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How do I become a Master Gardener Volunteer?

Master Gardener Volunteer Training Program –  This program provides horticultural training to adults who, in turn, volunteer for Eau Claire County UW-Madison Division of 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 for dates of area Master Gardener Training.

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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.

Become a Master Gardener Volunteer

Contact the UW-Extension Office at 715-839-4712 or by emailing for dates of area Master Gardener Training.

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