How to Become a Master Gardener

To be certified as a Sandoval County Master Gardener, you must successfully complete the 18-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 classes meet every Tuesday from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. and generally run from early January through early May. The cost of $175 covers the CD Manual, a thumb drive and other class materials. Course instructors include New Mexico State University Extension Specialists, certified Master Gardeners and other regional horticultural experts.

Application for Extension Master Gardener Program

To be certified as a Sandoval County Master Gardener, you must successfully complete the 18-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.

Fill out and submit your on line application here.

Applications are accepted August through November each year. If the class fills before we receive your application, you will be placed on a wait list. Payment due when you apply . Fee will be refunded if you are not accepted. You may send your check for the course (made out to SCMG) to: SCMG, PO Box 400, Bernalillo, NM 87004.

You may also pay by credit card or Pay Pal by clicking the button below.


Download the 2017 class schedule here.

Learn more about how the Sandoval County Master Gardeners serve the community through its classes, projects and programs.

SCMG Brochure
SCMG Handbook

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

The training location for the 2017 classes is:
Sabana Grande Recreation Center
4110 Sabana Grande Avenue SE
Rio Rancho
(NE of the intersection of Southern and Hwy 528)