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How to Become an

Extension Master Gardener ℠ Volunteer in Brunswick County

Registration for the 2023 Class has closed.

Next Class January 2024

Join a network of passionate gardeners in Brunswick County who are dedicated to learning and sharing research-based information, enhancing their communities through horticulture, and connecting people with the benefits of gardening. Become a Master Gardener℠ volunteer!

Extension Master Gardener SM Volunteers are essentially an “extension” of NC State Cooperative Extension and NC State University, a North Carolina land-grant institution. They assist in our mission of public outreach and education.

The Extension Master Gardener℠ Volunteer training program for Brunswick County is offered once a year.

Extension Master Gardener Volunteers:

Master Gardener volunteers complete the following steps to join the program:

Submit An Application

Becoming an Extension Master Gardener volunteer begins with an interview and an accepted application to our local county program.

Learn more about the NC EMG Program application.

The interview/application process will begin in late August/Early September 2023.

Upon acceptance into the program, the fee is $200, payable in advance through our Eventbrite site. A hard copy of the textbook “Extension Gardener Handbook” and a companion work book are included in the fee.

Complete Initial Volunteer Training

Extension Master Gardener initial training prepares you to be a Master Gardener volunteer. The course introduces a wide range of horticultural topics, with a focus on finding research-based information and sharing the science behind sustainable gardening practices. Initial training includes:

  • Minimum of 50 hours of instruction plus homework.
  • The classes will be in-person at the Cooperative Extension Office, 25 Referendum Drive, Building N, and run Tuesdays and Fridays, 9a-12p, beginning in January and ending in March.
  • Taught by Extension staff and local experts
  • Topics include, but are not limited to, soils and plant nutrients, turf, insects, diseases,  Integrated Pest Management, food production, herbaceous, woody and native plants, wildlife, landscape design, and more.
  • Weekly assignments and Quizzes
  • Take-home or in-class, open-book exam
  • Intern Project

Visit the Extension Gardener Handbook online to explore the training curriculum.

Complete Volunteer Internship

Once initial training is complete, volunteers complete a minimum 40-hour Internship in Brunswick County, to learn even more about horticulture, our local program, and volunteer opportunities,  and give back to the community.

During the internship, volunteers rotate through a variety of volunteer opportunities that support the educational outreach priorities of their local Extension center.

Become Certified

Once the 40-hour internship has been completed the volunteer is eligible to become a Certified Extension Master Gardener volunteer.

Maintain Certification

In order to remain active in the program, Master Gardener volunteers in Brunswick County must meet annual recertification requirements, with a minimum of:

  • 40 hours of volunteer service in Brunswick County and
  • 10 hours of continuing education.

If you are interested in the program, please complete this form and you will be contacted to discuss the application process in early Fall, 2023.

MG Class of 2024 Interest Form