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Extension Master Gardener℠ Volunteers of Onslow

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Who We Are

The Extension Master Gardener℠ volunteers of Onslow County are community members who have a passion for gardening and helping others. They receive extensive training through the Cooperative Extension Service. In exchange, they volunteer their knowledge and expertise to the gardening public.

What We Do

Our Extension Master Gardener℠ volunteers provide research-based information related to gardening to the residents of Onslow County. They also engage youth and seniors in gardening activities, staff the Plant Clinic, and provide outreach at events throughout the county. They also maintain the Discovery Gardens, which is Onslow County’s premier public demonstration garden.

Become an Extension Master Gardener℠ Volunteer in Onslow County

REGISTRATION IS OPEN FOR OUR 2024 TRAINING. We are accepting applications.

Please subscribe to our In The Garden newsletter, ‘Like’ our Facebook page, and follow our Instagram to be one of the first to know about new Extension Master Gardener℠ Volunteer trainings.


Accepted applicants will attend an Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Training Course. This course is taught by Extension Service staff, local experts and seasoned Extension Master Gardener Volunteers. The program offers a minimum of 40 hours of instruction and a comprehensive Master Gardener Manual.

(which includes training fees and text book)

Exact cash or check only. Make checks payable to Onslow County CES
Class fee is non-refundable


  • Soils
  • Plant Nutrition & Composting
  • Botany
  • Insects, Weeds, & IPM
  • Diseases & Disorders
  • Diagnostics
  • Lawns
  • Herbaceous Ornamentals
  • Native Plants, Youth, & Landscape Design
  • Propagation
  • Small Fruits
  • Tree Fruits & Nuts


Once you complete the training program and pass a final exam, you will begin a volunteer internship. Extension Master Gardeners Volunteers must volunteer 40 hours the first year and 20 hours each year after. You will learn more about plants and be a resource for your community. The opportunities for volunteer service are limitless. Many of our volunteers participate in plant clinics and educational exhibits, provide demonstrations at our Discovery Garden on various gardening topics and provide insight to the joys of gardening to seniors and young children. Extension Master Gardener℠ Volunteers are representatives of the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service. Extension Master Gardeners℠ will follow the research-based recommendations of the Cooperative Extension Service.



If you’re interested in becoming an Extension Master Gardener℠ Volunteer in Onslow County fill out the application and let us know!

Extension Master Gardener℠ Volunteer Application

Click here for the EMG Volunteer Application or come by our office and pick up a hard copy of the application.

Please note: We are accepting applications for the 2024 Training class.

Classes will run Aug 20 – Oct 10

Every Tuesday and Thursday 9-12

Send your completed application to:
Emilee Morrison
234 NW Corridor Blvd Suite 108
Jacksonville, NC 28540

Give Emilee Morrison a call MON-FRI, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. at (910) 455-5873 or email her directly at