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How to Join

We are no longer accepting applications for 2024 Master Gardener training class. Click here to be added to our email list if you would like to be notified when the 2025 application period opens.

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 43rd 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 OSU Extension Master Gardener Program educates Oregonians about the art and science of growing and caring for plants. 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 (hybrid in person and online in 2024)
  2. Experiential learning in the plant clinic and community outreach activities.

An individual must complete both parts to successfully become an OSU Master Gardener by October 31, 2024.

Classroom training dates are listed in the application. The cost of the program is $280 for the class of 2024. Partial scholarships are available, call 541-548-6088 to request more information.

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 weekly hybrid (both in person and online combined) training conducted by qualified OSU Extension faculty, specialists, and certified OSU Master Gardeners™. Training days occur once a week for 8 weeks. Please consider these dates when applying, keeping in mind that you are required to attend a minimum of 7 classes in person. For 2024, these are the training dates:

Location: OSU/Deschutes County Extension Service, 3800 SW Airport Way, Bldg. 3, Redmond, OR

Time: 9:30 am – 2:00 pm Break from 12:30 – 1:00 pm

Dates: In person classes will be held on Wednesdays, January 17 - March 20, with no class on Feb 14th and Mar 13th.

There are several gardening topics covered during classroom training including:

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