Purdue Extension Master Gardener Program
Extension 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 Whitley County. If you have arrived on this page as a resident of another county, please contact the respective Extension office in your county.
Purdue Extension - Whitley County
524 Branch Court
Columbia City, IN 46725
John Woodmansee, Extension Educator and Master Gardener Coordinator
BECOME AN EXTENSION MASTER GARDENER in Whitley county
These are the steps to follow to become an Extension Master Gardener in Whitley County. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact the Whitley County Extension Office at 260-244-7615, or email John Woodmansee, Whitley County Master Gardener Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Note that our Basic Training course is currently done in conjunction with Purdue Extension in Noble County. Please contact the Extension office for the current fee for the upcoming course, tentatively planned for September - December. Click here for a general information brochure (2022) on the Master Gardener Basic Training program and becoming an Extension Master Gardener. Price is subject to change.
STEP 1: If you are interested in the class, please let us know! Call the number above or email John Woodmansee. We're always glad to discuss what the class will entail and what it means to be an Extension Master Gardener. If you call prior to class details being finalized, we'll add you to our list of prospective students and contact you directly with details.
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 524 Branch Court, Columbia City, IN. 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. The application deadline is yet to be determined, but will likely be mid- to late Aug., 2023. As class details are finalized (by early June), you will find other important documents at the bottom of this page, including a preliminary class schedule.
STEP 4: After your application is approved, you will be sent 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). Enrollment with payment deadline is yet to be determined, but will likely be late Aug., 2023.
STEP 5: Participate in the 14-week class (the class may be slightly more or fewer 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. The local Whitley County Master Gardeners Association has many ways you can plug in and serve.
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
NEXT class tentatively Sept-Dec 2023
(As details for the next class become available, pertinent documents will be listed here.)