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
2021 training season.

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.

As a Master Gardener Intern, attendance is required for a minimum of 40 hours of education. Volunteers are considered Master Gardener Trainees after they have completed the 40 hours of educational training and passed an open-book test with a 70% or better. Participants become a Volunteer in the Nebraska Extension Master Gardener Program after 40 hours of volunteer activities are 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 (including Campus Program) except Lancaster and Douglas/Sarpy


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 9, 2021* at 6:30 PM – UNL Douglas/Sarpy Extension central office, 8015 West Center Road, Omaha

November 12, 2021* 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 402/444-7804. Scott Evans, Douglas-Sarpy, Horticulture Program Coordinator

Dodge/Washington County

Interested in finding out 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 in order to receive an application.

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

For more information call 402/727-2775. Kathleen Cue, Extension Educator