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Become a Master Gardener Volunteer

If you have an interest in gardening and enjoy helping others, you are invited to apply to become an Oregon State University Master Gardener.

Enrollment for the 2024 Union County Master Gardener training + volunteer program is closed. To be notified when applications open for the 2025 training, sign up for our online newsletter here.

Cost: $155, due after your application is accepted. Need-based scholarships are available.

Commitment: Master Gardener trainees must complete 40 hours of instruction and 40 hours of volunteer work by October 31, 2024. Priority will be given to applicants who display an interest in both the home horticulture training and volunteer components of the Master Gardener program. Those wishing to complete just the garden education portion may pursue a Certificate of Home Horticulture via OSU's online continuing education program (find out more here) and/or may elect to attend any or all Union County training dates that are open to the general public (find out more about Community Classes here).

Training Schedule: Classes cover the foundations of home horticulture (basic botany, entomology, garden soils, plant pests & diseases, pesticide safety) and focused topics that explore sustainable gardening via ornamental trees & shrubs, fruit trees, vegetable gardening, berry cultivation, lawn care, and more. All instruction is appropriate to our growing region. View the full 2024 schedule here.

How to Apply: The application is online. To access it, you must create a login with IdealLogic. This is the same platform (and the same login) you will use for the online portions of the Master Gardener training. IdealLogic uses an outside provider account to create the login, rather than storing password information in house. If you have a Google, Facebook, Microsoft (including Live, Outlook, and Hotmail), Twitter, or Linked In account, you will use it to login to the application. This is a security measure required by OSU's IT department and there is no way around it. If you don't currently have an account with one of the above providers, you can create a free account just for the purposes of logging in to this application.

Payment is not due until your application is accepted.

Contact the Union County Master Gardener Program Coordinator if you you need help with any part of this process.

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