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how to become aN IDAHO master gardener™

To become an Idaho Master Gardener, check our class schedule or contact your county's University of Idaho Extension office for an application and information about the next and nearest training. Fees, instructional hours, and class times vary, as do required "payback" commitments of volunteer hours. Some counties have waiting lists.

Idaho Master Gardener classes and laboratories are taught by University of Idaho Extension educators and specialists and by other horticulture experts in your community. Field trips and readings from your copy of the comprehensive Idaho Master Gardener Handbook will fill out your instructional program.

Once you've finished your classroom training, passed your exams, and completed your volunteer hours or "practicum," you'll be certified as an Idaho Master Gardener for one year. And, you'll be enriched by basic gardening knowledge, pest identification abilities, leadership training, and planning skills.

Many Idaho Master Gardeners choose to extend their certification into future years through advanced training and a commitment of additional volunteer hours.

You can even earn University of Idaho credits for your Master Gardener course.