Cultivating Green Thumbs and Young Minds

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school kids planting a gardenAre you passionate about gardening and eager hang with other kids with similar interests? Look no further than the Junior Master Gardener (JMG) program – a blooming community where young minds cultivate not just plants, but a lifelong love for nature!

What is the Junior Master Gardener Program?

The Junior Master Gardener program is an exciting initiative that engages children in hands-on gardening activities, fostering a deeper understanding of horticulture, environmental science, and teamwork. It’s not just about growing plants; it’s about growing responsible, curious, and environmentally conscious individuals.

The McDowell Junior Master Gardeners meets monthly on the third Thursday of the month at 5:30 p.m. During warmer months, the group meets outside. During the colder months, the group meets indoors at 295 Carson Street, Marion. The Junior Master Gardeners is led by certified Master Gardener volunteer, Dorothy Wyatt, with help from Ashley Carson.

JMG Praying Mantis mascotWhy join the Junior Master Gardener program?

  1. Hands-on Learning:  The program emphasizes experiential learning. Kids don’t just read about gardening; they get their hands dirty and actively participate in planting, nurturing, and harvesting.
  2. Environmental Awareness:  Through gardening projects, kids learn about the importance of sustainable practices and the impact they can have on the planet.
  3. Team Building:  Gardening is a collaborative effort. JMG provides a platform for kids to work together, share ideas, and develop essential teamwork skills.
  4. Life Skills:  Beyond gardening, we focus on life skills such as patience, perseverance, and problem-solving. These skills are nurtured in the garden and will serve kids well in all aspects of their lives.

How to join

  1. Attend a meeting:  Interested families are welcome to attend one of the meetings to get a firsthand experience of the Junior Master Gardener program. Check the McDowell Center website for meeting schedule on the events calendar. You can also call the office at 828-652-8104.
  2. Spread the word:  If you know someone who might be interested, spread the word! Share the program details on social media, in your community, and with fellow gardening enthusiasts and their families.

Let’s Grow Together!

The Junior Master Gardener program is not just about gardening; it’s about sowing the seeds of curiosity, growth, and environmental stewardship. Join us in nurturing the green thumbs of the future! Together, let’s cultivate a passion for nature and a love for all things green.

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