The purpose of the USU Extension Master Gardener Program is to develop a network of trained volunteers who can provide the Salt Lake community with unbiased, research-based horticultural education and technical assistance in gardening and home horticulture.
USU Extension Master Gardeners volunteer at several projects throughout Salt Lake County. In 2014, USU Extension Master Gardeners contributed over 3,650 volunteer hours toward education and volunteer projects in the Salt Lake community.
The USU Extension Master Gardener volunteer training course is held at the beginning of each year, once a week from late January/early February to early May, amounting to 40 hours of college-level classroom instruction taught by Utah State University Extension specialists and Extension faculty (this is a not-for-credit class and there are no prerequisites for this training course). There is also a requirement of 40 hours of hands-on volunteer service to be completed through USU Extension-approved volunteer projects by October 1st, in order to become a fully-certified USU Extension Master Gardener. You then have the option to continue volunteering at least 15 hours annually through our volunteer program if you’d like to stay current as a USU Extension Master Gardener.
Registration for our 2016 volunteer training course is available, just click the link at the right top of this page.
Thank you for your interest in the USU Extension Salt Lake County Master Gardener Program!