The answer is different for each individual but some of the reasons many of us become volunteers are:

1. Meeting other people who love gardening

2. Sharing horticultural information

3. Because gardening renews and refreshes us



Master Gardener Volunteer Training Program –  This program provides horticultural training to adults who, in turn, volunteer for Eau Claire County UW - Extension. The goal is to connect people with resources and research-based information to help people better understand horticulture and their environment.
Acceptance into the program includes passing a background check, approval of application, and signing a volunteer agreement.
Contact the UW-Extension Office at  715-839-4712 or by emailing Andy.Heren@co.eau-claire.wi.us for dates of area Master Gardener Training.



Course topics include:

  • pest management of mammals, insects, and diseases

  • lawn care, fruits, vegetable, and tree care

  • general gardening practices

The training is designed to focus on current volunteer project needs including: youth gardening and Ask-A-Master-Gardener Booth. Other volunteer opportunities are available. An educational emphasis must be a component of a volunteer project.
Maintaining volunteer status with UW-Extension’s Master Gardener Volunteer Program includes providing a minimum of 24 volunteer hours and 10 hours of continuing education.

How do I get my volunteer hours?

  • Answer horticulture questions at the UW-Extension office

  • Youth Gardens at North River Front

  • Community Gardens

  •  Ask-A-Master –Gardener-Booth at the Farmers Market in Eau Claire

  • Extension Teaching Garden in Altoona

  • Writing articles for the Eau Claire Area Master Gardener Association newsletter

  • Master Gardener Plant Sale    

  • Eau Claire Area  Master Gardener Association Board

  • Winter Garden Seminar

  •  Wisconsin Master Gardener Association (WIMGA) Board member or Local Representative

  • Schlegelmilch Garden

  • Beaver Creek Reserve

  • Giving  horticultural presentations

  • Working with school gardens or other environmental education programs

  • Giving garden tours that have an educational component

  • 4-H educational programs focusing on horticulture and natural resource sciences