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 (11-22-22)

It's that time of year again where hours entry is due!  Reach out to your local MSU EMG Ambassador, Coordinator or Educator to need help with any questions that you may have.  Link to the dashboard is below.

Current Updates (10-6-22)

Don't forget that the deadline to submit your volunteer hours is DECEMBER 1, 2022.  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.

Current Updates (7-12-22)

Thanks to all the MSU EMGs out there doing great work in communities!

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.

Not sure what counts for education and/or volunteer hours?  Keep these in mind:

  1. Many MSU and MSU Extension programs related to gardening count towards education hours - but check in with your local contact if unsure. 
  2. Education needs to have a science-based component and be related to our mission.
  3. Volunteer hours have to be associated with an approved project.  If you have a new project, make sure to submit a project application in Volunteer Central prior to investing too much time on the project.  Keep in mind those approvals can take 1-2 weeks.


Current Updates (4-27-2022)

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!

We will be using this webpage for time-sensitive updates/opportunities and creating additional pages to help MSU Extension Master Gardeners® create projects and report hours in the MSU Volunteer Central System (VC). In the meantime, reach out to your local MSU Extension Consumer Horticulture Educator for assistance.

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, 2022, in order to be eligible to re-certify in January 2023. 

Also note that there will be no new MSU Extension Master Gardener® trainings until 2023 as we reformulate our curricula.

Sarah Rautio, MSU Extension Master Gardener State Leader, Melissa Haug, 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.