Master Gardener Program

Master Gardener Volunteer Program

Master Gardeners are volunteers who provide garden and landscape information to area residents. They work with children and adults on numerous UW-Extension projects and gardens in Racine County.  They are trained through UW-Extension and must pass a criminal background check, sign a behavior agreement form, and complete the WI Mandated Reporter Course in order to enroll in Level 1 Training.

Visit the Wisconsin Master Gardener web site to learn more about this statewide program.

View the Annual Report for Racine County Master Gardeners, 2016:  racine2016aar

Level 1 Training

If you are interested in taking the 2017  Master Gardener Level 1 training course for Racine and Kenosha Counties, a mandatory orientation session is scheduled for Monday, July 17th from 6:00 to 7:30 pm at the Northside Library, 1500 27th Ave. in Kenosha.  At this session, you will learn about the UW-Extension Master Gardener volunteer program and the requirements to become a Master Gardener volunteer.

In order to become a UW-Extension volunteer, a person will need to agree to a criminal background check, take Mandatory Reporter Training, and sign a volunteer behavior agreement.  There is a fee of $150 for the course.  The course will run for 12 weeks, meeting once per week for a 3 hour session.

The course will be taught as flipped instruction, meaning the participants taking the course will need to have access to a computer to view the lecture part of the training.   At the in-person sessions, activities related to the week’s topic will be offered.

The location for the course is the meeting room at the Somers Festival Foods, 6000 31st St., Kenosha.  An afternoon and an evening session will be offered, 1:00 to 4:00 pm or 5:30 to 8:30 pm.  The training will be offered on Wednesdays from Sept. 6 through Nov.  22.  Contact Jeanne Hilinske-Christensen, UW-Extension Interim Horticulture Educator for Racine and Kenosha Counties with questions:

Master Gardener Forms:

Time Sheet for 2017:  timesheet2017

Hours Exemption form for 2017:  MG-Exemption-request-form-2017




Racine/Kenosha Master Gardener Association

Master Gardener Volunteers can enhance their Master Gardener experience by joining the Racine/Kenosha Master Gardener Association, a non-profit organization.   The mission of the Racine/Kenosha Master Gardener Association (RKMGA) is to educate, beautify, and preserve the community through trained Master Gardener Volunteers and other interested volunteers. The Racine/Kenosha Master Gardener Association is separate from UWEX and is part of the Wisconsin Master Gardener Association.





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