The Junior Master Gardener (JMG) program is an international youth gardening program of the university cooperative Extension network. JMG engages children in novel, “hands-on” group and individual learning experiences that provide a love of gardening, develop an appreciation for the environment, and cultivate the mind.
JMG also inspires youths to be of service to others through service learning and leadership development projects, and rewards them with certification and recognition.
Children can get involved in exploring their world through meaningful activities that encourage leadership development, personal pride and responsibility, and community involvement. Youth involved in the program develop critical thinking skills, and the ability to identify community concerns and take action to address them through individual group projects.
WHO leads JMG groups?
Most Junior Master Gardener groups take place in schools around the country and are taught by teachers as a part of their classroom instruction. There are also many Junior Master Gardener groups that learn in informal settings like after school programs, 4-H, scouts and summer camps.
HOW can I start using JMG with my kids?
If you are a teacher/leader interested in using garden-related content with your students, JMG has a host of curriculum options for you here. Once you get your curriculum, you can register your class/group for free here.
For more info on getting started, go to: http://jmgkids.us/what-is-jmg/get-started/