Children in the vegetable gardens

Volunteers work with children and adults to share garden knowledge.

Master Gardener Volunteers

The Master Gardener Program is a national program of trained volunteers who work in partnership with their county Cooperative Extension office to expand educational outreach throughout the community by providing home gardeners with research-based information. Master Gardeners assist with gardening projects in the community, teach classes and workshops, provide information and soil pH testing at events, and answer gardening questions from callers.

In Oneida County Master Gardener volunteers are an integral component of the counties' outreach program in educating:

  • Home gardeners
  • 4-H Clubs
  • Youth in after-school programs
  • Community & school gardeners
  • Gardening clubs and other groups

Projects and functions carried out by Master Gardeners are based on educational priorities. Some of the ways that Master Gardeners contribute to Oneida County include:

  • Offering over 40 classes each year on gardening topics
  • Answering more than 900 calls each year on the garden "hotline"
  • Giving tours of the Nature Trail and Parker F. Scripture Botanical Gardens
  • Writing articles about gardening
  • Setting up demonstration projects in public places
  • Community improvement projects
  • Organizing plant sales and public events
  • Increasing awareness of integrated pest management, water quality conservation and other environmental issues
  • Oneida County Master Gardener Volunteer Program Guidelines

DOWNLOAD our Master Gardener Volunteer brochure to learn more about what we do and how you can join us!


Holly Wise
Consumer Horticulture Educator, Plant Science Educator
(315) 736-3394 Ext. 125

Last updated May 17, 2019