There are a number of steps in order to become a certified Alaska Master Gardener:
Step 1: Complete the Alaska Master Gardener Course.
Step 3: While you are working on your volunteer hours, you'll need to keep track of the date,
location, what you did, number of hours you spent doing it, and the number of people
you reached. You will need this information to complete step 4.
Once you've completed your 40 hours of volunteer service, then complete the Alaska Master Gardener Volunteer Timesheet
. You should complete your volunteer service within one year of completing your course.
Step 5: Next, you will receive a patch in the mail and you will officially be an Alaska Master
Here are some ways to fulfill your volunteer service:
- Work on a gardening project locally in your community
- Start a 4-H Garden Club or help start a School Garden
- Assist non profits with gardening projects
- Start a community garden or help maintain one
- Teach a gardening workshop to the public, at a school, or to a club
- Help with beautification projects in your community
- Other ideas are encouraged. Please describe it in the Alaska Master Gardener Volunteer Proposal
. We will let you know if it is appropriate and help you find the best person to talk
with to make it happen.
If any of the following are true, then the hours are not considered eligible as part
of your 40 volunteer hours:
- You were paid to do the work;
- You were doing the work in promoting a personal business; or
- You did the work before you completed the Alaska Master Gardener Course.
As an Alaska Master Gardener Volunteer, you should develop your own set of research
based, Alaskan gardening resources. Here are some examples:
- Identification guides for plants, insects, spiders, birds, and mushrooms
- Be wary of just any ol' internet resource
- Listen, listen, listen!
- Be friendly and enthusiastic
- Let them talk until they stop (sometimes the best clues come from other information)
- Ask if they are an organic or nonorganic gardener
- Give recommendations based on research based information (this is a liability issue)
- If you don’t know the answer to their questions, ask if you can get back to them
later. Be sure to get back to them…even if you don’t have an answer.
- Consult other Master Gardeners
- Consult a Cooperative Extension Agent
Ask them to let you know the results. An Alaska Master Gardener is someone people
trust for gardening information. Be sure your information is trustworthy.
Remember: The Master Gardener Title can NOT be used for business purposes.
for any questions you may have before, during, or after you have completed your volunteer
*These Volunteer Guidelines are for students who complete the Alaska Master Gardener
Online Course. Volunteer Guidelines vary depending on your Master Gardener Course
Instructor. If you did not complete the Alaska Master Gardener Online course, please
contact your instructor for their specific volunteer guidelines.