Level 1 Training Locations

Using Gardening to Make a Difference

Volunteers are important to Extension. They help reach into communities and address the needs that matter most to people.  Master Gardener Volunteers specifically focus on the topic of gardening. They help answer gardening questions, help people grow food, battle invasive plants and protect pollinators, and get people– of all ages and abilities– active in the garden!  You’ll get to help fulfill the Extension mission in your area of the state using gardening and education.  If you want to make a difference in your community and also want to learn more about gardening, think about joining our team.

Level 1 training is a blended classroom of in-class lecture, discussion, and activities; plus out of class reading and video lectures.  Topics covered include an introduction to the plant sciences, soils, and integrated pest management. Participants should be able to answer most gardening questions using the appropriate resources at the end of the training.

In addition to training, requirements include:

  • Completing and reporting a minimum of 24 hours of volunteerism on locally approved projects
  • Passing a required criminal background check
  • Completing UW-Extension’s mandated reporter training of child abuse and neglect
  • And signing the UW-Extension volunteer agreement form

Watch an Orientation to the Master Gardener Program

Summer/Fall 2019

County Contact Phone Number Class
Starts
Registration
Deadline
Barron Becky Schley 715-537-6252 Sep 3, 2019 Aug 6, 2019
Calumet Amber O’Brien 920.849.1450 ext. 3 Sep 19, 2019 Sep 5, 2019
Iron Darrin Kimbler 715-561-2695 Oct 16, 2019 Sep 8, 2019
LaCrosse Kaitlyn Lance 608-785-9593 Sep 5, 2019 Aug 29, 2019
Milwaukee Caitlin Sprague 414-615-0517 Sep 4, 2019 Aug 9,2019
Sauk Phyllis Both 608-355-3250 Sep 14 2019 Aug 25, 2019
Waukesha Ann Wied 262-548-7770 Sep 9, 2019 Aug 15 2019
Winnebago Kimberly Miller 920-232-1970 Postponed (future date TBD)

Winter/Spring 2020

County Contact Phone Number Class
Starts
Registration
Deadline
Crawford Karen Snitker 608-326-0223 Feb 4, 2020 Jan 2, 2020
Dane Lisa Johnson 608-224-3715 Feb 26, 2020 Jan 25, 2020
Dodge Laure Dei 920-386-3790 Feb 4, 2020 Jan 17, 2020
Door Annie Deutsch 920-746-2260 January 8, 2020 open until maximum class size of 12 is reached
Grant Amanda Cauffman 608-723-2125 January 6, 2020 December 10, 2019
Green Jackie McCarville 608-328-9440 January 14, 2020 December 18, 2019
Portage Ken Schroeder 715-346-1316 Jan 28, 2020 Jan 14, 2020
Marquette Lyssa Seefeldt 608-297-3141 March 5 2020 Dec 18, 2019
Walworth Julie Hill 262-741-4958 Feb 6, 2020 Jan 15, 2020
Wood Janell Wehr 715-421-8440 Jan 13, 2020 Dec 30, 2019