You Just Finished the Class, Now What?

Emma working with a Master Gardener

Congratulations!  You have finished the Master Gardener class and now you are an Intern.  What does that mean?

Interns now get to take the information that they learned in the class and apply it to real life projects.  After finishing the class, you will talk with the Master Gardener Coordinator on your experience so far and will talk about things like, how was the class, what would you like to have seen, and is it what you were expecting?  You will also talk about your future with the program.  What would you like to do after the class, is there a project that you are currently interested in, have you signed up for your Education Center orientation yet? 

At that point, the Master Gardener Coordinator will match you up with a mentor.  Typically, this mentor is project based but sometimes it is interest based.  This mentor is to help guide you through the program for your first year.  They will check in with you weekly, make sure you know of Master Gardener events, how to report hours, how to start a project, or anything else you want to know. 

55 hours can go by quickly.  Enjoy the time!  Try out as many things as you can.  Spend as much time as you can at the Education Center, you will learn so much by being there!  During your internship, travel is included in the 55 hours.  So when you travel to a project or the Education Center, travel is inlcuded in your volunteer hours.  You will still report them separatly but the Master Gardener Coordinator will manually add them to your volunteer hours to get your total amount of hours.

Other links that you might find helpful as you start out:

What projects are happening in each county

How to report your volunteer hours

Project Approval Form