Volunteer Activity Ideas for Purdue Extension Master Gardeners while at Home – Extension Master Gardener Program

Volunteer Activity Ideas for Purdue Extension Master Gardeners while at Home

By John Orick and Rosie Lerner

Due to cancelations and restrictions associated with Covid-19, the Purdue Extension Master Gardener (EMG) minimum volunteer hours requirement is suspended for the remainder of 2020. This means that Purdue Extension Master Gardeners will be able to report less than 12 volunteer hours and still maintain active status. Purdue EMG volunteers should not jeopardize their health or safety through their participation in the program.

If Purdue Extension Master Gardeners are able to safely volunteer, they should continue to report these hours in MG Manager. Information reported in MG Manager is extremely important for communicating the impacts of the program to funding agencies and stakeholders. There are many opportunities for education hours – EMG volunteers should continue to report these as well. If EMG volunteers are unable to find sufficient educational opportunities, they should contact their EMG county coordinator.

All Purdue Extension Master Gardener (EMG) volunteers should be sure to get the approval of their EMG County Coordinator prior to engaging in an official EMG activity. EMG County Coordinators should also review educational materials and articles before sharing these resources publicly.

Here are some volunteer activity ideas while staying at home:

  • Continue to meet virtually with fellow EMGs to plan for future projects as much as possible.
  • Write a EMG association newsletter article.
  • Partner with their local coordinator to host a virtual home gardening question and answer sessions for the public.
  • Staff county EMG hotlines remotely by phone or email.
  • Prepare home horticulture related educational posts for County Extension/EMG Association social media.
  • Partner with their coordinator to host a home gardening webinar series.
  • Create an educational presentation on a home horticulture topic.
  • Grow plants for educational demo gardens from their home.

For volunteer activity and continued training ideas for Purdue EMG’s while at home, visit the web pages below:


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

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