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 2020

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Winter/Spring 2020

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Columbia George Koepp 608-742-9682 February 4, 2020 January 10, 2020
Crawford Karen Snitker 608-326-0223 February 4, 2020 January 2, 2020
Dane Lisa Johnson 608-224-3715 February 26, 2020 February 18, 2020
Dodge Laure Dei 920-386-3790 February 4, 2020 January 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
Juneau Alana Voss 608-847-9329 February 3, 2020
Oneida Merry Lehner 715-365-2753 January 23, 2020 January 30, 2020
Ozaukee Stephanie Plaster 262-284-8288 March 10, 2020 January 5, 2020
Portage Ken Schroeder 715-346-1316 January 28, 2020 January 14, 2020
Shawano Kara Skarlupka 715-526-6136 January 14, 2020 January 2, 2020
Walworth Julie Hill 262-741-4958 February 6, 2020 January 15, 2020
Wood Janell Wehr 715-421-8440 January 13, 2020 Dec 30, 2019