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.

Master Gardener Level 1 Training:   MGV Brochure

Level 1 training is scheduled from 1-4 pm on Thursdays from Aug. 16 – Nov. 1.   Locations will alternate each week at the Kenosha County Center (intersection of Highways 45 & 50 in Bristol) and the Ives Grove Office Complex (County Office Building, Public Works Building) at 14200 Washington Avenue (Highway 20), Sturtevant WI, 53177

The training is offered as flipped instruction, meaning participants must read chapters from the manual and watch videos prior to the on-site training each week.  Access to a computer is strongly encouraged.  Training fee: $150.

Attendance at the training sessions is very important.  Participants should attend all 12 sessions.  Two absences are allowed during the 12 week program.  At three absences, a participant is dropped from the training.

Orientation is scheduled for July 12th:  1-2 pm at the Ives Grove location (auditorium) OR 3-4 pm at the Kenosha County Center (Hearing Room).  Application materials will be available at orientation.  Application deadline:  July 26.

If you are interested in the Master Gardener Level 1 Training Program in Racine and Kenosha Counties,  contact Theresa Odell,


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


Summer UW-Extension Master Gardener Meeting

Date:  Saturday, Aug. 11

Time & Location: 

10 am – 12 noon @ Kenosha County Center Demonstration Garden

Education:  The Social Network of Plants



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

2017 Annual Report:  Racine 2017AnnualReport

Level 1 Training

Level 1 Training will be scheduled for late summer/early fall 2018.  Details to follow.



Master Gardener Forms:

Time Sheet for 2018:  timesheet2018

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

Volunteer Behavior Expectations Form:  UWEXT-VOLUNTEER-BEHAVIOR-EXPECTATIONS-2-15-Protected




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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