COVID-19 Updates for the Wisconsin Master Gardener Program

Your health and safety remains our number one priority.

Volunteer hours requirement is suspended until December 31, 2021.  Volunteers may report less than 24 hours of volunteer time to retain certification.   Please report whatever hours you do complete! 

The 10 hour Continuing Education requirement remains in effect. Hours need to be reported by December 31, 2021. 

For the latest information on COVID-19, visit the Wisconsin Department of Health Services and your county health department.

Attention Master Gardener Volunteers

[Updated on March 30, 2021]

Your patience is greatly appreciated as we respond to the crisis caused by COVID-19.  We have gotten the permission to return to some activities but not all at this time.  

In anticipation of warmer weather and the positive signs around COVID rates, we committed to providing an update on any programming policies and guidelines as early as possible. We are happy to announce that for events starting on April 1 we have new recommendations in place.

Updates to COVID Guidelines:

Some project approvals are easier to do- but they’re still there!

  • For outdoor gardening projects that are under 2 hours and under 20 participants, please contact your county coordinator or for a modified/abbreviated, easy-to-fill-out program planning checklist to submit.
  • All other events continue to require the full program planning checklist.
    • Download Program Planning Checklist (PDF)
    • You can have up to 50 total event participants indoors (or 30% of room capacity) OR up to 150 outdoors.
    • Pod numbers increase to 20, with additional flexibility to have one large group if there is no safety reason to have participants in pods.
    • Events can last up to 4 hours.

All of the above options are for events planned now that will occur April 1 or later

Also, we want to make sure our events are following the facial coverings/distancing/special considerations needed at this time.