The Ohio State University Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Program provides intensive training in horticulture to interested Ohio residents, who then volunteer their time assisting with educational programs and activities for Ohio residents through their local OSU Extension county office. Volunteers are not required to have gardening skills or knowledge; but a passion for learning about gardening and sharing this knowledge with others is a must!

Working with county Extension personnel, Master Gardener Volunteers provide such educational services to their communities as: answering gardening questions from the public; conducting plant clinics; gardening activities with children, senior citizens, or disabled persons; and developing community or demonstration gardens.

More information about state-level Master Gardener Volunteer programs and activities is available at

Since 2013, the OSU Extension Master Gardener Volunteers of Jefferson and Harrison counties have been providing the local community with science-based education in the horticultural sciences. Volunteers begin their first year with 50 hours of horticultural training provided by OSU Extension. After the coursework is completed, program participants are required to give 50 hours of volunteer service. If you are interested in becoming a MGV, send an email to Erika Lyon with your name and contact information, and an application will be sent to you.