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Volunteer opportunities you can do online (updated 1/12/2020)
- NEW: 1/27 @2pm: Seed to Supper@Home Facilitator and Assistant Training (on Zoom). Learn how you can get involved in teaching garden courses for community members who qualify for food assistance. When food security is low and garden interest is surging, this is a meaningful community-oriented volunteer opportunity that you can do on Zoom. Presented by Community Garden Education Team of BCMGA for Benton and Linn MGVs. Learn more and RSVP HERE. Log service as Educational event: Planning. Can’t make this date? A recording will be available after the training.
- 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’.
- 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 email@example.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.
- 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 1/12/2020)
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. Currently in-person activities are paused.Check the Program Updates Page for more information.
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.
Donation & Division Needs volunteers! Report service as Fundraiser: Support
Siembra la Cena Garden (at capacity). Report service as Educational Garden: Maintenance
Propagation Workshops – Perennials Needs volunteers! Report service as Fundraiser: Support
Propagation Workshops – Woody plants Needs volunteers! Report service as Fundraiser: Support
Central Park Needs volunteers! Report service as Educational Garden: Maintenance
Fairgrounds Demonstration Garden (at capacity) Report service as Educational Garden: Maintenance
Fairgrounds Entrance Gardens (at capacity) Report service as Educational Garden: Maintenance
Mountain View School Garden (at capacity) Report service as Educational Garden: Maintenance
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.