum of 24 hours of approved volunteer hours by October 1
  • complete and REPORT a minimum of 10 hours of Continuing Education
  • sign the UW-Extension Volunteer Behavior Expectations form
  • complete the mandatory criminal background check to be renewed as a UW-Extension volunteer (will be required every 4 years)
  • complete Mandated Reporter Training (once) if not included in Level 1 training

Once all of the requirements listed above are completed an individual is a certified MGV.

 

How to become a Master Gardener

The step by step process can be found on the Wisconsin Master Gardener website link below.

Wisconsin Master Gardener Website 

 

Outagamie County Master Gardener Association Website

Learn more about Outagamie County Master Gardeners, their projects, upcoming events on their website.

Outagamie County Master Gardener Association Website 

 

Master Gardener Links

Online Reporting System Link

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