Report Your Hours

Master Gardener Volunteers make a difference in lives and communities across the state. Our online reporting system (ORS) is one way we collect the important data we need to tell these stories. The hours you contribute to a given activity and the number of people you reach are important elements of the the story. Please use the link below to report your efforts on the identified projects in your county.

Online Reporting System: Report Hours

Watch all the videos in this play list and you can claim 0.6 hours of continuing education.

FAQ For reporting

Do I need to do a separate entry for every time I volunteer?

The system does allow for you to do multiple or daily entries for your volunteer projects.  You are welcomed to do that! Or, if you want to keep track of your hours and enter them all at once, you can do that, too.  The important thing is to report your hours as accurately as you can by the annual deadline.

Can I volunteer in multiple counties?

Yes! Contact your local coordinator on how to add another county to your profile.

My project isn’t listed. Where do I report my hours?

Not all projects are currently listed. Counties have created a Misc. Projects or “catch all” options for those projects that may be off the radar. Local coordinators will review those entries and consider adding activities as approved projects.

My project takes place in a different county than the county where I report my hours. What do I do?

We know MGVs volunteer across county lines and we designed the system to accomodate you. Projects are listed by the geographical location where they take place. You will need to add the specific counties where those projects take place in your account in order for the project to appear. This is best demonstrated in one of the tutorial videos. You don’t need to be concerned about the hours being reported to the wrong county. The hours are connected to you and your home county even if you volunteer in another county.

What do I do with the Type of Activity?

It takes all sorts of efforts to make our projects happen! We thought we’d use this system to most accurately tell the story.  Consider using these options when reporting hours.  Consult with your local coordinator or project leads for the amount of detail they want to capture- it may not be necessary for all projects.

  • Administration / Support: activities related to the behind the scenes success of projects; includes meetings involving decision making; preparation/recovery of activities
  • Answering Questions / Diagnostics: activities related to the one-on-one addressing of garden questions
  • Educating Others: activities related to the engagement of audiences with gardening information, directly or indirectly, such as workshops, symposiums, displays, etc.; Includes your preparation and delivery
  • Gardening: activities related to the physical aspects of gardening at approved projects
  • Travel: time spent traveling to and from volunteer project (projects only, not continuing education)

How do I report my hours?

In the past, volunteers reported hours rounded to nearest .0 or .5.  We now have the computer do the math for us!  You are welcomed to enter your time as minutes– it just needs to be converted to a decimal.  Consult your local coordinator or project lead on the detail required for a given project.

Do I need to keep track of the number of contacts?

The number of people MGVs come into contact with can be an important indicator on how well we get information distributed to the public.  Not all projects require contacts to be reported. Consult with your local coordinator or project lead on how and when to report possible contacts.

Are there any shortcuts?

YES! If you volunteer repeatedly on a project, or want to report on several different types of activities, you can find a previously entered report, copy it, tweak it, and hit SAVE.

Additional Video Tutorials

First Time Access

Your local coordinator will create your account.  After that, please use the link below to log in, create your username, and review the agreement forms.

Activate Your Account