Junior Master Gardener Program
Welcome to the Junior Master Gardener (JMG) program. The JMG curriculum provides a hands-on approach to learning horticulture, environmental science, leadership, and life skills. This program is committed to helping young people become gardeners and contributing citizens.
Certification is the highest level of program participation and includes certification in all eight chapters. To be certified, youth must complete one group and one individual activity in each learning concept. Level One contains 44 learning concepts. Youth must also complete one leadership/service-learning project per chapter. When youth complete these activities, the JMG teacher/leader sends in the completion form that lists the names of the children who have met the program requirements. This form is found in the appendix of the teacher/leader guide. When the JMG office receives the completion form, a completion certificate for each JMG youth will be sent to the JMG teacher/leader. JMG certification medals are a great recognition item for youth and can be ordered through the JMG Shop.
Or . . . Earn a Golden Ray Recognition
Golden Ray recognition is offered to youth that complete a small part of the JMG program. Groups can choose to focus on a chapter or a specific topic. There are two ways to achieve this recognition:
- Option One: One of the eight chapters in the JMG handbook can be completed as a Golden Ray Series
- Option Two: Complete one of the Golden Ray Series curriculum. Now available is the first of the series, “Health and Nutrition from the Garden.” Golden Ray Recognition medals are available for youth who achieve certification and can be ordered from the JMG Shop.
Or . . . Nominate your Club for JMG Club of the Month
The Junior Master Gardener National Group of the Month is selected for outstanding efforts in their school and communities. The National JMG Group of the Month is featured on the front page of the JMG website and featured in the JMG National Newsletter.
If your JMG Club has done some great things nominate them for the JMG CLub of the Month by going to http://www.jmgkids.us/index.k2?did=2480§ionID=2018
How Do I Register?
To become a registered JMG group:
- Have a minimum of five youth in a group
- Have one or more adult leaders or teachers for the group
- Have a suitable meeting facility (i.e.: classroom, garden area, etc.)
- Fill out the enrollment packet that is in the teacher/leader guide appendix (pg. 217) or download it from the web page http://www.jmgkids.us/index.k2?did=2035§ionID=2017
- JMG Registration Agreement Form
- JMG Group Enrollment Form
- JMG Leader/Teacher FormSend completed enrollment packet to the JMG office
- When your enrollment packet is received your group will receive a certificate showing that the group is a registered program. The enrollment packet does not obligate all youth to become registered Junior Master Gardeners. It simply recognizes that youth at a particular site are participating in the JMG program.
The Junior Master Gardener Trunk contains supplies to complete 13 lessons from the Junior Master Gardener Level I Manual. Enclosed is the supply list for the 13 activities; the items that are marked with an asterisk (*) are the supplies that you will need to provide yourself; otherwise all other supplies should be included in the trunk. The CD included in the trunk contains awesome resources you can print out locally. * Trunks should be returned the JMG Team via your county extension office.
The Utah School and Garden Network website is a good resource for gardening with kids and schools interested in gardening. There are tips for both indoor and outdoor gardens. http://www.utahgardennetwork.org/
Youth Garden Grants
The National Gardening Association has posted the upcoming garden grants: http://www.kidsgardening.com/grants.asp
Who can I contact for more information?
Contact the Utah State University Extension JMG Team:
Dave Francis - Utah State JMG Coordinator