How to Join

Class of 2020 application with cost, location, and dates.  

Central Oregon Resources 

Are you interested in learning about gardening in Central Oregon? Are you willing to share your time and knowledge with your community? Become an OSU Master Gardener™ volunteer! 

The OSU Master Gardener™ Program in central Oregon is entering its 39th consecutive year, serving Crook, Deschutes, and Jefferson Counties. Over the years, this program has trained hundreds of volunteers and they, in turn, have reached thousands of clients within our communities. 

The program targets individuals interested in learning and sharing research-based gardening information. Currently, the program has over 90 active volunteers who find the program educational, fun, and very rewarding.

OSU Master Gardener trainees receive 48 hours of intensive classroom training followed by 48 hours of experiential learning. The OSU Master Gardener Program consists of two parts:

  1. Classroom training
  2. Experiential learning in the plant clinic and community outreach activities.

An individual must complete both parts to successfully become an OSU Master Gardener. 

Classroom training dates are based upon availability of a training facility. The cost of the program is $275 for the class of 2020. Partial scholarships are available, call 541-548-6088 to request more information. 

The 2019 Master Gardener training is currently in progress. To receive an application this fall for the 2020 training, please click on the link above. 

Part 1: Classroom Training

Once you apply and have been accepted, you will be considered an OSU Master Gardener trainee. As a trainee, you will participate in 8 weeks of intensive training conducted by qualified OSU Extension faculty, specialists, and veteran OSU Master Gardeners. Training days occur once a week over several months, usually mid-January through April. Training is held at OSU (Deschutes County) Extension office in Redmond. There are several gardening topics covered during classroom training including:

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