How Do I Become a Master Gardener Volunteer?
Registration for the spring 2018 Master Gardener training is now open for two locations.
Hillsborough County Offices, 329 Mast Road, Goffstown, NH, Tuesdays, Feb 20, - May 8, 9-4pm each day. Thursday, March 1, 2018 is our inclement weather make-up date. Application for the Goffstown class. We must receive applications by January 19, 2018. We will contact you after mid-January to schedule an interview late January - early February.
Urban Forestry Center, 45 Elwyn Road, Portsmouth, NH Mondays, March 5- May 21, 1-6pm each day and one additional Tuesday in April, 9-4pm. Application for the Seacoast class. We must receive applications by February 5. We will contact you in January to schedule an interview in February.
The cost of the training is $250. The Master Gardener handbook is available free online with the option to purchase the printed book for an additional $25. We will give you payment instructions once you are accepted into the program.
If you would like to apply for a payment plans or financial aid, complete the application for class, and then complete and mail this form per instructions.
Class size is limited.
Per UNH risk management policies, a criminal background check is required for all volunteers.
The goal of the UNH Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Program is to train and enable volunteers to support the UNHCE mission by extending UNHCE home horticultural information to the public through educational programs and community activities.
Our mission: UNH Cooperative Extension strengthens people and communities in New Hampshire by providing trusted knowledge, practical education and cooperative solutions.
This volunteer program is not for professional advancement and cannot be used in commercial advertising.
Master Gardeners commit to at least 55 hours of volunteer service as an intern within a twelve-month period following the training. Master Gardener volunteers usually continue to volunteer at the Education Center or for county/statewide projects for several years.
Master Gardener Course Objectives
- Learn about the UNHCE mission and programs
- Become familiar with Master Gardener policies and projects
- Finish the training with a basic overview and knowledge of major topics related to horticulture, conservation and home owner issues.
- Become comfortable with educating and speaking to homeowners and the public.
- Learn basic computer skills and use appropriate web-based applications.
- Learn how to find and use approved resources to manage projects and answer home owner inquiries.
- Use the knowledge obtained from this course as a basis to continue horticulture education and improve communication skills.
The University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension programs and policies are consistent with pertinent Federal and State Laws and regulations on non-discrimination regarding race, color, national origin, sex, gender orientation, age, disability or veteran’s status. No person shall be denied the opportunity to participate in this program because of inability to pay. College of Life Sciences and Agriculture, County Governments, and U.S. Department of Agriculture. 07/2013