Master Gardener Volunteer Program

Manitowoc County Master Gardener Volunteers

Master Gardener Volunteer ProgramMaster Gardener Volunteers are trained volunteers who aid University of Wisconsin-Cooperative Extension staff in helping communities better understand horticulture. This national program was introduced in Wisconsin in 1977.

The Master Gardener Volunteer training began in Manitowoc County in September, 1994. The goal of the program is to educate and encourage volunteers to help the public with their horticulture inquiries. Benefits of the program include:

  • new interests
  • new skills
  • opportunities
  • friendships
  • leadership
  • education

The purpose of the Wisconsin Master Gardener Volunteer Program is to provide unbiased, research-based horticultural information to the citizens of Wisconsin through Master Gardener volunteers. Master Gardener Volunteers receive training in horticulture through the University of Wisconsin Extension. In return for their training, Master Gardeners volunteer in UW-Extension horticulture programs and projects which enhance the community.

Who Can Join?
Any individual 18 or older can participate in the Master Gardener Volunteer Program. No previous experience or training is necessary.

How To Become A Certified Master Gardener Volunteer

Certification Process

Initial certification

Prior to training:

  • attend orientation / interview with county offering program
  • complete the mandatory criminal background check to be accepted as a UW-Extension volunteer
  • complete UW-Extension Volunteer Behavior Expectations form

After acceptance into MG Program:

  • complete Level 1 training
  • pass the exam with a score of 70% or better
  • complete and REPORT a minimum of 24 hours of approved volunteer hours by specified deadline

            Once all of the requirements listed above are completed an individual is a certified MGV

Recertification

Must be done annually to maintain certification:

  • complete and REPORT a minimum of 24 hours of approved volunteer hours by October 1
  • complete and REPORT a minimum of 10 hours of Continuing Education
  • sign the UW-Extension Volunteer Behavior Expectations form
  • complete the mandatory criminal background check to be renewed as a UW-Extension volunteer (will be required every 4 years)
  • complete Mandated Reporter Training (once) if not included in Level 1 training

           Once all of the requirements listed above are completed an individual is a certified MGV

As part of the Manitowoc County Master Gardener Volunteers organization, you can participate in Master Gardener Volunteer sponsored events including:

  • plant clinics
  • horticulture classes
  • monthly meetings
  • helping UW-Extension customers
  • Manitowoc Lincoln Park Zoo
  • many others

The volunteer opportunities are endless. Many Master Gardener Volunteers enthusiastically volunteer their time beyond the required minimum number of hours.

Master Gardener Volunteer PowerPoint Presentation

Ready To Get Involved?

Master Gardener Brochure 2019

For more information: If you’re ready to get involved, contact any Master Gardener Volunteer or your Manitowoc County UW-Extension office at 920-683-4168.

Master Gardeners Executive Board

President – Annette Paul
Vice President – Steve Lankton
Secretary – Carol Lallensack
Treasurer – Linda Gratz

Board Members – RK Greening & Marilyn Starzewski

Media Communications – Shannon Zarn


 

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