Steps to Becoming a Master Gardener Volunteer

STEPS….

  1. Enroll and complete Level 1 training 

    • Our program has continued to be a premier community service-learning program connecting America’s foremost pastime, gardening, with volunteer opportunities in the area we live.
    • Application form and information is found here

      • Some information, such as background check process, will be done by online submission.
  2. Extremely Important Trainee Expectations every Trainee should be aware of….

    • Minimum of 36 hours of in-depth training involving online modules (stream video lectures, online quizzes, etc.), reading chapters from the Master Gardener training manual related to session topics such as: botany, soils, pest management, entomology, plant pathology, weeds, and much more and attend once a week classes (typically from 6-9pm). This training is offered through the state MG Program Office and your Crawford County UW Extension Office.
      • The Program has a delivery method emphasizing flexibility and uniformity, with several options for offering training. It incorporates a flipped classroom option with the training manual and online videos for outside the class preparation followed by in-class activities and discussion.
    • MGV’s-in-Training MUST complete at least 24 hours of volunteer service in one or more of our locally approved projects and report hours of service by October 1 of training year.
      • MG Training is a commitment if you don’t have 3-5 hours per week for the dozen or so classes, online modules, etc., or the ability to put in 2-4 hours per month of volunteering, then maybe now isn’t the best time for you to apply to the program.
        • If now isn’t the best time for you, when it is, we would enjoy your joining us in this wonderful endeavor!

Interested in pre-registering or signing up?  – DUE TO COVID 19, WE ARE UNABLE TO HOLD TRAININGS. WHEN RESTRICTIONS ARE LIFTED WE WILL BEGIN THE PROCESS OF PLANNING FOR FUTURE TRAININGS. HOWEVER, YOU MOST CERTAINLY MAY CALL OR E-MAIL KAREN SNITKER TO LET HER KNOW OF YOUR INTEREST!

  • Pre-register by emailing Karen Snitker or call the Extension Office – 608-326-0223
  • To sign up and get more details for the Level 1 Training – call or e-mail Karen.   
  • Be sure to, e-mail Karen Snitker or call her at the Extension Office – 608.326.0223 with any application questions you may have.

♦♦ When no date has been set – the number of applicants who apply will determine the dates and location; applicants will be contacted once a date is set.

For more details, please take a few minutes to read OUR MASTER GARDENER  BROCHURE  or visit the University of WI Master Gardener Program website.


To maintain Master Gardener Volunteer status, annual re-certification is required.  This entails, obtaining 10 hours of continuing education, provide 24 hours of volunteer service by September 30,  $5 dues to WIMGA (WI Master Gardener Association) and $5 annual dues if you choose to  be a  member of the local Crawford County Master Gardener Association.

Questions, need more information? Call 608-326-0223 or e-mail Program Assistant, Karen Snitker.
Crawford County UW-Extension Office is located at:  225 N. Beaumont Road, Suite 240;  Prairie du Chien, WI 53821.