Extension Master Gardener Training
The Extension Master Gardener program is a volunteer program in which K-State Research and Extension "trades" classroom training for volunteer time.
After training is completed, volunteers donate an equivalent number of hours of service as was received in instruction. Service activities are coordinated by the local county extension agent. Though volunteer activities vary widely, all are educational, extension related, and represent the interests of K-State Research and Extension.
Master Gardeners have become a vital part of the University's ability to provide accurate, up-to-date, and research based information to our clientele.
Statewide volunteer time during the year 2018 totaled 103,736 hours with an average of 74 hours donated per volunteer. This equivalent to 50 full time extension staff positions and is estimated to be worth $2,340,284.
If you are interested in becoming a West Plains District Extension Master Gardener, please contact our office. Classes begin in the early fall of each year.