How to Become a Master Gardener

To be certified as a Sandoval County Master Gardener, you must successfully complete the 16-week Master Gardener Classes offered each winter-spring and complete a 30-hour internship that includes 10 hours of public outreach activity and 20 hours of other community service activities. Certified Master Gardeners must volunteer at least 40 hours each year, of which at least 10 hours must be earned in continuing education classes each year to retain their certification.

The sixteen training sessions are held every Tuesday afternoon from 12:30 to 5:00 PM, January 15 through April 30 at the Sandoval County Administration Building, 1500 Idalia RD, Room 2047 (2nd floor), Bernalillo, NM 87004.  Course instructors include New Mexico State University Extension Specialists, certified Master Gardeners and other regional horticultural experts.

Application deadline is December 15, 2018. Fee for the class is $175, which covers the cost of materials for the class, and incidental expenses related to the class.  Access to the Internet is necessary for this course.  Access is available through the master gardener office or local libraries.

Application for Extension Master Gardener Program
There are two ways that you can submit an application:

  1. Apply online by clicking here and filling out the on-line application.
  1. Apply via US Mail by downloading and mailing the completed application to the address listed.  The printable application is available here in both Word and PDF format.

Class and Other Information

To review the 2019 class schedule click here.

Learn more about how the Sandoval County Master Gardeners serve the community through its classes, projects and programs at this website or through our publications.

SCMG Brochure
SCMG Handbook

You will be contacted to confirm your acceptance and course dates and times.