Become A Master Gardener

  • Become a Master Gardener

    Master Gardeners working in the Backyard Farmer garden

Applications for the 2019 Nebraska Extension
Master Gardener Volunteer program is now open.

Classes are held once a year, beginning sometime between January and March. Contact your local county extension office to determine the training location closest to you. Enrollment may be limited based on available space.

Attendance is required for a minimum of 40 hours of education. Volunteers are considered Master Gardener Interns after they have completed the 40 hours of educational training and passed an open-book test with a 70% or better. A volunteer becomes a University of Nebraska Extension Master Gardener after 40 hours of volunteer activities is completed. This title is retained until the training sessions begin again the following year.

Returning Master Gardeners must complete a minimum of 10 hours of continuing education and 20 hours of volunteer activities each year to remain active.

Master Gardener Position Description & Volunteer Opportunities

For all Counties except Lancaster and Douglas/Sarpy

ONLINE APPLICATION

Lancaster County

See Lancaster County Extension Master Gardener program for information and application. This is the daytime program in Lancaster County. 

Douglas/Sarpy County

Applicants from Douglas/Sarpy DO NOT use the application forms listed above. Applications are made available only at Master Gardener informational meetings. See Douglas/Sarpy Extension for information on meeting times. These meetings are designed to inform the public about the qualifications necessary to be accepted into the internship program. For more information on the Douglas/Sarpy Program download the program brochure (708 KB). 

Master Gardener Intern applicants must attend one of the following meetings:

November 12, 2019* at 6:30 PM – UNL Douglas/Sarpy Extension central office, 8015 West Center Road, Omaha

November 14, 2019* at 1 PM –  Sump Memorial Library, Papillion, 222 N. Jefferson (N. Washington & 2nd St.)

*Times and locations subject to change.

Applicants will be interviewed at a later date. Twenty-five applicants are selected annually to intern in the Douglas/Sarpy County Master Gardener Program.

For more information call 444-7804. Scott Evans, Master Gardener Program Coordinator

Dodge/Washington County

Interested in finding out more about the Nebraska Extension Master Gardener program’s 2019 Dodge County classes?  Plan to attend one of two informational meetings in November

November 15, 2018* at 5:30 PM – Nebraska Extension in Dodge County, 1206 West 23rd Street in Fremont

November 16, 2018* at 1:30 PM –  Nebraska Extension in Washington County, 597 Grant Street in Blair

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