Now Accepting Applications for the Forsyth County Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Program

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N.C. Cooperative Extension, Forsyth County Center, is now accepting applications for the 2023 Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Initial Training Class. Please read this article to the end for all the details!

Extension Master Gardener℠ Volunteers (EMGVs) are integral to Extension’s horticulture programs in Forsyth County. EMGVs are trained to be educators and share their knowledge of gardening with other community members. You do not need to be an expert at the beginning of the training course, but you must be willing to learn and to volunteer your time and energy! The training will strengthen your skills and knowledge of horticulture, as well as prepare you to teach others. Volunteer opportunities within the program include assisting with maintenance at Extension’s gardens, presenting programs to adults and youth, organizing educational events for the community, representing Extension and sharing information at public events, and more.

Interested? Here are more details about the volunteer training:

    • The Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Program is just that – a volunteer program! The training is designed to prepare volunteers to help educate the public about horticulture. The class will cover information about gardening and landscaping, as well as topics in volunteerism. Before becoming a certified Extension Master Gardener Volunteer, you must also complete a volunteer internship (more details below).
    • There is a fee of $150 to participate in the training course. This fee covers a textbook, all class supplies, a volunteer name tag, and your state fee for being a member of the EMGV program. A limited number of scholarships are available for those who need them. Please indicate your interest in your application, and you will receive a scholarship application.
    • The initial training course will include 40 hours of instruction on horticultural topics, as well as training to prepare you to volunteer in our programs.
    • The training class will be held as a combination of self-paced online learning and in-person sessions. In addition, opportunities will be available to participate in volunteer activities along with your classmates.
    • The initial training class will be held on Friday mornings from 9 a.m. to noon, beginning in August 2023. We anticipate the final class and graduation will be held in November 2023. Participants should plan to be present each week; a small number of absences will be excused, and make-up options will be available as applicable. However, we encourage you to attend as many live sessions as possible in order to get the most out of the training.
    • A more detailed schedule will be distributed at the start of the course.
  • All students in initial training are required to complete a volunteer internship as well.
  • The volunteer internship must be completed within 1 year. The internship includes 40 hours of volunteering in Extension’s horticulture programs within Forsyth County. The volunteer internship cannot be completed in other counties or by volunteering for other organizations.
  • All applicants must participate in an interview prior to being accepted into the program. Interviews will be held on Zoom during the months of June and July.

Apply for the program using the application below by Friday, June 9. After you have submitted an application, you must schedule and participate in a short Zoom interview in June or July. All accepted applicants will be notified in July.

We are holding three interest sessions in May for anyone interested in applying. You are not required to attend a session in order to apply, but it will give you an opportunity to learn about the program and ask questions. Visit our Eventbrite page for details on those interest sessions.

If you have questions about the Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Program or how to apply, please contact Leslie Rose, Horticulture Agent ( or 336-703-2868) or Anika Parks, Volunteer Coordinator ( or 336-703-2848).

Click here to view the volunteer application