Oakland County Master Gardener Volunteer Information
Oakland County, MichiganMSU ExtensionOakland County Master Gardener Volunteer Information

Oakland County Master Gardener Volunteer Information

Online Master Gardener Volunteer Reporting 
Master Gardener volunteers with Internet access now report all volunteer and educational hours on-line.
Prior to reporting volunteer and education hours, you first must be registered on the MSU Extension volunteer management system.  New Master Gardener class members will receive information about registering at the training classes.  If you have a problem registering, please contact beckyirey.emga@gmail.com melissalaurenherrmann@gmail.com
Once you've registered you will then be able to submit your volunteer and education hours at the MSU Extension Volunteer Management System (VMS).  Paper reports can no longer be accepted at the Oakland County MSU Extension office.  If you need a VMS Buddy (someone to help you enter hours), please contact beckyirey.emga@gmail.com melissalaurenherrmann@gmail.com 
All volunteer hours should in some capacity extend horticultural knowledge to the community and/or promote the MSU Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Program.


Youth Enrollment Form

  • This form is to be used if you have volunteered over the past year (September 1 - August 30).
  • If you work with a registered 4-H club this information has already been captured so you need not read further.
  • If the only work with youth you've done is judge at the Oakland County Fair, you won't be able to fill out this form.  Most of the youth at the Oakland County Fair belong to at least one club, so their information has already been captured.
  • If you have worked with any children over the past year in any capacity, please take some time to fill out the form.
  • If you have done a series with the same children coming every session, fill it out once.
  • If you have done a series and you have a changing cast of children, it needs to be filled out for each session.
  • The project code will be GC which designates Plants.
  • For the section asking for demographics on where the participants live, use the municipality where the program took place and don't trouble yourself over where the children live.
  • For the ethnicity sections, do the best you can.
  • The form is set up so you tab from item to item.
  • At the top right corner you'll see you can fill out the form and e-mail it directly to the MSU Extension-Oakland Master Gardener Volunteer Program office.
  • The deadline to report is August 14th.


Junior Master GardenersMaster Gardener Certification Guidelines

Web site to report volunteer hours & education: 
Basic certification deadline:
One year from the last day of your volunteer training to submit 40 hours.

Basic certification:
Master Gardener candidates must perform a minimum of forty (40) hours of volunteer service, of which a minimum of twenty (20) hours must be Required MSU Extension Volunteer Projects (see list below), to qualify for basic certification.

Annual Recertification:
January 1 through December 31.  Volunteer hours and education must be entered prior to December 31 for the current year.  Also, MSU Extension requires a $20.00 recertification fee each year through their web site.  Deadline for recertification fee payment is January 30th.

A minimum of fifteen (15) hours of volunteer time (can be chosen from any category (see Volunteer Projects below) plus a minimum of five (5) hours of education.

Advanced Master Gardener certification:
Fifty (50) volunteer hours and twenty-five (25) hours of advanced horticulture education must be completed within a five (5) year time frame.


Volunteer Projects

Required Volunteer Projects

  • MSU Extension Master Gardener Program Support
    • Teaching
    • Grading training class final exams
    • Class assistants and mentors
  • Horticultural Information Outreach
    • Writing articles for publication
    • Master Gardener information booths
  • Extension-affiliated
    • Plant-A-Row for the Hungry gardens
    • Master Gardener Society of Oakland County projects
    • Oakland County and Oakland County Parks projects
    • Other projects listed as "required" in The Oakland Gardener electronic newsletter

Personal Choice Volunteer Projects

All projects must have an educational outreach component.  MSU Extension Master Gardeners are not to be used for gardening maintenance alone.

  • Community Service Gardening
    • Projects at non-profit agencies:  churches, schools, libraries, municipalities, public parks and gardens (hours may include planning, meeting and other preparations)
    • Beautification projects - only if there is an educational outreach component
    • Detroit Zoo
    • Arranging educational programs for garden clubs and associations
    • Community tree boards/beautification committees

Hours that are NOT acceptable

  • Volunteering done outside of Michigan
  • Gardening for individuals (friends, family, neighbors, etc.)
  • Gardening done for for-profit entities
  • Travel to and from any volunteer site

Other projects may be pre-approved by the MSU Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Training Program Coordinator. 

For further information about the Master Gardener Volunteer Training Program please call 248-858-0880.


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