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

University Horticulture, Landscape, and Environmental Systems website

Extension Educator is providing a Spanish gardening blog at He is also happy to answer any questions in Spanish. Send  questions to to receive an answer in Spanish.

First Blog link 

The Advanced Master Gardener Training for the Panhandle region of Nebraska is scheduled to start on February 24, 2024, and run through March 25, 2024. Classes will be held every Monday from 10 am to 3 pm in the Panhandle Research, Extension and Education Center (4502 Ave I, Scottsbluff). Lunch will be an hour and not provided by the program.

If you only wish to attend classes, the fee is $20. You are offered access to all the classes, but none of the other events throughout the year.
Registration for returning Master Gardener Volunteers is $20. This provides access to the classes and the state-wide online zooms being offered (details attached), along with covering the state registration fee.
Registration for new Master Gardener Interns is $225. Scholarships are available. This provides registrants a shirt, name tag, access to the Nebraska Extension Master Gardener Top Hat and resources, and pays the registration fee with the state.
All courses will be recorded and will be available through the Nebraska Master Gardener Volunteer Reporting System after the fact if you are unable to attend one of the sessions.
The Master Gardener handbook has been digitized into Top Hat. New Interns will be provided access to the site as part of their registration, others may purchase access to the site for $35 through the website. (Information will be provided after registration.) 
Register by calling the Scotts Bluff County Extension Office at 308-632-1480. The deadline for registration for in-person classes is February 23, 2024. Payment can be made in either cash or check (made out to “University of Nebraska – Lincoln”). 
Looking forward to seeing you this year! 
2024 Panhandle Master Gardener Training
February 26 Orientation, Care and Keeping of Houseplants
March 4 Planting for Pollinators, Beyond the Honeybee
Narch 11 Loving the Landscape, Plant Shopping
March 18 Eat Your Greens (Herbs and Veggies) & Tree ID with a Dichotomous Key
March 25 Helping Plants Fight Back, "Snip, Snip"-Pruning Techniques

The 2024 Master Gardener Zoom trainings will be held at 5:30 p.m. Fees are $25 for classes only, $20 for veteran Master Gardeners, $225 for New Master Gardener Trainees.

Registration deadline is January 29, 2024. Class only and returning Master Gardeners call 308-532-2683. New Master Gardener Trainees complete the online application

2024 Nebraska Zoom Master Gardener Training
February 6 Beyond the Basics of Mulch-Kelly Feehan
February 13 Pruning Hydrangeas and Species that Work
February 20 Home Hydroponics
February 27 Fire Smart Landscaping
March 5 Plant Propagation
March 12 Grow Your Own Mushrooms