Sign Your Children Up For Junior Master Gardener Program, Watford City

If you would like your children who are approximately ages 10-12 years old to learn more about gardening, the Junior Master Gardener Program (JMG) is for them! This free course will be held in Watford City starting Wed., May 19 from 5-6:30 p.m. CT and continuing weekly on Wednesdays during the summer. Pre-registration is requested by Friday, May 14 at NDSU Extension/McKenzie County. Call 701-444-3451 to register or email [email protected]. This program is modeled after the highly successful Master Gardener Program and offers horticultural and environmental science education, and leadership and life skills development through fun and creative activities. The program is committed to helping young people become good gardeners and good citizens so that they can make a positive contribution to their community, school and family.

Participants will meet at the 4-H Building on the McKenzie County Fairgrounds and work in their beds just north of the building. They will be planting their own vegetables and flowers.

Topics of learning will include plant growth and development, soils and water, seed germination and more.

Youth gardeners can explore their world through meaningful horticultural and environmental science activities that encourage leadership development, personal pride, responsibility, and community involvement. The program incorporates service learning and volunteerism, which enables youth to make a positive contribution to their community.

Peer and cross generation mentoring occurs when JMG groups interact with community volunteers and leaders. JMG Kids can be mentors to younger youth, by teaching them about horticulture.

JMG provides an opportunity for youth to interact and bond with nature. As they go through the JMG program, they can learn how to conserve our natural resources and make knowledgeable decisions about the environment.

If you are interested in receiving more information, please call NDSU Extension/McKenzie County.


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