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Okaloosa County Master Gardener Volunteer Program

Time to Apply for 2021 Master Gardener Volunteer Training Course in Okaloosa!

The University of Florida Extension Office in Okaloosa County is taking applications for the 2021 Master Gardener Volunteer training course. We are looking for people who will provide volunteer time at the Extension Office in Crestview assisting with our planned educational activities.
The mission of the Master Gardener Volunteer program is to assist Extension Agents in providing research-based horticultural education to Florida residents.

Master Gardener Volunteer training classes will be held each Monday (9 a.m. to 1 p.m.) beginning May 3 and ending August 23, 2021. Most of the classes during this fifteen-week course will be held at the Extension Office located at 3098 Airport Road in Crestview. Instruction will include classroom training conducted by County Extension faculty and UF/IFAS Extension specialists. Training includes sessions on botany, soils, insects, plant pathology, landscape plant care, vegetable and fruit gardening, lawn management, landscape design and irrigation.

The course fee is a $150. Space is limited.

To request an application for the 2021 Master Gardener Volunteer training course, call the Extension Office at (850) 689-5850. Applications must be returned by Friday, April 14 to be considered.

To our valued residents and volunteers:

Due to the COVID-19 developments and guidelines provided by the University of Florida,

the following are implemented immediately.

  • The Crestview office is open to the public. Our lobby is set up to promote social distancing and you must follow those guidelines upon arrival. Masks must be worn inside the building. 

  • All Master Gardener Volunteer activities are operating on a restricted basis. Volunteers are permitted to work in the office so long as it has been pre-approved by the coordinator. Other activities must be pre-approved and all guidelines for social distancing etc. as set forth by the University of Florida and Extension must be observed. Volunteers will continue to respond to emails, telephone calls, and do soil testing when required.

  • The Annex located on Hollywood Blvd. is closed to the public and volunteers.

  • The Niceville location at the Senior Center is closed to the public and volunteers.

Residents may call (850.689.5850) or email us regarding their horticulture questions

in lieu of physically going to the office.

We will be responding to emails and phone calls regularly.

Our main concern is keeping our residents and our volunteers safe during this time.

We apologize for any inconvenience.

These restrictions are in place until such time as changed per instructions from the

The University of Florida, State/Local Governments, or the Federal government.