Junior Master Gardener Program:
New in the 2017 - 2018 school year, The Garden Project is collaborating with CSU Extension's 4-H program to bring seven garden lessons tied to science, comprehensive health, math, and social studies to second graders. Each interactive lesson is matched to age appropriate Performance Indicators and Colorado State Standards. AmeriCorps School Garden Educators and Colorado Master Gardeners are trained to lead garden lessons in school gardens throughout the school year with second grade classes who attend schools with large school garden infrastructure.
The Junior Master Gardener 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. - Junior Master Gardener website
In the 2017-18 school year we had 7 lessons planned with each of our six 2nd grade classes. Each lesson is an hour and dates are set at the beginning of the school year.
We provide Junior Master Gardeners lessons at schools with garden infrastructure available. For the 2017-2018 school year that was Needham, Animas Valley, and Fort Lewis Mesa Elementary Schools.
Second grade. Between the 3 schools, there are 6 classrooms in the district that we provide these lessons for.
La Plata County 4-H, CSU Extension
The 2017-18 themes of the lessons were chosen out of the JMG Handbook as part of the national program.