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4-H volunteers

Help youth build the skills for life and leadership

Volunteer with 4-H

If you want to help young people, we need you! You can volunteer in a 4-H club, at one of our events, or other ways.

4-H volunteer stories

Volunteers come from many backgrounds. And they give to the program in many different ways!

Cooking Matters Minnesota

Teach those in need how to cook healthy and affordable meals

About Cooking Matters

Cooking Matters Minnesota empowers families at risk of hunger with the skills, knowledge and confidence to make healthy, delicious and affordable meals.

Volunteer positions

Cooking Matters volunteer opportunities include serving as a culinary instructor, a class manager, a class shopper and a class assistant.

Master Gardener

Share University horticulture expertise with your community

About Master Gardeners

Master Gardener volunteers promote healthy landscapes, healthy people and a healthy planet.

Ask a Master Gardener

Master Gardeners will answer your yard and garden questions by email, in person or over the phone.

Become a Master Gardener

Find out how to apply to be a Master Gardener and register for the core course.

Master Gardener outreach and impacts

Master Gardener volunteers are active in communities throughout Minnesota. Learn about the impacts we're making across the state.

Master Gardener volunteers in action

Extension Master Gardener volunteers share their experiences and give an overview of the program in a series of videos.

Master Naturalist

Learn about natural resources in Minnesota and educate your community

About the program

The Minnesota Master Naturalist program promotes awareness, understanding and stewardship of Minnesota’s natural environment.

Become a Master Naturalist volunteer

Any adult who is curious and enjoys learning about the natural world can become a Minnesota Master Naturalist.

Master Naturalist outreach and impacts

Master Naturalist volunteers, students and instructors reach people in almost every county in Minnesota. Learn about the impacts we're making across the state.

Become a Master Naturalist instructor

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 Detectors and Trackers

AIS Detectors and Trackers are statewide volunteer invasive species surveillance programs that target high-risk areas with trained observers.

Assessing Vegetation Impacts from Deer

Assessing Vegetation Impacts from Deer (AVID) volunteers collect data to monitor the impacts of deer on vegetation in Minnesota woodlands.

Forest Pest First Detector

Forest Pest First Detector volunteers detect and diagnose early infestations of invasive plants, insects and other pests.

Minnesota Woodland Steward program

Participating in the Minnesota Woodland Steward program will help you create a plan to keep your woods healthy for future generations.

Minnesota Bee Atlas

The Minnesota Bee Atlas is a citizen science volunteer program working to create a state-wide list of native bees found in Minnesota.


Join Extension’s Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships in promoting sustainability in your community

Become a board member

Learn more about opportunities to work with fellow community members and University faculty and staff who are passionate about sustainability in your region.

Become a work group member

Serve as an ambassador for RSDP in your community and help us identify local sustainability needs and ideas.

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