Become an Extension Master Gardener Volunteer

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If you are interested in horticulture and like giving back to your community, this program is for you! The Extension Master Gardener℠ volunteers (EMGVs) work through the local Cooperative Extension Centers to bring unbiased, research-based knowledge to the community. EMGVs diagnose plant problems, speak at local schools and civic centers, teach local gardeners, and maintain the Extension Teaching Garden. EMGVs receive 40 hours of classroom and hands-on instruction and complete a 40-hour internship to become a Certified Master Gardener volunteer.

Extension Master Gardener volunteers give so much back to both our local community and the entire state of North Carolina. Their volunteer help and instruction accounted for 210,781 hours in 2018, the equivalent of 101 full-time positions were added to N.C. Cooperative Extension as a result! This is an amazing program that offers the opportunity of life-long learning while giving back to the local community to make our world a better place! Here in Beaufort County, EMGVs volunteered a total of 1,497 hours and reached out to over 400 residents in 2018. 

Classes will begin in early 2022, being held one to two days per week. Classroom and hands-on sessions will be held in the morning. The cost for the classes is $110.00 without a book and $155.00 with a hardback copy of the text (this is subject to change periodically). Participants that would like to use the internet version of the text are welcome to do so using a personal mobile device such as a laptop or iPad. Wifi will be available as well as charging stations for this purpose.

If you would like to be a part of this exciting volunteer program please fill out an application today! A link to the application can be found below. There is another link below to fill out a contact form. Filling out this form will guarantee that you will receive news and updates about the class. Potential participants will take part in a volunteer interview before being accepted into the program. If you would like further information, please contact Gene Fox at N.C. Cooperative Extension, Beaufort County Center by calling (252)946-0111 or emailing There is a link to our brochure with specific information regarding the program in Beaufort County listed below as well. 

Use this link to access the application:

EMGV Application Beaufort 2022

Use this link to fill out the contact form for future contact regarding EMGV classes in Beaufort County:

EMGV Interest Contact Form

Click this link to access the EMGV – Beaufort County Brochure

EMGV Beaufort County Brochure