Volunteer Projects

Projects are how MGVs engage with the public and communities in a structured and evaluative way. Projects must be approved by the local UW-Extension office to ensure they are an identified need in the community, align with UW-Extension’s educational priorities, connect with past or on-going research (such as on the value of that type of project, a survey showing need, etc.) and adhere to our non-discrimination and liability policies. It is strongly recommended that position descriptions for these projects be created which detail the commitment requirements of individuals, resources available, and specific details about the project.

It is expected that projects will be summarized at the end of each year and submitted as part of a county’s end of year reporting to the MG program office. Ideally, projects have measurable impacts, such as:

  • Number of program participants, pounds of produce harvested and donated, number of trees planted, etc.
  • Asks questions of participants, such as “what did you learn?”
  • Notes observed changes in participants attitudes and behaviors, such as youth learning new skills or elders gardening independently.

All projects must be approved by the local UW-Extension educator and should align with UW-Extension’s Educational Priorities!

Examples of Volunteer Projects

With schools:

  • Plant science in the classroom
  • Educational outdoor gardens

With communities:

  • Community gardens
  • Public education events
  • Beautification projects
  • Invasive species management
  • Landscape projects with municipalities
  • Horticulture helplines
  • Gardening Q&A booths at fairs and farm markets

With non-profit organizations:

  • Horticultural therapy
  • Educational programs
  • Community gardens

Other projects may be approved depending on needs identified by your local UW-Extension office.