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Extension's 35,000 volunteers give their time and expertise to serve their communities and help create a stronger Minnesota. Whether you're passionate about youth, conservation, healthy eating or healthy gardens, you can find an opportunity to join Extension in making a difference in Minnesota. Read on to learn more about volunteer opportunities.
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Help youth build the skills for life and leadership
Cooking Matters Minnesota
Teach those in need how to cook healthy and affordable meals
Cooking Matters is a cooking-based, nutrition education program that empowers people to make the best use of their food resources.
Cooking Matters volunteer opportunities include serving as a culinary instructor, a class manager, a class shopper and a class assistant.
Share University horticulture expertise with your community
Master Gardener volunteers promote healthy landscapes, healthy people and a healthy planet.
Master Gardeners will answer your yard and garden questions by email, in person or over the phone.
Find out how to apply to be a Master Gardener and register for the core course.
Master Gardener volunteers are active in communities throughout Minnesota. Learn about the impacts we're making across the state.
Learn about natural resources in Minnesota and educate your community
The Minnesota Master Naturalist program promotes awareness, understanding and stewardship of Minnesota’s natural environment.
Any adult who is curious and enjoys learning about the natural world can become a Master Naturalist.
Master Naturalist volunteers, students and instructors have reached people in almost every county in Minnesota. Learn about the impacts we're making across the state.
Help increase natural resource volunteering in citizen science, interpretation and stewardship throughout Minnesota.
Natural resources volunteers
Protect Minnesota’s ecosystems through a variety of opportunities
Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Detectors learn skills to recognize and report early infestations, and Trackers monitor and report AIS populations and water chemistry changes.
Master Woodland Volunteers are private landowners that are champions of Minnesota's woodlands. Volunteers are committed to stewardship, outreach, and continuing their education as landowners.
Assessing Vegetation Impacts from Deer (AVID) volunteers collect data to monitor the impacts of deer on vegetation in Minnesota woodlands.
Forest Pest First Detector volunteers detect and diagnose early infestations of invasive plants, insects and other pests.
Bee Atlas is a citizen science volunteer program working to create a state-wide list of native bees found in Minnesota.
Wasp Watchers is a citizen science project that monitors a native, stingless wasp in order to detect its prey: the invasive emerald ash borer.
Join Extension’s Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships in promoting sustainability in your community
Learn more about opportunities to work with fellow community members and University faculty and staff who are passionate about sustainability in your region.
Serve as an ambassador for RSDP in your community and help us identify local sustainability needs and ideas.