Master Gardener Scottsbluff County NE

The Nebraska Master Gardener Program

The Nebraska Master Gardener program is a horticulture related volunteer training program based in many counties throughout the state. It has been part of Nebraska Extension since 1976. Master Gardener volunteers are trained by University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension faculty and staff. They contribute time as volunteers working through their local Extension office to provide horticulture-related information to their community. More specifically, they provide education about sustainable horticultural practices. Participants are required to complete 40 hours of training and 40 hours of volunteer service during the initial year of their involvement in the program. Master Gardener volunteers retain their certification through annual training and volunteering.
Nebraska Master Gardener web page

There will be four in-person Master Gardener trainings at the Panhandle Research & Extension Center in 2022.  The cost of all four classes is $20.00 for Extension Master Gardeners or $180.00 for individuals who are attending and interested in ordering swag which includes a T-Shirt, name badge, and the Nebraska Extension Master Gardener manual. Contact the Extension Office to register at 308-632-1480.

2022 Master Gardener In-Person Training





Monday, January 31

Tammie Ostdiek

Leann Sato

Gary Stone

Food Preparation & Food Safety

Landscape Stormwater Management

Nebraska Noxious Weeds




Monday, January 7

Crissy Land

Laurie Zitterkopf

Todd Filipi

EAB Update & Other Invasive Insects, Diseases & Drought - Watering Trees

Bloom Box, My Garden

NP NRD Buffalograss & Tree Programs




Monday, February 14

David Lott

Native Grasses & Plants for the Landscape

Pollinator Gardens



Monday, February 21

Terri James

Container Gardening in Regular Containers in Non-Typical Containers (Straw/Hay Bales)

Landscape Design & What Not to Plant Close Together - Landscape & Garden Plants



Nebraska Extension Master Gardener Zooom classes will start Tuesday, January 7, 2023. Classes will be taught in person at PREEC, or online from your home computers.
Gardening enthusiasts can participate by attending individual classes without extra commitment to the program for a nominal fee for the entire series. Participants can enjoy attending the classes of their choice to increase their personal horticultural knowledge.

For new Master Gardener trainees, all applicants must apply online at

The fee schedule for 2023 is:

  • *Watch MG Classes only - $25 each for anyone who wants to watch the classes in 2023 with no membership or obligation to the Master Gardener program.
  • *New Master Gardener trainees - $180 (one time fee) that includes the manuals, t-shirt, name badge, fees, and background check.
  • *Veteran Master Gardener fee - $20 that includes all the classes for the year for Master Gardeners on their second year and beyond.
  • *If a Master Gardener is a member of another MG group and has paid fees there (Scottsbluff, Grand Island, Columbus, Beatrice, Fremont, etc.), there is no charge for these classes.
Class topics include:
• Bringing Back Pollinator Insect Habitats to Landscapes
• Strawberries and Other Fruits
• Invasive Plants and Insects in Nebraska
• Evergreen Problems
• Seed Saving
• Sedge Plants in Container Planting and Gardens
Here is a list of the 2023 class program dates. Classes will start at 5:30 p.m., Mountain Standard Time and recordings will be sent to all participants to view after each class is taught. 
• February 7, 14, 21, 28
• March 7, 14