Master Gardener Roles

To become a certified Montana Master Gardener you are required to fullfill a volunteer commitment.  Your county or reservation Extension agent can help direct you to approved Master Gardener volunteer projects.  In order to be valid, a project must:

1.  be horticulturally related,

2.  not be for profit,

3.  give back to the community 

Examples include, but are not limited to:

  • Assisting your local Extension office with Master Gardener classes, demonstrations or workshops
  • Staffing a Master Gardener information booth at your local farmer's market or county fair
  • Working with local schools on youth education and school gardens
  • Working with local retirement or assisted living communities on adaptive gardening for the elderly and physically challenged
  • Providing office assistance to your county or reservation Extension office
  • Staffing your local plant clinic 
  • Working at your local food bank
  • Writing or contributing to Master Gardener newsletters, news articles, local press or other materials
  • Assisting with trial research projects, demonstration gardens, plant sales or garden tours
  • Collaborating with your city Parks Department to help beautify and maintain public spaces in a sustainable manner

Most important is that you enjoy your volunteer time and feel you are making an impact.  If you have other project ideas that better utilize your talents, please mention them to your county or reservation Extension agent.