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
Iron Darrin Kimbler 715-561-2695 Oct 16, 2019 Sep 8, 2019
LaCrosse Kaitlyn Lance 608-785-9593 Sep 5, 2019 Aug 29, 2019
Winnebago Kimberly Miller 920-232-1970 Sep 17, 2019 Aug 15, 2019

Winter/Spring 2020

County Contact Phone Number Class
Starts
Registration
Deadline
Dodge Laure Dei 920-386-3790 Feb 4, 2020 Jan 17, 2020
Wood Janell Wehr 715-421-8440 Jan 13, 2020 Dec 30, 2019