Indiana Noble County Master Gardeners

Extension Master Gardeners are volunteers of Purdue Extension who serve in meaningful educational ways in the local community to multiply horticultural knowledge to local residents. This page is designed to be a concise checklist of the steps you must take to become an Extension Master Gardener in Noble County. If you have arrived on this page as a resident of another county, please contact Ann Kline in the Noble County Extension office or the respective Extension office in your county. 

These are the steps to follow to become an Extension Master Gardener in Noble County. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact the Noble County Extension Office at 260-636-2111, or email Ann Kline, Noble County Master Gardener Coordinator, at Kline60@purdue.edu. Note that our Basic Training course is currently done in conjunction with Purdue Extension in Whitley County. Please contact the  Noble Extension office for the current fee for the upcoming course, tentatively planned for September - December 2022.

STEP 1: Please let us know you are interested. Call the number above or email John Woodmansee.

STEP 2: Access and read a copy of the Purdue Extension Master Gardener Program Policy Guide, a free download is available at the link address.

STEP 3: Complete the Volunteer Application and Agreement Form and return it to the Extension office at 2090 N SR 9 Suite D Albion, IN 46701. It's best if you do this in person, because we need to verify your ID (look at your driver's license) before the application can be approved. It's simplest to do this when the application is submitted.

STEP 4: After your application is approved, you will be given a link to enroll in the local Master Gardener Basic Training class and make payment. (Alternatively, you may enroll in a state-sponsored virtual class offering, if available). 

STEP 5: Participate in the 14-week class (the class may be slightly more or less weeks in length, depending on the year), and pass the final exam with at least a 70% score. Our basic training in-person class (for Whitley and Noble Counties) is a 3-hour class once per week. Upon passing the final exam, you become an Extension Master Gardener Intern.

STEP 6: Give back to your community by volunteering at least 40 hours within the first two years to become a certified Extension Master Gardener. 

With continued volunteering, advanced Extension Master Gardener levels are available, each with a new engraved name badge and certificate awarded at a public recognition event in November. 

Come join us. We want YOU!

 

RELATED FILES ON UPCOMING IN-PERSON CLASS IN WHITLEY AND NOBLE COUNTIES

Welcome/recruitment letter (coming soon)

Tentative schedule (coming soon)

Purdue Extension Master Gardener Program Policy Guide

Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Application and Agreement Form