Become a Master Gardener Volunteer
2023 Master Gardener Program
We have currently scheduled a Master Gardener Informational Meeting for Thursday, July 20th, 2023, at 1:30p.m. It will be held here at the Sedgwick County Extension Education Center, 7001 W. 21st St. N., in Wichita. After the interview process, the incoming class will be selected by the end of August, and will start Basic Training classes in September. The classes are usually from 9:00am to 4:00pm each Thursday from September through mid December. Some or all of the interviews and training for incoming Master Gardeners may be virtual. We will finalize the training schedule in August. 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.
Information will be updated throughout the year, as we have more information and make decisions about our Fall class of 2023. You can access information on upcoming gardening classes, as well as updates on our Master Gardener Program at www.sedgwick.ksu.edu.
The information below provides further details about the Master Gardener program.
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 where the Master Gardener program will be explained and what is required of Master Gardener trainees will be outlined. This year, the meeting is scheduled for Thursday, July 20, 2023, from 1:30-3:30pm at the K-State Research and Extension offices, 7001 W. 21st St. N.
- Complete and submit a Master Gardener Application.
- Participate in an interview held during August.
Applicants will receive notice of whether they have been accepted into the Master Gardener class by the end of August. Class size is limited.
What is the Cost?
An enrollment fee of $120 covers the cost of all educational materials. Need-based partial scholarships are available. Request the form from the Program Coordinator.