Thank you for your interest in the OSU Extension Service Master Gardener™ Program in the Portland metro area including Clackamas, Multnomah, and Washington counties.
The Master Gardener (MG) Program provides science-based horticulture education offered as a hybrid course including in-person classes, online content, hands-on workshops, gardening seminars, and a final exam starting in early February and ending in October each year.
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We offer 56 hours in practical horitculture topics with these required components:
In-person Classes (7 weeks)
Students enrolled in any of the options listed below and attend in-person classes at any of these locations to provide flexibility in scheduling. You must attend atleast 80% of the in-person classes.
Online modules though Canvas
Take four required modules by 3/31/2018 and enjoy access to nine additional research-based modules at your convenience.
Take two or three hands-on workshops on a range of topics offered at multiple locations in the metro area (we will offer 10-12 workshops from April - July on a range of subjects and on different days of the week.
MG Chapter educational programming
Choose three hours of classes from MG chapter educational activities from designated options posted on the OSU events calendar.
Complete open-book exam online by 3/31/2018.
Complete and document at least 56 hours of volunteer time by 9/30/2018. Not required for certificate option 2 below.
(Discount price $445 before January 15, 2018).
Learn about sustainable gardening in a fun, friendly environment and help your community grow! Take a 56-hour training and contribute 56 hours of volunteer service toward OSU's horticulture education outreach program. The MG Volunteer Educator Training is the equivalent of a college-level horticulture course focused on sustainable gardening. It is coupled with a volunteer internship in which you apply your learning toward approved volunteer activities to help educate the public using research-based information. This MG program is an investment in your potential to serve as a garden-based educator in the community. Join us to build your foundation as a community educator with OSU! The MG program requires a season-long commitment (at least 112 hours total from February-September) to complete both the training and volunteer components of this community-based education program.
Receive a Certificate of Home Horticulture upon successful completion of the course, which includes in-person classes, online content, hands-on workshops, gardening seminars, and final exam. Learn the research-based content of the OSU Extension Master Gardener program without the volunteer commitment required to become a Master Gardener Volunteer Educator. Participants who do not wish to become a Master Gardener Volunteer Educator (see Option 1 above) can still take the Master Gardener curriculum for their own personal and professional development. The MG curriculum is the equivalent of a college-level horticulture course focused on sustainable gardening. Have fun and connect with other garden enthusiasts.
We are able to provide a limited number of reduced-fee positions in the Master Gardener Volunteer Educator Training as part of our fellowship program. You will receive the same educational and volunteer opportunities as Option 1 above.
Here are the criteria for these reduced-fee positions:
Application process for reduced fee slots
The application deadline for the reduced fee slots is November 30, 2017.
We will review applications for the fellowship in early December and respond to applicants by December 15, 2017 to let participants know if they will be awarded a fellowship slot.
Selected participants will then be sent a link to register for the MG training and to pay the $75 (fellowship) and $250 (scholarship) fee to reserve a slot.
All students are required to document 56 hours of volunteer service from April to September 2018.
We will respond to reduced-fee applications by mid-December 2017 and will email a special registration/payment link to the people selected for reduced fee slots.