How to Become a Master Gardener

General Information for Applicants (Subject to Change)

The training program will begin in mid-January and will consist of 15 weeks of core topics plus electives and hands-on workshops.

The training program follows a statewide standard curriculum and schedule of core classes. Each topic is addressed by a video presentation by a specialist and supplemented with online references and reading material that can be accessed by interns at any time during the week of a scheduled class. A weekly live online Q&A session provides the opportunity for interns to interact with specialists. Weekly quizzes can be taken online at any time during the week following a core topic presentation.

Applicants are expected to meet the following requirements:

  1. Possess adequate computer and Internet connectivity to access core classes consisting of video presentations, supplemental online reference material, and weekly live online Q&A sessions with specialists.
  2. Attend an online orientation program before the start of core classes.
  3. Pass weekly quizzes on core topics.
  4. Participate in weekly Zoom meetings with mentors.
  5. Commit to 30 hours of annual volunteer activities in Sandoval County, including 10 hours of community outreach (Helpline, Information Tables, Home Visits) for certification as a Master Gardener.
  6. Pay class fee of $175 at the time of application submittal via PayPal link on SEMG website.
  7. Class size is limited. Acceptance of applications is based on date of application, receipt of fee, and conduct of phone interview after receipt of application. If the number of applications exceeds the maximum class size, preference will be given to residents of Sandoval County.

Applicants will be contacted by phone or email after receipt of application. Details of class schedules will be provided to applicants by email as they become available.


Applications for the 2022 intern class are no longer being accepted. Please return and apply next Fall if you wish to join the 2023 intern class.

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Upcoming Events

Jan
28
Fri
2022
10:00 am Gardening with the Masters Onlin... @ Zoom Meeting
Gardening with the Masters Onlin... @ Zoom Meeting
Jan 28 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Learn about Houseplants as part of the Gardening with the Masters – online series, presented by Michelle Witte, Sandoval County Master Gardener. Michelle will be talking about what to know before and after purchasing a plant and[...]
Jan
29
Sat
2022
all-day Intern Training – Botany
Intern Training – Botany
Jan 29 all-day
All classes are pre-recorded lectures and will be posted at midnight on Saturdays. Please join us for “Botany”. The focus of this class will be… How plants grow – presented by Dr. Marisa Thompson, Horticulture[...]
Feb
5
Sat
2022
all-day Intern Training – Tree Selection...
Intern Training – Tree Selection...
Feb 5 all-day
All classes are pre-recorded lectures and will be posted at midnight on Saturdays. Please join us for “Tree Selection and Care” presented by Dr. Marisa Thompson, Horticulture Specialist. The focus of this class will be how[...]
Feb
8
Tue
2022
1:00 pm SEMG Advisory Council meeting vi...
SEMG Advisory Council meeting vi...
Feb 8 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Please join the monthly Sandoval Extension Master Gardener Advisory Council meeting. To receive the Zoom invitation please send an email to admin@sandovalmastergardeners.org.

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Interested in joining our program? Register for the Intern Classes running from February 2021 to May 2021.