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Certified Master Gardener Guidelines

Certified Master Gardeners are those who have completed the Core Course and the two year, 48 hour Internship requirement in North Dakota's Extension Master Gardener Program. To remain active in the program, they are responsible annually for reporting 10 hours of continuing education and 20 hours of volunteer service.

While learning opportunities do not need prior approval from your County Agent or from the home office, Agents can be a useful resource for finding classes and our website will offer information in the Upcoming Events and News links at the right. Both volunteer service and continuing education hours can be logged using the 'Certified and Intern Volunteer Forms' link at the left.

Continuing Education Ideas:

Classroom Learning: look for hands-on training and local lectures

  • Visit local libraries and garden centers for speaker lists
  • Garden clubs often hold tours that are great learning opportunities, as well as networking hives!
  • Attend regional day conferences

Online Learning: look for webinars by your favorite practitioners and local sources

  • ND Extension Master Gardener offers a private webinar series just for MG's. If you don't know how to access it, email for more information!
  • NDSU Extension has a YouTube channel full of great, locally focused learning
  • Is there a new hort topic you're interested in? Try googling "TedTalk" and your topic or "TedX" and your topic
  • NDSU Field to Fork webinars are archived for you to view

Grab a book

  • We still believe in the old fashioned power of the printed page (even if it's on your e-reader) so rent or purchase a new book from a University publishing house on a topic of interest and mow through your 10 hours on a cold winter weekend. Remember to list your time on your annual reporting form as hours spent, not pages or books read.
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