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Become an Extension Master Gardener (EMG)

Do you love to garden?

Do you enjoy sharing your gardening knowledge with others?

Then consider becoming an Extension Master Gardener.

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 not be offering any local, in-person EMG training during 2021.

You can enroll in EMG online training, facilitated by the Horticulture faculty on campus, twice a year. Check out this link starting in May or June for information on the next training session and how to register –

The next online session will start in August, 2021.

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 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 2021, 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, contact Cathy Bylinowski, Horticulture Instructor, . You may also call the MU Extension – Jackson County at 816-252-5051.

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

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University of Missouri Extension Master Gardener Program