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Become an Extension Master Gardener (EMG)

Do you enjoy sharing your gardening knowledge with others?

Do you enjoy learning about new gardening methods and plants?

Consider becoming an Extension Master Gardener volunteer.

Extension Master Gardens, like all Missouri Master Gardeners, are dedicated to “helping others learn to grow”.

The University of Missouri Extension in Jackson County will be offering local, virtual EMG training with in-person field classes starting in August.  Click HERE for information about this session starting August 17, 2023.

You also have the option to enroll in EMG online training which begins August 13, 2023, facilitated by the Horticulture faculty on campus, twice a year. Check out this link for information on this training course held totally online and how to register –

Basic requirements for potential participants in the EMG training and volunteer program include a broad interest in horticulture, a commitment to volunteering, and time to volunteer.

We also recommend that applicants review the information on the Extension Master Gardener Chapter (Master Gardeners of Greater Kansas City) website,, to learn more about the EMG volunteer program and the available volunteer opportunities. All applicants must be a minimum of 16 years old. While this Chapter of EMGs is active in Clay, Jackson, and Platte Counties, we also accept metro-area applicants from Kansas.

Attendance at all training classes is essential. If more than three classes are missed, the trainee will not be able to graduate.

After graduation from online Extension Master Gardener Training in 2023, you can fulfill your volunteer service hours requirements by volunteering with our MGGKC chapter. We have a wide range of volunteer opportunities in three counties – Clay, Jackson, and Platte.

If you have questions about becoming an Extension Master Gardener with the Master Gardeners of Greater Kansas City, OR if you are currently an Extension Master Gardener and would like to transfer to MGGKC, contact Cathy Bylinowski, Horticulture Instructor, .

You may also contact Dr. Tamra Reall, Field Specialist in Horticulture,

Thanks for your interest in Extension Master Gardener Training and Volunteering!

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University of Missouri Extension Master Gardener Program