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 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:
- Classroom training
- 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 was $275 for the class of 2020. Partial scholarships are available, call 541-548-6088 to request more information.
** Much of the OSU Master Gardener training involves hands-on training and volunteer work to achieve certification. Given the uncertainty of when/how we will be able to gather together in the new year, a statewide decision has been made to postpone all new trainings until 2022 when we can once again offer the training at its best. To receive an application for the 2022 training, please email your request to Amy Jo Detweiler.
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: