Dr. Paul Van Wie discussing history and geology of Long Island.
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Dr. Paul Van Wie discussing history and geology of Long Island.

Master Gardener Class - 2018

The Master Gardener Class for Fall 2018 is now closed for any applicants.  The class will run again in 2020.

The Extension Master Gardener program in New York State prepares individuals for volunteer roles in garden-based learning activities that support the educational mission of Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE). All CCE Master Gardener Volunteer (MGV) program opportunities are managed by the county CCE office who locally recruit volunteers as needed through an application process.

Why be a Cornell Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Volunteer? Anyone who enjoys working outdoors and is interested in sharing knowledge and skills with the community can be a Master Gardener Volunteer.  Master Gardeners are comprised of a diverse group of all ages and professions which provides for a broad range of skill sets serving to enhance community resources. Anyone with a desire to learn more about gardening and an interest in contributing to the community on a voluntary basis is a candidate for the Nassau County Master Gardener Volunteer Program.

How do Master Gardener Volunteers Contribute to the Community?  Master Gardener Volunteers:

  • Organize workshops, exhibits and plant sales
  • Table with gardening information at community events throughout Nassau County
  • Cultivate the garden and teach classes at East Meadow Farm
  • Design and help maintain community beautification projects, demonstration gardens, community gardens, and school gardens
  • Offer gardening talks and classes at public libraries, schools, and public venues
  • Create and participate in programs for senior citizens, youth, and the physically and mentally challenged
  • Instruct people on the proper care of their landscapes
  • Diagnose problems with lawns, shrubs, trees, flowers, fruits and vegetables and perform soil sampling

Interested in becoming a Master Gardener Volunteer?  Please click here to view and print the application.  Complete the application and submit to the attention of Jennifer Cappello-Ruggiero, CCE Nassau, 832 Merrick Avenue, East Meadow, NY 11554

The MG class schedule is Tuesdays (9:30 to 3:30), beginning, Sept 4th and ending November 13th, with the addition of 4 Thursdays for Field Trips. The cost of the course is $ $350.00 plus $70 for materials, includes trips, CCE-NC membership & training fees.

The non-refundable fee is to be paid upon notification of acceptance with an additional $125 deposit, refunded upon completion of 150 hours of volunteer service.

Please note there is a required 20 hour volunteer internship required for all those who are accepted into the program. This internship commences prior to the formal class training and will run from approximately April 2018 to October 2018, providing for 7 months to obtain the mandatory 20 hours.

For more information on Master Gardener Programs in New York, click here.


Jennifer Cappello-Ruggiero
Horticulture Community Educator
516-565-5265 Ext. 14

Last updated August 15, 2018