Life & Health

The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service has a variety of materials, programs and resources for promoting the lives and health of Texans. These include an array of nutrition, health and wellness materials and programs for both youth and adult audiences, including many community-driven programs.

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Publications

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These projects help Junior Master Gardeners share what they have learned with their family, friends, and community.

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The 2016 revised Junior Master Gardener Teacher & Leader Guide provides elementary teachers with the tools to teach the world of gardening with eight chapters of novel, hands-on and proven lessons.

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The National Wildlife Federation and the Junior Master Gardener program have joined forces to create an engaging learning opportunity for children.

Programs

We offer numerous free and affordable programs on agriculture and natural resources, family and community health, economic health and youth development. We also offer many volunteer opportunities. Browse the list below.
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In the Natural Resources project area, youth gain knowledge and experience in a variety of outdoor topic areas such as water conservation, outdoor living skills, forestry, fishing, and more. Young Texans involved in these projects are introduced to a vast array of educational and fun opportunities to be immersed in the world around them.

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The Texas 4-H Family & Community Health Program provides a variety of resources and opportunities to learn about nutrition, interior design, consumer education and more.

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Texas 4-H Youth Ambassador program is for high school 4-H members looking to develop and practice advanced skills in a variety of 4-H program areas.

Courses

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To grow and excel as an early childhood professional, you must reflect on your teaching practices and child observation to make changes and adjustments to your teaching approach. Intentional early childhood professionals engage in reflective practices and create a professional development plan that builds upon their strengths and enhances their teaching.

After completing this 4-hour course, the learner will be able to describe what an intentional early childhood professional is, explain what reflective practices are and how to implement this information effectively to improve their teaching, explain why being intentional and reflective promotes the development and learning in the children they are teaching, and create a professional development plan based upon their strengthens.

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Do you want to establish a school garden program? Are you curious about what to grow each season? This course will discuss everything from garden location to what veggies to grow to garden maintenance.

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Do you want to start a school garden? This online course is perfect for teachers, school administrators, and Master Gardeners wanting to start a school garden program!

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    Increased engagement in outdoor and nature play can benefit young children’s learning across all developmental domains.

    The purpose of this 2-hour course is to offer early childhood professionals strategies for supporting children’s social emotional development through outdoor play and learning activities.

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    Increased engagement in outdoor and nature play can benefit young children’s learning across all developmental domains.

    The purpose of this 2-hour course is to offer early childhood professionals strategies for supporting children’s physical development through outdoor play and learning activities.

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    Outdoor and nature play provides an opportunity to teach young children about nature conservation and environmental stewardship.

    The purpose of this 2-hour course is to highlight strategies early childhood educators can use to model and teach environmental awareness and conservation principles.

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    To facilitate positive social and emotional outcomes for children, early childhood educators need to understand and recognize the role of stress and trauma on early brain development and implement proactive and responsive measures to build children’s resilience.

    This 2-hour course aims to help early childhood professionals understand how they can play a part in cultivating positive social emotional outcomes for each child by applying trauma-informed and resiliency-supporting practices in early learning settings.

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    Children do not develop in a vacuum, so their social emotional development and mental health outcomes depend in part on the protective factors available in the settings and systems where they live, learn, and grow.

    The purpose of this 2-hour course is to highlight the roles of families and communities in supporting young children’s mental health and provide early childhood educators a variety of strategies to maximize the positive influence those systems can have on a child’s social emotional development.

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    Despite the known benefits of outdoor and nature play for young children, early childhood educators and administrators may worry about issues of safety and liability.

    The purpose of this 2-hour course is to equip early childhood professionals to view risk in outdoor and nature play as a process of balancing risks and benefits, rather than a barrier to including outdoor and nature play in your program.

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    Planning effective outdoor and nature play experiences to support young children’s learning requires an intentional approach.

    The purpose of this 2-hour course is to help early childhood educators and directors translate the intentional teaching practices they likely already use in other areas to create outdoor and nature play activity plans tailored to the individual needs of the children in each group within the program.

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    Early childhood educators can make the most of planned outdoor and nature play experiences in terms of children’s learning through the interactions they have with children as they play.

    The purpose of this 2-hour course is to offer early childhood professionals actionable strategies for facilitating learning through outdoor and nature play.

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    Outdoor and nature play can bring early childhood professionals, families, and community partners together in support of young children’s learning.

    The purpose of this 2-hour course is to share examples of successful efforts to engage families and communities around outdoor and nature play and prompt early childhood professionals to reflect on opportunities that might work well in their programs.

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    In early childhood, a child’s social emotional development and mental health are one and the same. That means the strategies early childhood educators use to cultivate positive social emotional development are, by definition, supportive of positive mental health outcomes.

    The purpose of this 2-hour course is to give early childhood professionals a review of key milestones and learning goals in the social emotional domain of development and a selection of practical strategies to help children achieve them.

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