Become a Master Gardener Volunteer
Why Become an Extension Master Gardener?
Extension Master Gardeners become friends with many interesting and talented individuals. Extension Master Gardeners never stop learning, but continue to grow in their knowledge of garden related issues. Being an Extension Master Gardener volunteer is a fun, interesting and rewarding experience.
Who Can Apply?
Any Sedgwick County resident, age 18 or over who has an interest in gardening can apply. If you want to improve your skills and knowledge and you like to work with people, the Extension Master Gardener program may be for you. A potential Sedgwick County Master Gardener must demonstrate an interest in gardening, an enthusiasm for acquiring and sharing knowledge, and a sincere commitment to volunteerism and community betterment.
The application process involves the following steps:
- Attend an optional meeting (typically in July) where the Master Gardener program will be explained and what is required of Master Gardener trainees will be outlined.
- Complete and submit the Master Gardener Application.
- Participate in an interview held during the last half of August.
Applicants will receive a notice of whether they have been accepted into the Master Gardener class during the first part of September. Class size is limited.
What is the Cost?
An enrollment fee of $120 covers the cost of all educational materials. Need-based partial scholarships available. Request the form from the Program Coordinator.
2020 Master Gardener Program Update
Typically we would be accepting applications and scheduling interviews towards the end of July, then select our class before Labor Day, and start Basic Training classes in mid-September. The classes would be all day each Thursday through the week before Thanksgiving. We have a requirement each year of 48 hours of volunteer work through projects and events we sponsor, as well as 18 hours of additional training. As you can imagine, this year has been quite a challenge. We are working hard to serve the public, and find limited ways for our volunteers to participate remotely, but due to the COVID-19 situation this year, we have made the decision not to have a Master Gardener class for 2020.
Information will be updated throughout the year, as we are hoping 2021 is a better year for gathering, or by then we should have more virtual training available. With the timeline this year, it would have been very difficult to interview potential Master Gardeners online and then provide the quality of training that would meet our standards without knowing whether we could meet in person or not. You can access information on upcoming gardening classes, and our virtual Garden Tour, as well as updates on our Master Gardener Program at www.sedgwick.ksu.edu.