2018 Master Gardener Program registration

Thank you for your interest in the OSU Extension Service Master Gardenerâ„¢ 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..

We will open registration for the 2018 MG training in the Portland metro region in November, 2017.

Master Gardener Training Details

In-person Classes

  • Tuesdays February 6 - March 20 in Beaverton
  • Thursdays February 8 - March 22 in Oregon City
  • Fridays February 9 - March 23 in inner SE Portland

Online modules though Canvas

Take four required modules by 3/31/2018 and enjoy access to nine additional research-based modules at your convenience.

Hands-on workshops

Take two to three hands-on workshops on a range of topics offered at multiple locations in the metro area.

MG Chapter educational programming

Choose three hours of classes from MG chapter educational activities from designated options posted on OSU events calendar.

Final exam

Complete open-book exam online by 3/31/2018.

Volunteer internship

Complete and document at least 56 hours of volunteer time by 9/30/2018. Not required for certificate option 2 below.



Training Options

Option 1: Master Gardener Volunteer Educator Training - $495 (Discount price $445 before January 5, 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 to educate the public using the research-based information.   This MG program is an investment in your potential 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.

Option 2: Certificate of Home Horticulture - $695 

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.

Option 3: Master Gardener Volunteer Educator Fellowship - $75

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:

  1. You want training and mentoring to increase your knowledge and skills as a garden-based educator.
  2. You can commit to at least 112 hours of time (56 hours training and 56 hours as a volunteer educator in the community) from February – September 2018 for your initial training experience.
  3. You have financial need based on 2015 HUD Median Income Percentage Guidelines listed below.  If your annual income is below 50% median income based on the criteria listed at the link above, you eligible to apply for a fellowship.

We will review applications for the fellowship in early December and respond to applicants by December 15, 2018 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 fee to reserve a slot.

Fellowship students are required to document 56 hours of volunteer service from April to September 2018.

Registration now closed for the Volunteer Educator Fellowship.  Apply by November 30, 2017.  We will respond to fellowship applications by mid-December and will email a special registration/payment link to the people selected for fellowship slots.

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