How do I become a Purdue Extension Master Gardener? – Extension Master Gardener Program

Learn about the purpose and history of the Purdue Extension Master Gardener (EMG) Program by clicking Here!

  • Step 1: Find a Purdue Extension Master Gardener Program near you by clicking on the appropriate icon on the map below or searching by city.
  • Step 2: Contact the County Extension Master Gardener Coordinator who will provide registration information and a copy of the Purdue EMG Program Policy Guide (MG-5 –W) and volunteer application and agreement form (Form EMG-1). Ask your local EMG County Coordinator for more information and required form.
  •  Step 3: Complete the volunteer application and agreement form and return it to the local Purdue Extension office with registration fee payment and any additional registration information. You will also be asked to show evidence of a government-issued photo ID.
  •  Step 4: Get connected with other gardeners and learn more about horticulture by attending a series of weekly classes, each lasting 3 to 4 hours.
  •  Step 5: Complete the required training and pass an exam with a score of 70% or above to become a Purdue EMG Intern!
  •  Step 6: Give back to your community by volunteering at least 40 hours to be certified as a Purdue Extension Master Gardener. (Some county requirements may vary, talk to your EMG County Coordinator for details.)

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Extension Master Gardener Program - Horticulture & Landscape Architecture, 625 Agriculture Mall, West Lafayette, IN 47907

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