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

Winter/Spring 2019

County Contact Phone Number Class
Starts
Registration
Deadline
Crawford Karen Snitker 608-326-0223 Feb 12 Jan 18
Dane Lisa Johnson 608-224-3715 Feb 25 Feb 14
Door Annie Deutsch 608-963-8705 Jan 2 Nov 27, 2018
Dunn Katie Wantoch 715-232-1636 Feb 5  Jan 29
Forest Michelle Gobert 715-478-7797 May 1, 2019 April 19, 2019
Marathon Brianna Wright 715-261-1241 Mar 5 Feb 18, 2019
Marquette Lyssa Seefeldt 608-297-3141 Mar 19 Mar 8, 2019
Outagamie Kevin Schwanke 920-730-0987 Feb 26 Dec 31, 2018
Washington Stephanie Plaster 262-335-4477 Feb 7 Jan 17, 2019
Waupaca Greg Blonde, Dana Nelson 715-258-6231 Feb 12 Jan 1, 2019
Vilas Jasmyn Schmidt 715-617-7903 Mar 12 Mar 5, 2019

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