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The University of Nevada, Reno Extension Master Gardener program is a volunteer educator program designed to teach research-based Nevada gardening practices to volunteers who in turn share this knowledge with their local communities through educational presentations and workshops, community events, answering home gardening questions at their local county Extension office, and much more.
Master Gardener Intern (first-year) Commitments
The minimum hour commitments during the first year as a Master Gardener Intern are:
Master Gardener Annual Commitments
The minimum yearly hour commitments as a Master Gardener are:
*Counties may require additional volunteer hours. Each county may also have hour requirements for specific types of volunteer activities, such as the help desk.
In Clark County, Extension's Master Gardener volunteers maintain extensive Botanic Gardens that are open to the public.
People interested in becoming a Master Gardener volunteer must take the Home Horticulture Certificate course before being accepted into the Master Gardener Training Program. The training program is an integrated, practical training course in plant science and is statewide.
Both the Home Horticulture and Master Gardener courses are held online, annually in fall. The trainings feature videos, readings, discussion boards, quizzes, live question-and-answer sessions, and lab homework. Some counties require additional in-person activities during the training, as well as additional educational requirements. Additional reading materials will be suggested for participants to purchase on their own but are not required.
The total cost of the Master Gardener Training Program is $300 ($275 for the Home Horticulture Certificate Program, and $25 for the Master Gardener Training Program). The cost includes course materials and supports Extension's horticulture programs and staff.
Extension's Master Gardeners in Southern Nye County give back to the program by volunteering in their local Extension demonstration garden.
In 2022, the Extension Master Gardener program grew! The program training went entirely online and was offered statewide. This allowed three new county programs to start: Carson City / Storey, Elko, and White Pine.
If you have questions about gardening in Nevada or are interested in learning more about your county's Master Gardener Program, let us know!
Master Gardeners of Northern Nye CountyPhone: 775-482-5396
Master Gardeners of Southern Nye CountyEmail: ExtensionSNyeMG@unr.eduPhone: 775-990-8322
Master Gardeners of Lincoln CountyPhone: 775-726-3109
Master Gardeners of Washoe CountyEmail: ExtensionWashoeMG@unr.eduPhone: 775-784-4848
Master Gardeners of White Pine CountyPhone: 775-293-6599
Master Gardeners of Carson City / Storey CountyPhone: 775-887-2252Master Gardeners of Clark County Las VegasEmail: ExtensionClarkMG@unr.eduPhone: 702-257-5555
Master Gardeners of Northeast Clark CountyPhone: 702-397-2604
Master Gardeners of Douglas CountyEmail: ExtensionDouglasMG@unr.eduPhone: 775-782-9960
Master Gardeners of Elko CountyPhone: 775-738-7291
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