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Volunteer Opportunities as a Master Gardener

The heart of being a Master Gardener Volunteering is horticultural education for the public.  There are many different opportunities in approved activities. If you are wondering how to become a Master Gardener Volunteer go to Become A Master Gardener Volunteer

 

Get Involved as a Project Leader or Assistant

Every winter you will have an opportunity to sign up to lead or assist with the below projects. Sign up can be by email or at monthly education meetings or by calling Extension at

715 839-4712 Being a project lead is not difficult. It means you set work times and communicate to the group when and where you'll meet. Everyone pitches in. Being part of a project team is where you meet the public and other dedicated MGVs.

Eau Claire Master Gardener Volunteer Activities

This year with Covid 19 virus concerns we will let you know when volunteer activities arise.

  • Answer horticulture questions at the UW-Extension office 

    • Take calls from area residents with horticulture related questions

    • Research for calls for the Horticulture Outreach Specialist

  • Youth Gardens at North River Front

    • Click on link for complete description of youth garden project.

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

    • Answer horticultural questions with a team of MGVs at the Saturday Farmers Market from June to September

  • Extension Teaching Garden in Altoona

    • Help with planning, planting, watering of the demonstration & teaching gardens

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

    • Work with newsletter editor to write stories about horticulture and MGV related stories that are happening in Eau Claire area.

  • Master Gardener Plant Sale  

    • Work at planning, setting up, or working the plant sale in June  

    • All MGVs are asked to donate plants

    • Our major fund raiser for the year

  • Eau Claire Area  Master Gardener Association Board

    • Attend or serve as an officer for monthly meetings to help plan and run our county association. Two year term, four year term limits

  • Winter Garden Seminar

    • Plan and put on annual Eau Claire County garden conference for MGVs and the public. Planning starts in the fall for February conference

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

  • Schlegelmilch Garden

    • MGVs maintain this historic garden in downtown Eau Claire, identify plants, conduct tours and provide education

  • Beaver Creek Reserve -  A Wisconsin Nature Reserve

    • MGVs help with the native plant sale in May

    • MGVs help maintain pollinator gardens

  • Giving  horticultural presentations

    • If you enjoy sharing information there are many opportunities to speak to garden clubs, fellow MGVs, schools, and the community. Share your availability on the WIMGA speaker's bureau and with our own MGV group. https://www.wimga.org/speakers-bureau-sign-up

  • Working with school gardens or other environmental education programs

    • Lakeshore School Garden

    • A small group of MGVs works with students and families to plant seeds indoors and then plant a small vegetable garden.

    • MGVs work with families maintaining the perennial and vegetable gardens

  • Giving garden tours that have an educational component

    • Share your own garden or help out with tours at other gardens

Reporting your Education & Volunteer Hours.

The below link is where you can report your minimum of 24 volunteer and 10 education hours.

https://wimastergardener.org/report-your-hours/

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