Master Gardener Program

Our purpose is to provide horticulture education, community service and environmental stewardship for our community in affiliation with the University of Wisconsin Extension Program.

Master Gardener project in Neenah

Master Gardener project in Neenah, WI

Responsibilities of the Master Gardener

Master Gardeners volunteer service to their community and report amount of time and activities to their local Extension office on a calendar year basis. Master Gardeners are responsible for educating homeowners and the community by disseminating university, research-based horticulture information. When you enter into the Master Gardener Program, you are entering into an agreement. In essence, you agree that in return for the training you receive, you will volunteer an equal number of hours back for Extension approved activities.

Volunteer work should be done within the County; however, special arrangements can be made to participate in activities outside the County (i.e. Farm Progress Days, regional and state meetings).

Interested in becoming a Master Gardener?

If you’re interested in improving your gardening skills and becoming a community leader through volunteering, consider becoming a Master Gardener Volunteer! The mission of the Winnebago County Master Gardener Association is to provide horticulture education, community service and environmental stewardship for our community in affiliation with the University of Wisconsin Extension. Level I Training is hosted in Winnebago County typically from Labor Day to Thanksgiving. There is a course fee of $95 per person. This includes 12 classes, training manuals, access to supplemental materials, and a 1 year membership in the state and local associations. Classes will meet Tuesday evenings at the J.P. Coughlin Center, 625 E. County Rd Y, Oshkosh.

A flipped classroom approach is used. Students watch video lectures at home, and class time is for students to inquire about the lecture content, test their skills in applying knowledge, and interact with one another in hands-on activities. Topics include: botany, soils, woody ornamentals, herbaceous ornamentals, entomology, plant pathology, weeds, lawn care, vegetables, fruits, and backyard wildlife. For students who do not have access to a computer, accommodations to watch the videos can be made in the UWEX office during normal business hours.
To earn Master Gardener certification, individuals must also volunteer a minimum of 24 hours at one of our selected projects.
Interested participants are required to attend a short orientation about the Master Gardner Volunteer program at the J.P. Coughlin Center before Level 1 Training starts (dates will be announced).

For more details, contact the UW-Extension office at (920) 232-1970. All information will be posted as available.

Winnebago County Master Gardener Volunteer Training to Begin

Anyone interested in taking the Master Gardener Level 1 training course for Winnebago County will need to attend a mandatory orientation session. Participants can choose to attend a session Tuesday, August 15 from 6:00 to 7:00 pm or Wednesday, August 16 from 10:00 to 11:00 am. Both sessions will be held at the J.P. Coughlin Center, 625 E. County Rd Y, Oshkosh. At this session, you will learn about the UW-Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Program and the requirements to become a Master Gardener Volunteer. In order to become a UW-Extension Volunteer, a person will need to agree to a criminal background check, take Mandatory Reporter Training, and sign a volunteer behavior agreement. To earn Master Gardener certification, individuals must also volunteer a minimum of 24 hours at one of our selected projects.

Level 1 Training will held on Tuesdays from September 5 through November 21 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at the J.P. Coughlin Center. Level 1 Training fee is $95 per person. Course fee includes 12 classes, training manuals, access to supplemental materials, and a 1 year membership in the state and local associations.

Master Gardener Volunteer training is only offered through University of Wisconsin Extension, and is a program dedicated to educating adults interested in helping their community through informative programs and projects. In Winnebago County, Master Gardener Volunteers answer gardening questions, present educational programs, design and maintain demonstration and therapeutic gardens, and help youth and adults learn about and appreciate the natural world.
For detailed information on becoming a Master Gardener Volunteer, please visit http://wimastergardener.org/. For other questions or requests for financial assistance contact Kimberly Miller at UW-Extension Winnebago County, 920-232-1970.

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