Volunteer

To become a certified Master Gardener, you must meet the following requirements:

Basic Certification: Complete the class and do 40 hours of volunteer work within one year of completing the class (class counts for ed. hrs. the first year).

Re-certification: Complete 15 hours of volunteer work and 5 hours of education annually.

Advanced Certification: Complete 50 hours of volunteer work related to horticulture education (in addition to the original 40 after the class) and 25 hours of education related to horticulture.

The current reporting year is January to December. You must complete your volunteer and education hours during this year to be certified or re-certified for next year.

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Cooley Gardens volunteers meet Wednesday evenings through mid-September from 5:30–7:30 p.m. at the Gardens located at:

225 W. Malcolm X
Lansing, MI 48933

You’re welcome to show up ready to work!

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Fenner Nature Center loves volunteers! Share your time and experience with them as they care for native plant and butterfly gardens, maintain trails, and fight back against the stubborn invasive species in the park. They also appreciate volunteers who help with office work, animal care, special events (like the Apple Butter and Maple Syrup Festivals), and more. None of these sound good? Tell them your dreams for Fenner and they’ll see how they can incorporate them! To become a volunteer, fill out the form at http://www.mynaturecenter.org (look under “Volunteer Opportunities” and click on the image), call them at 517-483-4224 and ask them to mail a form, or stop in to fill one out in person.

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Michigan 4-H Children’s Garden.  From pulling weeds with your children to serving as a teen tour guide or working with K-12 students by conducting educational programs, there are numerous opportunities to volunteer in the Children’s Garden. You’ll receive the biannual newsletter, invitations to plant sales, seminars, and field trips! Contact  Jessica Wright at garden4h at msu.edu or go to http://4hgarden.msu.edu/volunteer/signup.htm.
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MSU Horticulture Gardens. Every Tuesday 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.. from mid-April through October volunteers are needed at the MSU Horticulture Gardens. They rely on a dedicated group of willing workers who help to complete the many tasks that have to be accomplished each year. This is great fun! Contact: Bethany Troy at troybeth@MSU.EDU.
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W. J. Beal Botanical Garden – Garden Ambassadors and Docents. MSU Campus. For information, contact Dr. Frank Telewski, Curator (517) 355-9582, telewski@cpa.msu.edu, or wjbeal volunteer at cpa.msu.edu.

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