Apply Now to be an Extension Master Gardener Volunteer

What Are Extension Master Gardener Volunteers?

The Extension Master Gardener Volunteer program began in North Carolina in 1979, and has grown to 88 programs in counties across our state. Extension Master Gardeners Volunteers are trained to help connect North Carolinians with the vast reservoir of horticultural knowledge and research developed at North Carolina A&T University and NC State University. Durham County Extension has nearly 100 volunteers in the Extension Master Gardener program. They help Durham residents learn more about a myriad of gardening topics, answer questions, conduct demonstrations and workshops, and help maintain Durham’s community garden at Briggs Avenue.

Once interns have completed their initial training, Extension Master Gardeners volunteer 40 hours of their time to the community every year. Beyond their initial training experience, they are able to attend lectures and workshops offered by state and national experts. To find out more about the Extension Master Gardener Volunteer program visit

How To Apply

The Durham County Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Program conducts a 15-week training program once every two years. The next program will be conducted January-April 2019 on Thursdays, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Durham County Extension Office, 721 Foster Street in Durham.

In order to apply to the program you must:

1. Attend one information session (dates listed below).
2. Submit your application by October 10, 2018.
3. If you are selected, pay the $120 registration fee by December 31, 2018. This fee covers your training materials.

Information Sessions
To begin the process, attend one information session conducted at the Durham County Extension office at 721 Foster Street. Advance registration required.

August 21st, 2-3 p.m.
August 30th, 10-11 a.m.
September 12th, 6-7 p.m.
September 14th, 2-3 p.m.
September 18th, 10-11 a.m.
September 20th, 6-7 p.m.

Call 919-560-0521 to register for an information session.