Become A Master Gardener

  • Become a Master Gardener

    Master Gardeners working in the Backyard Farmer garden

Applications to become a volunteer in the
Nebraska Extension Master Gardener program is CLOSED for the
2023 training season.

Applications for the 2024 training season will open in late Fall.

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

As a Master Gardener Intern, attendance is required for 40 hours of education. Volunteers are considered Master Gardener Trainees after completing the 40 hours of educational training and passing an open-book test with a 70% or better. Participants become Volunteers in the Nebraska Extension Master Gardener Program after completing 40 hours of volunteer activities. This title is retained until the training sessions begin the following year again.

Returning Master Gardeners must complete a minimum* of 10 hours of continuing education and 20 hours of volunteer activities each year to remain active.
*Counties have the option to increase this total - check your local county for detailed requirements

Master Gardener Position Description & Volunteer Opportunities

For all Counties (including Campus Program) except Lancaster and Douglas/Sarpy

ONLINE APPLICATION - OPEN for the  2023 training classes.
Applications will remain open until January 29, 2023. 

Lancaster County

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

For more information about the program administered 

  • Lancaster County office (day classes) contact Mary Jane Frogge at (402) 441-7180
  • Campus (evening classes) contact Terri James at (402) 472-8973

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 brochure

  • Friday, November 17, 2023, 6:30 PM – Douglas County Extension Office
  • Saturday, November 18, 2023, 9:30 AM – Sump Memorial Library
For more information, call 402/444-7804. Scott Evans, Douglas-Sarpy, Horticulture Program Coordinator

Dodge/Washington County

Are you interested in learning more about Volunteering with the Dodge county Nebraska Extension Master Gardener program?
Anyone wanting to apply to the 2022 training program must attend this meeting to receive an application.

Meeting Date TBA 2024 – Nebraska Extension in Dodge County, 1206 West 23 rd Street in Fremont