Become a Master Gardener Volunteer

master gardenerWhen making the commitment to become a certified Master Gardener, you join a group of individuals who are passionate about horticulture AND are willing to share their passion with other people.  Fond du Lac County Master Gardeners help to landscape schools, community parks, and other public areas.  Further, they assist the UW-Extension office in providing research based horticultural information to the general public.  As a Master Gardener, you have the opportunity to participate in numerous educational programs throughout the year and receive a horticultural newsletter from the Wisconsin Master Gardener Association.

Master Gardener Level 1 Training for 2017 has been cancelled due to lack of interest at this time. Training will be offered again for 2018.

Registration is has been closed due to the lack of interest for area residents wanting to become Certified Master Gardeners with the University of Wisconsin-Extension. Level One Training will not begin on Monday, January 23, 2017 and continue weekly on Monday evenings through early May. All meetings will be held in the Administration/Extension Building of UW-Fond du Lac, Room AE-205/206.

Participants in Level One learn basics about a variety of gardening themes such as managing trees and shrubs, lawns, landscape plants, fruit crops, and vegetables. Members of the Master Gardener Association will teach and mentor students at each meeting.

Participants who complete the training are expected to use what they learn in 24 hours of volunteer service in the coming year with the Master Gardener Association and UW-Extension. Current volunteers provide horticultural information, services, and education to Fond du Lac County residents in a variety of settings and formats. A list of current projects is available online at New project ideas are always welcome and considered.

The program cost of $90 includes a manual and membership into the local association for one year. Need-based financial assistance is available upon request.

Applicants to the program must consent to a criminal background check and sign the volunteer agreement before acceptance into the program. Previous gardening experience is not necessary.

An orientation for those wanting to learn more about the program will be on Monday, November 14th, 2016 at 6:00 pm in room AE-205/206. There is no cost to attend the orientation. The deadline to register for the program is December 16, 2016 or when the limit of 20 students is reached.

An EEO/AA employer, University of Wisconsin-Extension provides equal opportunities in employment and programming, including Title IX and ADA requirements. Requests for reasonable accommodations to ensure equal access to this program should be made as early as possible.

For more information, contact UW-Extension at 920/929-3171 or

Registration Form   Application   Background Consent Form UW-Extension Volunteer Behavior Expectations


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