Master Gardener Volunteer Program

Welcome to the Master Gardener Volunteer Program!

The Master Gardener Volunteer program is a volunteer organization designed through the University of Wisconsin Extension to train horticulture volunteers.

These Master Gardener Volunteers help the people of Rock County to better understand horticulture and the environment. Volunteers learn the fundamental basics of horticulture so that they can become effective community leaders through volunteering.

Training is facilitated through the UW-Extension Rock County office and includes online learning, classroom instruction, at-home reading, hands-on activities, and field trips.

Anyone 18 years or older can become a Master Gardener Volunteer and no previous experience is required. The training program is designed for beginners and experts alike – there is always something new to learn.

Become a Master Gardener Volunteer in Rock County!

Master Gardener Level 1 Training
Beginning Winter 2020 – Keep checking for updates! (contact Julie Hill at if you are interested)

Individuals must enroll and successfully complete the general training in order to become a certified MGV. To complete certification, applicants must:

  • Attend a series of 14 lectures with in-class activities, at home reading, and online lectures.
  • Complete a final take home exam with a score of 70% or better.  The exam will consist of an individual presentation and a written portion.
  • Complete a minimum of 24 hours of garden related community service by October 1.
  • Pass a background check

During training, you’ll be introduced to volunteer service as a Master Gardener Volunteer while learning the fundamentals of horticulture, including: botany, soil science, entomology, plant pathology, weeds, wildlife, general gardening practices, herbaceous and woody ornamentals, vegetables and fruits, lawns, and much more.

Learn about the Rock County Master Gardener Volunteer program, including current projects, continuing education and volunteer opportunities.

For more information contact the Extension-Rock County office at 608-757-5066.

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