2411 NW Carden Ave, Umatilla Hall, PO Box 100
Pendleton, OR 97801
Jan 28 - Apr 22, 2023
Course is 12 weeks of online modules, in-person workshops, and virtual Q&A sessions. The first online learning module will open January 28, and new ones will open each Saturday through April 15. The in-person workshops will be held in or near Pendleton. Registration has been extended to January 17.
The 2023 Umatilla County Master Gardener training course is for anyone who wants to become a Master Gardener volunteer. It is designed to give participants a solid understanding of sustainable gardening practices so they are prepared to be confident Master Gardener volunteers. The course consists of three elements:
- Learning at your own pace with online modules
- Getting hands-on training with in-person workshops
- Talking with real experts in virtual Q&A sessions
There are 18 online learning modules, developed by OSU faculty and designed to cover the cornerstones of sustainable home horticulture, from soil composition and health to diagnosing plant pests and pathogens. Each module includes recorded lectures, selected readings, and an assignment/activity, as well as additional resources on that topic and a quiz. Quizzes are to help participants gauge their understanding of the material and prepare for the final exam; they are required, but only the final exam grade counts toward certification. The open-book, open-note final will be available at the end of the course, and participants will have two weeks to complete it and two attempts to pass.
Several in-person workshops will be held February through April. These interactive labs, taught by OSU faculty, experienced Master Gardener volunteers, and other experts, will take place primarily in or near Pendleton. They are designed to supplement and reinforce the course material.
The virtual Q&A sessions will be one hour a week on Zoom, hosted by the Master Gardener coordinator. These are opportunities to check in, dive deeper, and ask questions concerning the modules, the Master Gardener program, or gardening in general. Guests will include OSU experts and current Master Gardener volunteers.
Please note that participants are expected to attend the majority of workshops and Q&A sessions; exceptions can be made but must be discussed with the program coordinator.
All course costs are covered by the registration fee, including workshop materials and a copy of the textbook (Sustainable Gardening: The Oregon-Washington Master Gardener Handbook).
Registration is open now through January 15. There are three registration rates:
- Standard – $135
- Scholarship – $100
- Sponsorship – $200
Additionally, trainees who certify in 2023 are also entitled to a $50 rebate on the course! To certify—and thus become a certified Master Gardener—trainees must complete all the required modules, pass the final exam, and complete 40 hours of volunteer service on behalf of Umatilla County Master Gardeners by October 31, 2023. These opportunities to spread your knowledge and love of gardening include community garden work, farmers' market tables, plant sales, educational events, and much more.
Full scholarships are also available but are not eligible for the rebate. Contact the Extension or program coordinator to discuss.
Master Gardener volunteers are committed to lifelong learning and serving the community; in order to recertify each year, they must log at least 20 hours of volunteer time and 10 hours of continuing education. This training course is for people who plan on volunteering on behalf of the program following their training. Those who are interested in learning but not volunteering are encouraged to check out the Master Gardener's 12-week Home Horticulture course that will be January 6–April 14 of 2023.