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Apply to become a Master Gardener

Passionate about volunteering and gardening?

You can become a Master Gardener by participating in the Master Gardener Core Training. ISU Extension & Outreach is providing 40 hours of training for new Master Gardeners in 2017 on Tuesdays in September across Iowa.

Register by September 1, 2017 online.

Classes will be held on Tuesdays, September 19, 2017 through November 14, 2017

Plus four additional local classes and a Saturday class on campus (October 7 or 21)

Learn more about the application process here.



 From Seed to Table, Garden Helpers, Food Security Partners. To register for the 2018 webcast series...

Growing Together 2018 Webcasts

Starting this February, Master Gardeners can earn six continuing education hours at participating ISU Extension and Outreach county offices. The Growing Together webcast series will cover gardening and hunger topics such as: Managing volunteers in the garden, Starting seeds and growing transplants, and Building partnerships within the local food system. Read the press release here.

Dates and times vary by location; to attend any of the webcasts, contact an ISU Extension and Outreach county office.

2018 All Bugs Good and Bad Webinar Series

Watch live webinars or previous recordings about insects. These webinars from eXtension count towards Master Gardener continuing education credits. Click here to find out more.

Growing Season 2017 Webcasts

Webcast topics include: Urban Tree Selection with Gabbi Edwards, Gardening with Youth with FoodCorps staff Chelsea Krist, and Landscaping to Attract Wildlife with Dr. Adam Janke. Watch online here.

Growing Together 2017 Webcasts

In 2016, Iowa Master Gardeners donated more than 60,000 pounds of produce to local food banks (learn about results here).  Webcast topics include: Donation & Small-Space Gardens, Impact Matters, and Growing & Harvesting Vegetables. Click here to watch online.

Growing Season 2016 Webcasts

Gardeners will learn about benefits of shade in the landscape, tree problems, and native garden insects. Watch online here.

Food Security in Iowa Webcasts

Master Gardeners will gain educational hours while learning about the realities of hunger in Iowa, the best way to work with food banks, donation garden food safety, and more. Click here to watch the series online.

Watch the 2015 Growing Season Webcasts

Hear from Master Gardeners, Iowa State University faculty, and Reiman Gardens staff. Click here to watch online.