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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™. The Union County Master Gardener Program accepts applications mid-November through mid-January for Master Gardener training, which begins in February. Find out more about the Master Gardener experience here.

Enrollment for the 2023 Union County Master Gardener training & volunteer program is FULL. You may still apply (button below) to be placed on a wait list in case a spot becomes available.

Cost: $155, due after your application is accepted. Scholarships available.

Commitment: Master Gardener trainees must complete 40 hours of instruction and 40 hours of volunteer work by October 31, 2023. 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 (schedule coming soon).

Training Schedule: See a pdf of the full 2023 Union County Master Gardener training schedule here

Completing the Online Application: The first step requires creating a login with IdealLogic, 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, the week of January 23, 2023.

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

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