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How to Join

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 41st 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: *** In 2022, we will continue to follow all university guidelines to reduce the risk and spread of COVID-19. This may affect how we conduct training and we will adapt as we go!

  1. Classroom training (Online in 2022)
  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 listed in the application. The cost of the program is $275 for the class of 2022. Partial scholarships are available, call 541-548-6088 to request more information.

Applications are now available! Applications must be printed and mailed in with payment.

For a direct link to the Application for the 2022 class go to: App for 2022

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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