Travis County Master Gardener Training
Are you interested in becoming a Travis County Master Gardener? If so, it’s time to apply!
In order to receive an application, you must attend one of our two information sessions. Seating at each session is limited, so please arrive early to secure a seat (no RSVP required).
All information sessions will be held at the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service office, 1600-B Smith Rd, Austin, TX 78721
MG Information Session 1, Thurday, March 28, 2019, 6:00 to 7:00 PM
MG Information Session 2, Friday March 29, 2018, 1:00 to 2:00 PM
If you are unable to attend one of the 2 sessions offered, you will need to wait until the 2020 information sessions are offered, and thus you will not be able to apply for the 2019 program.
At the information session, we will cover the details of the program, and answer any questions that you may have. You will receive a program application at your information session. Applications are not available elsewhere.
After applications are received and reviewed, 40 applicants will be chosen for interviews. A maximum of 20 applicants will be accepted into the program. The fee for the 2019 Master Gardener program in Travis County is $250, payable upon acceptance into the program.
The course will meet every Tuesday, 8 AM to 5 PM, from June 4 through July 30, at the Travis County Extension office, 1600 Smith Rd.
If you are accepted into the training program, complete the classroom training, and pass the final exam at the end of the course, you will be required to complete a minimum of 50 hours of volunteer service by October 31 of the following year (2020 in this case). Your volunteer hours will be spent on various Extension-approved projects, which will be explained to you during the program.
A criminal background check is required of all Extension volunteers, including Master Gardeners. Therefore, as a matter of policy, criminal background checks will be run on all persons accepted into the Master Gardener training program, and every three years thereafter.
The Master Gardener Program is conducted by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service a maximum of once per year in Travis County, but not necessarily held every year. The limited number of spaces in the program will be filled based on assessment of the applications and personal interviews.