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Volunteer for Extension

Put your passion to work.
Create a stronger Minnesota.
Learn about the latest research and share it with others.
Bring new skills to your job, home and community.

Master Gardener

Deliver horticulture education in schools, community gardens, youth programs, senior centers and other community locations.

"I helped create a community garden so senior citizens could grow food on what used to be vacant land."

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4-H youth development

Support kids in developing essential skills for success, like problem solving, decision making and communicating. Volunteers work in 4-H clubs, after-school programs, community settings and camping programs.

"The curriculum and training 4-H provided gave me the framework and tools to successfully guide youth in their projects."

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Master Naturalist

Be a steward of our environment and teach these skills to others. Participate in projects like habitat restoration and research related to Minnesota's natural resources.

This program is a joint effort of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and Extension.

"I started with helping to rejuvenate a butterfly garden. Then it just sort of opened up a whole new world."

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Cooking Matters® Minnesota

Volunteers include local chefs, classroom assistants, shoppers and translators who help teach families how to create healthy, delicious meals on a limited budget.

Participants increase their confidence, learn how to navigate the grocery store, make healthy choices and cook them in a way their family with want to eat.

"Learning how to cook and shop is critical to health, well-being and family life. If I can help people master some basics, it will help improve lives."

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Other opportunities

Contact Extension in your county for information about other opportunities to volunteer for Extension in your local area.

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