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Application Process

The application window for the Spring 2020 Colorado Master Gardener Training is open.

Colorado Master Gardener programs operate at the county level, with primary support from the county government. Applicants should apply to their home county; those whom apply to the Weld County CMG program must complete their volunteer hours in Weld County. Colorado Gardening Certificate training is provided for educational purposes only and participants are not eligible to volunteer for the CMG program in Weld County.

If you have questions on the application process for the Colorado Master Gardener Program or Colorado Gardening Certificate Program, please contact Sunshine Gearhart, Coordinator of the Weld County Colorado Master Gardener Program.

Colorado Master Gardener Application (Volunteer Program)
Colorado Gardening Certificate Application (Non-Volunteer Program)
Sunshine Gearhart
(970) 400-2080

  • Weld County will have spring classes on Fridays from January 24, 2020 - April 10, 2020 for both the Colorado Master Gardener (CMG) and the Colorado Gardening Certificate (CGC) training.
  • Spring training will be held at The Ranch (Larimer County Fairgrounds) in Loveland, CO.
  • The application for the CMG program requires information regarding your background in gardening, previous volunteer experience, general availability for volunteer work, a background check, three references, and a signed contract committing to a minimum of 50 hours volunteer work to be completed in the first year of volunteering.
  • Colorado Master Gardener (CMG) program training cost: $170.00 (tuition)
  • Colorado Gardening Certificate (CGC) Training cost: $530.00 (tuition)

Preliminary screening will be based on the application form; primary considerations are based on:

  • interest in volunteer work, availability for volunteer work, people skills (ability to assist Extension in home horticultural educational efforts), and gardening experience
  • background check through CSU
  • reference questionnaire will be sent to the references you provide to us

Submit a completed CMG application to the Weld County Extension Office, 525 N. 15th Avenue, Greeley, CO 80631 or email to Sunshine Gearhart at by the application deadline: Applications due by Friday, November 8, 2019.