Become an Extension Master Gardener Volunteer!

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Group of Master Gardener volunteers

Master Gardener volunteers in Guilford County celebrate National Pollinator Week.

NC State Extension Master Gardener℠ volunteers:


NC State Extension Master Gardener℠ volunteers are a dedicated group of volunteer educators who strengthen the delivery of research-based gardening advice and information to the public.

If you live in North Carolina, love working as a team with other volunteers, and wish to share your knowledge and skills to promote science-based, sustainable gardening practices, consider applying to be trained as an NC State Extension Master Gardener volunteer!

If accepted into the program, you will complete a 40-hour training course taught by Extension staff and local experts. As a Master Gardener volunteer student, you will learn about soils, plant nutrients, insects, plant diseases, integrated pest management, lawn and landscape care, food production, herbaceous and woody plants, and more. The Extension Gardener Handbook is the training curriculum for the Extension Master Gardener program and is also available to the public free online, as well as for purchase as a hardback book or interactive self-study e-book

group of adult volunteers gathered behind a table

Extension Master Gardener volunteers of Johnston County

After training, students continue to learn by completing a 40-hour internship to become a certified Master Gardener℠ volunteer. Thereafter, volunteers commit to annual volunteer service hours and continuing education requirements to remain active in the program. Volunteer service opportunities include teaching youth and adults science-based gardening practices, cultivating community gardens and teaching gardens that demonstrate best practices, and providing advice to new gardeners to help them garden more successfully. For additional examples, explore NC State Extension Master Gardener volunteer impact stories

Learn more about becoming an NC State Extension Master Gardener volunteer

The Extension Master Gardener program is a nationwide volunteer network! If you don’t live in NC and wish to learn how to become a Master Gardener volunteer, contact the Extension system in your state to learn more.

Gerri Harris and Renee Hedrick with butterflies in stages

Extension Master Gardener volunteers Gerri Harris and Renee Hedrick share the butterfly cycle with fairgoers.