Penn State Master Gardener Program Brochure
Recruiting and Training Volunteers Since 1982
What Are Penn State Master Gardeners?
Penn State Master Gardeners are members of the community who have an interest in gardening and a desire to help others. What sets them apart from other home gardeners is the special training in horticulture they receive from Penn State Extension. In exchange for their training, Penn State Master Gardeners serve as volunteers for extension horticulture programs.
What Do Penn State Master Gardeners Do?
Penn State Master Gardener programs will vary with each county. The following are some examples of common programs:
- Teach horticultural classes to the public
- Develop demonstration gardens
- Teach plant science to youth
- Answer questions on county garden hotlines
What Is Required of a Penn State Master Gardener?
To become a Master Gardener, you need a keen interest in gardening, a willingness to learn more, and, most important, a strong desire to help others learn. To become certified as a Penn State Master Gardener, you must complete a minimum of 36 hours of training, score at least 80 percent on a final exam, and fulfill 50 hours of volunteer service. You can maintain your Penn State Master Gardener status by giving at least 20 additional volunteer hours and attending at least 8 hours of update training annually.
How Do I Become a Penn State Master Gardener?
The Penn State Master Gardener program is county based. Recruitment, training, and volunteer service occur at the county level of Penn State Extension. Each county recruits and trains Penn State Master Gardeners according to its specific volunteer needs.
If you are interested in your county’s Penn State Master Gardener program, please return the form from the brochure to your local Penn State Extension office.
For more information about the Penn State Master Gardener Program, visit the Master Gardener Program website.
Download the brochure using the "Download PDF" link at the top of the page.