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Interested in becoming a certified UMN Extension Master Gardener?
If so, applications are currently being sought by the Crow Wing County Extension office in Brainerd.

The University of Minnesota Extension Master Gardener program is an educational program designed to train volunteers to help other people in their communities with issues relating to horticulture. The program was created in 1977 and is administrated by the University of Minnesota Extension.

To be certified Master Gardener you should have an interest in gardening and a desire to share this interest with others.  As part of the requirements for the first year, interns must pay for and complete the required 49-hour educational training ("Core Course"). This online training will be covering a different horticulture topic each week. In addition to the training, interns must complete a minimum of 50 hours of volunteer work during their internship year.

To retain the certification, program members must complete a minimum of 25 hours of volunteer work and 5 hours of continuous education each year.

♦ To obtain more information about  the UMN Extension Master Gardener program or the registration process please contact Jackie Froemming, County Program Coodinator at 218-824-1068.


Educating people where they live and work
Crow Wing County Master Gardeners are University of Minnesota-trained volunteers whose job is to educate the public about a variety of horticulture subjects using readily-available, up-to-date research-based information. This educational effort is designed to enhance the public's quality of life and to promote good stewardship of the environment.


MN Master Naturalist

The Minnesota Master Naturalist Program is designed to teach adult participants about natural and cultural history of the three major biomes of Minnesota. Students who enroll in a class will be taught by an instructor who is affiliated with a local nature based center or natural resource focused agency. Students will receive 40 hours of classroom instruction covering the basics of ecology and systems. Teaching involves outdoor activities, PowerPoint slides, suggested resources, curriculum written for the course, and interaction with other students and instructors. Students will be asked to do a capstone project prior to graduation from the class. Time is built into the class periods to accommodate working adults. Upon graduation, Master Naturalist Volunteers are expected to complete 40 hours of volunteer service in the next calendar year. Pins are awarded for completion of service and at special levels of service.

Program Objectives

The mission of the Minnesota Master Naturalist program is to promote awareness, understanding, and stewardship of Minnesota's natural environment by developing a corps of well-informed citizens dedicated to conservation education and service within their communities.

In order to accomplish this mission, we have the following objectives:

  • Increase your knowledge of Minnesota's natural and cultural history
  • Develop your ability to convey this knowledge in a variety of educational settings and to a variety of audiences
  • Promote your ability to serve as a steward of the land
  • Help you become more informed, concerned, and proactive about the natural environment
  • Support your growth as a life-long and self-directed learner

For more information call 218-829-8770.

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