(updated 12/2021)

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Guest blogger. Write a short piece about a gardening topic you enjoy.

Educational writing: direct

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.

In-person volunteer activities

For the latest on health and safety considerations for in-person volunteer activities please visit the program updates page.

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.

  • In-Person plant clinic: sign up procedure for winter:

To sign up please call the office at 541.713.5000 or email yasmine.rifai@oregonstate.edu to learn what times are open. If there is a recurring day you want to volunteer, or you are able to be on-call to meet with clients by appointment, staff will add it to the office calendar.

If you would like to work with someone else, please share their name and staff will check conference room availability. Solo volunteers may work at the desk. The picnic table can be used if available and weather permitting, though it cannot be reserved. The goal is to reduce crowding while still having the option to volunteer in person. 

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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