The MSU Extension Master Gardener Program is an adult horticulture education and volunteer leader training program committed to improving science based horticulture information in communities throughout the state.

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Welcome to the Main MSU Extension Master Gardener® Page!

Current Updates (3-20-23)

Excited for a new volunteer year?  Take a moment to log into Volunteer Central and make sure you see if you are placed on your project(s) and that they are approved before beginning your volunteer work.  

This years hours reporting deadline is DECEMBER 1, 2023.  All of your required hours is on your Volunteer Central Dashboard.  For assistance finding your project or reporting hours, reach out to your contact on your Volunteer Central dashboard or your local EMG Ambassador.  The link to Volunteer Central is below.

If you haven't logged into our Volunteer Central data reporting system lately, please do!  Try entering some of your volunteer hours.  Can't find your project?  Search for it in the system.  If you still cannot locate it, reach out to the MSUE contact on your VC Dashboard.

Need help learning how to enter hours? Use the link at the bottom of this page.

The 2022 hours requirements are 20 volunteer hours and 10 education hours but be sure to check your hour goal in Volunteer Central in the event you are catching up on previous hours, too.  Note: Trainees need to achieve 40 volunteer hours to become certified.  All hours, EMG or trainee, must be reported prior to December 1, 2023, in order to be eligible to re-certify in January 2024. 

We have begun to update our webpages to be more user-friendly and informative to MSU Extension Master Gardeners® and those interested in our program.  Thanks for your patience as we do this!


Sarah Rautio, MSU Extension Master Gardener State Leader, Melissa Jacobsen, MSU EMG Program Assistant, MSU Extension Consumer Horticulture Team

How to Enter Hours in Volunteer Central

July 15, 2022

This document provides step by step instructions for EMG's to enter hours in their Volunteer Central dashboard.