Volunteer opportunities you can do online (updated 3/23/2021)


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Plant Clinic Dashboard. Respond to real questions from gardeners.

Plant Clinic Direct

Practice Plant Clinic (online) – Practice responding to mock questions.

Plant Clinic Direct

  • Ask a question for Practice Plant Clinic for other volunteers to try their skills. You can email your inquiry to practiceplantclinic@gmail.com 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.

In-person volunteer activities

(updated 3/23/2021)

Since the public health situation is rapidly changing, in-person activities need to be reviewed and approved by Extension administration. Planning an in-person activity? Even if it was previously approved please check in with Brooke.

Check the Program Updates Page for more information.

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.


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Plant sale prep

Fundraiser: support

Demo garden

Educational Garden: Maintenance

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Central park

Educational Garden: Maintenance

Siembra la Cena Garden (at capacity).

Educational Garden: Maintenance

Propagation: Edible Plants

Fundraiser: support

Coming soon – list of volunteer eligible to participate in MGV activities.

  • 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.
  • Are you a trainee? You can provide education with the support of mentors and program staff as you accrue hours towards your first certification.

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.

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