UGA Extension Office

Become a Master Gardener Extension Volunteer

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Is becoming a Master Gardener Extension Volunteer for you?
Ask yourself these questions:

  • Do I want to learn more about plants, growing things, and gardening?
  • Am I eager to participate in a practical and intensive training program? Do I look forward to sharing my knowledge with people in my community?
  • Do I have enough time to attend the training & complete my volunteer work?

To Apply: Applications are currently closed, but you can watch this page for announcements regarding the next round of training.  To be sent announcements about Master Gardener Extension Volunteer programs and be alerted when applications for the 2020 training are available, please sign up to receive our Homeowner Bulldog Bytes Newsletter.

***Please note the application is a fillable form, but you CANNOT save the form data on your computer unless you have the full version of Adobe Acrobat installed. Be sure to print the completed application BEFORE you exit the program to avoid losing the form data.***

2021 Class Schedule: March-June, (Exact dates TBA), Application period closed on February 5.  

Training Location: Classes will be online through UGA eLearning Commons (eLC) with 4 in-person labs at various locations (Bartow, Cherokee, Floyd, and Paulding Counties)

If selected: Program fee is $200 for 2021 training.  

In the meantime, join us for our monthly Master Gardener programs.  They are open to the public and most are free, but space may be limited.  See our calendar for information about upcoming Master Gardener programs.  

  • The purpose of the Georgia Master Gardener® program is to assist Cooperative Extension by training Master Gardener Volunteers to provide current horticultural information through community service and educational gardening projects using applied research and the resources of the University of Georgia.
  • If there is a Master Gardener Volunteer Program in your area, you can obtain an application through your local County Extension Office. The only requirement is that you have an interest in some aspect of gardening education and, at the conclusion of training, are willing to volunteer a minimum of 50 hours of service to the county Extension program.
  • Acceptance of applicants is based upon local county program needs. Upon acceptance, applicants are notified of the location and time that classes will take place. A reduced fee is charged in exchange for volunteer service to a county Extension program. To graduate, class attendance is required and you must pass a mid-term and final exam.

The Master Gardener Extension Volunteer program is coordinated in each county by an Extension agent, and each applicant is responsible to the agent for all classes, volunteer work, etc. Master Gardener Extension Volunteers promote, inform, and work with local communities by:

  • Answering gardening questions at county fairs, garden centers, flower shows, libraries, farmer's markets, garden centers, and in the Extension office.
  • Designing & installing community landscape & beautification projects.
  • Identifying plant cultural problems, insects, & diseases for homeowners.
  • Teaching communities how to conserve & enjoy their natural resources.
  • Educating youth and adults about gardening through local seminars.
  • Mentoring teachers on how to establish school gardens and connect with STEM education.