Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Service Across NC
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Extension Master Gardener℠ volunteers engage thousands of North Carolinians through their volunteer service, helping them to learn and grow. Here are some of our most in-demand volunteer service activities and their combined impact across North Carolina in 2022.
Garden Infolines & Plant Clinics
- 23,080 hours volunteered across NC
- 48,955 community members engaged
Connect with Extension educators and Master Gardener volunteers in your community for help with your gardening questions. Find their contact information in the Garden Help Directory.
Classes & Educational Events
- 13,100 hours volunteered across NC
- 31,355 community members engaged
Extension offers thousands of programs each year, including the Grow With Us series taught by Master Gardener volunteers in Guilford County and Bull City Gardener series taught by Master Gardener volunteers and Extension educators in Durham County.
Find your county Extension center to learn about upcoming events, explore Extension resources, and connect with Master Gardener volunteers in your community. Learn about online classes you can take anytime.
- 33,000 hours volunteered across NC
- 4,649 community members engaged
Master Gardener volunteers cultivate demonstration beds and teaching gardens across North Carolina to support outreach and education, including
- Brunswick County Botanical Garden
- New Hanover County Arboretum
- Pollinator Haven in Lee County
- Stormwater Demonstration Garden in Orange County
- Wilson Botanical Gardens
- 14,165 hours volunteered across NC
- 6,848 community members engaged
Master Gardener volunteers assist with community gardens across North Carolina. Examples include gardens managed by Extension, such as the Briggs Avenue Community Garden in Durham County, and well as gardens that are the result of community partnerships, such as the Unity Park and Community Gardens in Caldwell County.
Youth Outreach and School Gardens
- 7,329 hours volunteered across NC
- 15,265 youth engaged
Through partnerships with 4-H, schools, and youth organizations, Master Gardener volunteers inspire and grow the next generation of gardeners and plant lovers. Volunteers in Buncombe County engage kids through a summer day camp. In Wilson County and Onslow County, volunteers host class field trips in their demonstration gardens.
- 2,400 hours volunteered across NC
- 4,035 community members engaged
Master Gardener volunteers in Wake County are involved in multiple community-based therapeutic horticulture programs.
The Extension Master Gardener℠ program is a statewide network of volunteers and Extension educators working in N.C. Cooperative Extension county centers and on NC State campus. Through education and outreach, we connect people with the benefits of gardening and empower North Carolinians to cultivate healthy plants, landscapes, ecosystems, and communities.
Explore stories from our 2022 Annual Report, which celebrates our work to help North Carolinians learn and grow.
Join, support, or connect with Extension Master Gardener volunteers in your community.