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Master Gardener Volunteer Program

Updated May 19, 2022

Aimee Ladonski

SDSU Extension Volunteer Development Field Specialist and State Master Gardener Coordinator

SDSU Extension’s Master Gardener program develops gardening enthusiasts into expert volunteers who share their research-based knowledge with community members across the state. Each year, Master Gardeners volunteer thousands of hours answering citizen questions and hosting community programs. Like the SDSU Extension Master Gardeners Facebook page to stay up-to-date on webinars and workshops open to the public, or use the navigation below to contact us for more information.

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Important Information

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Becoming a Master Gardener Volunteer

Interested in becoming an SDSU Extension Master Gardener Volunteer? Learn more about our program requirements, volunteer expectations and how to apply.

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SDSU Extension Master Gardener Program Policy Guide

This guide offers current and prospective SDSU Extension Master Gardeners information on: applying for the program, maintaining certification, categorizing and reporting service hours, understanding the various levels of volunteer service and much more!

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SDSU Extension Master Gardener Templates

A suite of templates that can be used by currently active and registered SDSU Extension Master Gardener volunteers as they engage in service to their community.

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South Dakota Master Gardener Association

The South Dakota Master Gardener Association is a nonprofit organization whose purpose is to provide assistance to SDSU Extension in carrying out its basic mission to disseminate research-based information on ornamental horticulture and gardening to the general public.

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Grow Getters: Garden-Focused Wellness Lessons for Youth

The “Grow Getters” series consists of lessons and resources to engage youth and families in hands-on, at-home activities related to gardening—even without a garden!

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Garden & Yard

Flowers, vegetables, trees, and lawns - learn how to improve your landscape, control weeds and insects and bring the bounty of your garden to your family’s dinner table.

Master Gardener Volunteer Reporting System

The volunteer reporting system (VRS) allows SDSU Extension’s Master Gardeners the ability to add their volunteer hours and training activities through the means of an on-line interface which can be accessed by the state's Master Gardener program administrators.

Report your volunteer hours

Upcoming Events

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May 24

Garden Hour Webinar

Join our experts each week to obtain timely information and ideas to get the most out of your garden and landscaping!

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