UCCE Master Gardeners of Lake Tahoe
University of California
UCCE Master Gardeners of Lake Tahoe

UCCE Master Gardeners of Lake Tahoe Training

The University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE) invites adults interested in helping others learn about gardening and landscaping to apply to train as a Master Gardener volunteer. UCCE Master Gardener volunteers learn University-based scientific information and then share that knowledge with the gardening community. Master Gardener volunteers are people of all ages and from all walks of life with a common desire to help others learn about gardening and landscaping.

2017-2018 Training

This training session will be held once per month to try and accommodate our Tahoe lifestyle. Our goal is to present a training session that is integrated with our current Master Gardener Program and is also hands-on. Each class session will be 4 hours in length, held the first Friday of each month. Classes will be at Lake Tahoe Community College but may also have a hands-on component at one of the local demonstration or school gardens. In addition to the once a month training session, new Master Gardener Trainees are invited to attend our regular monthly meetings held the First Thursday of each month from 11 am to 1 pm. We also have regular continuing education classes and opportunities that new Master Gardener Trainees are highly encouraged to attend. We would also like our new Master Gardener Trainees to be a part of our Tahoe Friendly Plant Sale on Saturday, September 9th, 2017. There will also be a volunteer work day(s) on Thursday and Friday, September 7th and 8th, 2017.

Who Can Apply?

  • Any resident of the Lake Tahoe Basin for the 25 available openings in the training program.
  • Applicants need internet access. Most communication will be through email and websites.

Important Dates


8/11: Application Deadline
8/25: Pay Course Fee ($85)
9/1: Mail Live Scan Form

Training Class Time:
10 am to 1 pm

9/1: Class
10/6: Class
11/3: Class
12/1: Class


1/5: Class
2/2: Class
3/2: Class
4/6: Class
5/4: Class
6/1: Class

Class Location

Lake Tahoe Community College
1 College Drive
South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150

For more information

Contact Robin Cleveland at 530-621-5528 or rkcleveland@ucanr.edu.

How to Apply:

  • Application process is closed.
  • Application period closes Friday, August 11th, 2017.
  • In-person interviews will be scheduled on an-going basis as applications are accepted.

What We Will Do:

  • Review applicants. Main criteria for acceptance: 1) prior community service, 2) experience teaching others, either by giving presentations, writing, or in one-to-one situations, 3) passion for helping home gardeners, 4) experience successfully gardening.
  • Conduct interviews during November. We will contact you within a week after the interview with your acceptance status.
  • A background check, including fingerprinting, is required to become a Master Gardener. If you are accepted, we will email you a Live Scan form and list of Live Scan locations.
  • Teach you how to research garden issues successfully. Topics and activities will cover basic plant science, propagation, fertilization, irrigation, soil, compost, vegetable gardening, water conservation, trees, Integrated Pest Management (diseases, weeds, insects, small animals), research tools, and outreach techniques.
  • Provide you with plenty of Volunteer and Continuing Education opportunities.

What You’ll Do If Accepted into the Master Gardener Volunteer Training Program:

  • By Monday, August 25th, 2017, pay course fee of $85 online or mail a check made payable to “UC Regents” to Robin Cleveland, UC Cooperative Extension, 311 Fair Lane, Placerville, CA 95667.
  • By Friday, September 1st, 2017, mail the Live Scan form completed by the Live Scan operator to Robin Cleveland at the above address or bring to the first day of class. #8 form on our Volunteering with UCCE webpage.
  • Attend once a month classes on Fridays, September 1st, 2017 through June 8th, 2018, from 10:00 am -1:00 pm. Classes will be held in South Lake Tahoe at the Lake Tahoe Community College and other local locations. Only one class may be missed.
  • Answer gardening questions at farmers markets, garden tours and other local events, the at various Demonstration Gardens and school gardens in Lake Tahoe, or at public classes. Help with program activities offered through a variety of internal committees.
  • Complete 50 volunteer hours your first year, then 25 volunteer and 12 continuing education hours annually.
  • Post your volunteer and continuing education hours on our online Statewide MG Volunteer Management System. (We provide instructions).
  • Attend monthly MG Continuing Education meetings as often as possible.

What You’ll Get

  • Multiple University of California publications including the California Master Gardener Handbook; discounts on other UC publications.
  • Certificate of Completion of Class Instruction after completing the training program and passing the take-home, open-book examination.
  • Regular Continuing Education meetings with speakers and activities on in-depth gardening topics.
  • Frequent notifications of Volunteer and Continuing Education opportunities and other program information.
  • Annual recertification as an active MG after you post online at least 50 Volunteer hours by June 30, 2019. (Future years’ annual requirements are 25 Volunteer and 12 Continuing Education hours.)
  • Joy and satisfaction that you're helping other gardeners grow more nutritious vegetables and fruits, you’re making new friends, and working with others to help create a more sustainable environment.
Webmaster Email: rkcleveland@ucanr.edu