Become a Master Gardener

MASTER GARDENER INTERN

Acceptance into the Master Gardener Program is limited, and is primarily based on your successful completion of the requirements in the Application Process.  If you are accepted into the program, you are considered a Master Gardener INTERN.  During this time, you MUST complete the minimum number of education and volunteer hour requirements and your Master Gardener Portfolio/Project. Once the Extension Educator has approved your hours and project, you are eligible to become an “official” Master Gardener Volunteer (MGV).

Participation in the Master Gardener Intern Training program requires a minimum of 50 hours of education and a minimum of 50 hours of volunteer time.

Education Hours

The Master Gardener Intern Training program assumes that participants may have a wide range of knowledge and experience, anywhere from novice gardeners to commercial farmers.  However, in order to ensure that MGVs all have the same educational foundation, Interns are required to participate in a 15-week course of basic education.

Attendance at all class sessions is MANDATORY.  Should illness or emergency force an absence, arrangements can be made with the Extension Educator to get that particular day’s lecture information.

In Stark County, the classes are typically offered one night a week (usually Wednesdays) for the 15-week period, from 6:00 to 9:00 pm at the Stark County Extension office.  Interns are provided with educational materials as part of the program fee.  The topics of each class session may be taught by OSU Extension Educators, guest lecturers, or other professionals.

Additional education hours to meet the minimum requirements can also be earned by attending educational presentations offered by the Master Gardeners of Stark County, other county extension programs, local companies such as greenhouses, or local organizations.

In order to receive credit for education hours obtained outside of the regularly-scheduled intern training sessions, please make sure the event you are attending is approved by the Extension Educator by contacting the Master Gardener Office at (330) 830-7700 x 182 or McMaster15@osu.edu.

Volunteer Hours

Interns can earn volunteer credit hours by participating in local area projects or programs that benefit various members of the community, and are consistent with the goals of the OSU Extension Office and/or the Master Gardener Program.  Some examples of activities that qualify for volunteer credit hours include:

  • Maintaining the Phenology, Butterfly, or Rain Garden(s) at the Extension Office
  • Setting up the Master Gardener Information Booth and providing information at local events
  • Educating and helping local residents with their community gardens thru the “Growing Gardens, Growing Partnership” program

In order to receive credit for volunteer hours, please make sure the event you are volunteering for is approved by the Extension Educator by contacting the Master Gardener Office at (330) 830-7700 x 182 or McMaster15@osu.edu.

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