Serving Livingston, McLean and Woodford Counties

New Volunteers:

WELCOME! The Master Gardener program is pleased that you are interested in learning more about becoming a volunteer. We appreciate your interest and look forward to your involvement. Background screenings are a necessary step in providing protection for program participants and other volunteers.

Please complete all of the forms below and return them to our office as soon as possible. University of Illinois Extension requires all volunteers to complete a volunteer application and agree to the following:

  • A conviction information name check through the Illinois State Police, as well as a check of their registered sex offender’s website
  • A child abuse and neglect tracking system check through the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS).
  • Completion of The Abuse and Neglect Child Reporting Act (ANCRA) training.

After the application has been cleared through the Illinois State Police, DCFS and an interview has been conducted, you will be notified as a qualified candidate for the Master Gardener Training class.

Interested in becoming a Master Gardener? Contact our office at or 309-663-8306.


Volunteers must be rescreened every five years. The ANR Program Coordinator will contact you directly for information needed at that time.