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Volunteer opportunities you can do from anywhere, on a flexible schedule (updated 9/22/2020)
- NEW 9/22: Help test a houseplant learning community using an online program called Flipgrid, a way to share with a community using short videos. To learn more and sign up, CLICK HERE. Log service as: ‘Other Approved Projects’.
- 8/18: Help us review and update the Plant Problem Scenario (PPS) files. The scenarios are short, 1-2 page documents that are used by Master Gardener’s during PPS sessions. A review consists of 1. Checking website links to ensure they are still valid; Correct as needed. 2. Compare info on the file with data on the referenced websites and ensure most current recommendations are included. 3. Check scenario description to see if key diagnosis points are included. 4. Check the pictures to see if photographer is given credit. Volunteer hours can be logged as “Educational Writing – direct”. Please contact Deb Kern at NewfCardi (at) yahoo.com for more details.
- Plant Clinic Dashboard. Respond to real questions from gardeners. To sign up CLICK HERE. Report service as Plant Clinic: Direct.
- Practice Plant Clinic (online) – Practice responding to mock questions. Sign up HERE. Report service as Plant Clinic: Direct.
- Ask a question for Practice Plant Clinic for other volunteers to try their skills. You can email your inquiry to firstname.lastname@example.org or call or text (541) 321-0870. Report service as Plant Clinic: Direct.
- Write a guest blog. It can be about a personal gardening experience or sharing about a gardening topic that you’d like to research. Check with your program staff for the service category.
- Send in a Plant Problem Show and Tell. Report service as Plant Clinic: Direct or if you are a continuing volunteer, as Continuing Education.
- Citizen science with Oregon Season Tracker. Report service as Other : approved projects.
Gardens & propagation (updated 9/22/2020)
Due to the public health situation, garden volunteering opportunities are limited and may be at capacity. Interested in participating in an activity that is at capacity? Please contact elizabeth.records (at) oregonstate.edu to get connected with the organizer and learn of future opportunities. Note: for school/youth gardens volunteers must clear a criminal history check prior to participating.
Mountain View School Garden (at capacity) Report service as Educational Garden: Maintenance
Fairgrounds Entrance Gardens (at capacity) Report service as Educational Garden: Maintenance
Fairgrounds Demonstration Garden (at capacity) Report service as Educational Garden: Maintenance
Central Park Needs volunteers! Report service as Educational Garden: Maintenance
NEW 8/24 Propagation Workshops – Woody plants Needs volunteers! Report service as Fundraiser: Support
NEW 8/24 Propagation Workshops – Perennials Needs volunteers! Report service as Fundraiser: Support
NEW 9/22 Siembra la Cena Garden (at capacity). Report service as Educational Garden: Maintenance
NEW 9/29: Donation & Division Needs volunteers! Report service as Fundraiser: Support
Updated 11/19/2019: List of active volunteers currently eligible to participate in the OSU Extension Master Gardener program (Benton) between 11/1/2019-10/31/2020.
- Certified: eligible for all volunteer activities.
- Uncertified: not eligible to provide education to public (presentations, plant clinic, serving as a mentor, any direct education, etc.) until they become certified.
- In the class of 2020? You can provide education with the support of mentors and program staff as you accrue hours towards your first certification.
See the list of approved volunteer projects and BCMGA committees for 2019 (please contact Elizabeth with any updates). Note: this list may not be up to date due to the pandemic. Please see activities currently ellibible for volunteer service in the OSU Extension program at the top of the page.
Have you been asked to speak/teach for an outside group?
Want to start a new volunteer project?
Want to volunteer for a community project that is not listed above?
*Please reach out to the MG Program Assistant (Elizabeth Records) prior to volunteering. All new outreach events need approval by Extension and more involved volunteer projects also need approval of the BCMGA. This is to ensure that all of our educational projects meet the OSU Extension Master Gardener Program mission and can be adequately supported by available volunteers and funding. You may be asked to submit a ‘new project request” form. This process is in place for several reasons: it allows the Extension staff and faculty to provide adequate supervision by ensuring that volunteer opportunities meet the OSU Extension Master Gardener program mission, that OSU’s volunteer liability coverage covers your activities, ensures that advertising of public events is done according to OSU guidelines, and avoids duplicate projects by potentially connecting you to other volunteers and/or funding resources for work in similar projects.