Master Gardener Onboarding

Registration for 2023 is now open!

Course dates: January 17 – March 31, 2023.
Registration deadline: March 1, 2023.

Wisconsin Extension Master Gardener Onboarding is an online course for individuals wishing to become Wisconsin Extension Master Gardeners. Joining the program is a two-step process.   Step #1 is participating in an approved learning opportunity from the Wisconsin Extension Horticulture Program.  Step #2 is registering and completing this course. 

As you begin your time with the Wisconsin Extension Master Gardener Program, we want to start off by saying “Thank you!” for choosing to give your time and talents in volunteer service. As a Wisconsin Extension Master Gardener, you will become an important resource in your community as you help others make good gardening decisions based on university research.

This course:

  • Serves as an orientation to the Wisconsin Extension Master Gardener Program and covers its requirements.
  • Provides a horticulture exam for you to demonstrate a baseline of horticultural knowledge. 
  • Sets up accounts to access computer platforms used in the program.

The Onboarding course does NOT provide training in horticulture content (Step #1). We require completion of the Foundations in Horticulture course or another approved learning opportunity from the Wisconsin Extension Horticulture Program.

Course Snapshot

What: Online, move at your own pace through 7 modules with online readings, activities, quizzes, and a horticulture exam. You’ll learn about the Extension Master Gardener Program (both Nationally and in Wisconsin) and how to participate in the Wisconsin Extension Master Gardener Program. The course includes an electronic (PDF) copy of the  Growing and Caring for Plants in Wisconsin: Foundations in Gardening training manual.

Who: For anyone who is 18 years or older and has successfully completed an approved learning opportunity. Transfers from another state and returning individuals need to contact the Wisconsin Extension Master Gardener Program at wimastergardener@extension.wisc.edu for requirements.

How: This is an online course that uses Canvas (online classroom).

When: January 17 through March 31, 2023.  You can complete all aspects of the course at your own pace within the course dates. You MUST complete the course by March 31. There will be no access after March 31.

Registration: Opens December 1, 2022, ends March 1, 2023. Registration fee is $100.

Cancellations received on or before January 17, 2023 will receive a refund minus a $20.00 processing fee. No refunds will be provided for cancellations made after January 17, 2023. 

Course/program eligibility is determined by the Wisconsin Extension Master Gardener Program verifying the successful completion of an approved learning opportunity (see https://mastergardener.extension.wisc.edu/get-started/). If you register without soliciting and receiving verification from the Wisconsin Extension Master Gardener Program, we reserve the right to cancel the registration and issue a refund minus a $20.00 processing fee. 

Contact Us

If you have individualized questions, reach out to us at: wimastergardener@extension.wisc.edu

Help! I'm registered and need some technical assistance

After registering for the Onboarding Course you will get a NetID from UW-Madison.  If you completed Foundations in Gardening, you will continue to use that assigned NetID.

Contacting Technical Support:

To reset or get help with your NetID username or password:
Contact the Learn@UW Help Desk via email at help@doit.wisc.edu, or by phone at 608-264-HELP (4357) (staffed seven days a week from 6am –1am). You must have access to the email address you used to sign up for the course in order to verify your identity and must identify yourself as a L3 learner with Extension.


For all other inquiries, including having the Get Started email resent to you, please send an email to 
courses@extension.wisc.edu and include this information:

  • Your first and last name
  • The email address used to sign up for the course
  • The name of the course you signed up for

Please allow up to 3 business days for a response.  

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