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Master Gardener Activities

Opportunities to gain volunteer hours include, but are not limited to:

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  • Phone response team: answering horticulture phone calls, helping clients who come into the horticulture offices, filing, copying, assisting horticulture staff with various tasks, organizing horticulture books and catalogs, etc.
  • Working in demonstration gardens (Cscape, Cliff Fouts Demonstration Garden, Pioneer Arts Center, Children's School, Gardens, etc.)
  • Soil testing, pruning, gardening, and lawn care clinics
  • Writing articles for Master Gardener Newsletter, working on production of UNCE newsletters/flyers, and reviewed information sheets.
  • Attending educational presentations, demonstrations, and conferences.
  • Participating in committee meetings, planning and preparing for Master Gardener activities.
  • Staffing booths at state fairs, home shows, volunteer fairs, farmers' markets, and other special events.
  • Teaching classes/seminars, or giving community talks (Gardening in Nevada Series, Cscape presentations, garden clubs, children's groups, etc.) Seminars and talks should be coordinated through the Master Gardener Coordinator.
  • Working with children (Boys and Girls Club, Jr. Master Gardeners, Grow labs, Mariposa Children's Garden, etc.) All Master Gardeners who work with children must be fingerprinted through University of Nevada Cooperative Extension prior to service.

If you are interested in additional activities not listed above, please contact the Master Gardener Coordinator for approval before you begin. The kinds of volunteer projects Master Gardeners can do are limited only by your imagination! All types of volunteer service should meet the following criteria:

  1. Be creative and adventurous. Activities should be fun and enjoyable.
  2. Projects must involve horticulture and volunteerism.
  3. Projects must include an educational component, such as "helping neighbors," when a Master Gardener donates plant-related information for a disabled or special-need neighbor.
  4. Projects must be "not for profit." They may NOT involve Master Gardeners' personal businesses. Volunteer work must not be paid for "in-kind." Also, projects may not be a part of your regular paid job or side job.
  5. While we're glad you support them, garden club activities outside of the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension do not count for Master Gardener volunteer hours. The exceptions are: a special horticulture event, specifically promoting Master Gardener activities, or presentations based upon continuing education, and approved by the Master Gardener Coordinator.
  6. A Master Gardener may not be paid for services provided. However, donations can be made to the Master Gardener program. Make checks out to the Board of Regents with a caption stating "For the Master Gardener program." When possible ask where the individual would like to see the funds utilized (resource materials, demonstration gardens, etc.)