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Course Options

Master Gardener Core Course

This option gives you sessions of cutting edge training in soils, weeds, flower and food gardening, pests, pesticides, trees and shrubs, and much more. In return for the education, we ask that you provide the state of ND with 48 hours of volunteer service total in your first two years with us. This is your internship. Following the internship, you become a Certified Master Gardener and maintain minimums of volunteer and education hours to maintain an active status. The course is offered at a reduced fee in return for your volunteerism.


Master Gardner total course fee: $260 ($225 course fee, $35 mandatory background screening)


Pro-Horticulture Course

This option gives you the same learning experience, but does not require volunteerism. This course option WILL NOT lead to Master Gardener certification or the ability to participate in our conferences or group trips. The course fee for this option is higher since no community service is required.


Professional Horticulture Training cost: $450



NDSU Campus (Core Course participants only) - Join Esther, NDSU faculty, and other Master Gardeners live on campus

Online (Core Course or Pro-Hort participants) - The course lectures, handouts, and quizzes are available 100% online so you can work at your own pace during the course. High speed internet is required for this option.