Master Gardener Volunteer Program



 What is the Master Gardener Volunteer (MGV) Training Program?

The UW-Extension Master Gardener Program provides horticultural training to adults who, in turn, volunteer with horticulture-related projects that benefit their local community in support of the County Extension office programming. There is an expectation that MGVs will stay with the program three years, volunteering a minimum of 24 hours per year and completing 10 hours of continuing education. Visit the Wisconsin Master Gardener Volunteer website for more information and horticulture resources:


How Do I become a Certified Master Gardener Volunteer?

  • Attend the 17 session course which runs weekly on Monday evenings from February 25 through June 24.
  • Attend a Master Gardener Volunteer introductory session about the program.
  • Sign the UWEX volunteer agreement and consent to the state background check.
  • Pass the open-book take-home exam with a score of 70% or better
  • Complete the 24 hours of volunteer service by the end of August 2019.
  • 12 of 24 hours are to be done at the Dane County UWEX Teaching Garden (workdays as a group are on Saturdays or on your own on weekdays) 2019 Scheduled Teaching Garden Workdays
  • 4 of 24 hours at a participating school or community garden
  • 3 of 24 hours at an assigned farmers market (These are on weekends; 3 hours is one shift. There are several markets to choose from.)
  • 5 hours at a location of your choice from our approved locations handout.
  • Attend one Madison Area Master Gardeners (MAMGA) educational session, social event or garden tour by the end of August.


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  • Each year after you are certified complete 24 hours of volunteer  service (volunteer hours time sheets due Oct 1) after the initial year.
  • Complete 10 hours of continuing education due the same date.
  • Volunteer for core projects including:
  • Additional volunteer hours can be completed programs such as Farm Technology Days, Garden Expo, UW Arboretum, Dane County UW-Extension, Olbrich Gardens,  or other Volunteer Opportunities. Please make connections and seek out community organizations to support through volunteering.

2019 MGV Approved Volunteer Sites

MGV Associations Memberships:

UWEX Approved Resources for Master Gardener Continuing Education (CE)

Master Gardener Continuing Education 

Newsletters from MAMGA

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