Junior Master Gardener Adult Leader Training to be July 26-28 in San Antonio

Paul Schattenberg, 210-859-5752, paschattenberg@ag.tamu.edu

Contact: Ruby Zavala, 210-631-0400, Ruby.Zavala@ag.tamu.edu

SAN ANTONIO – The Youth Gardens Program of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service for Bexar County is now accepting applications for its summer Junior Master Gardener Adult Leader Training Class 11 through July 14.

The training is designed for educators and volunteers and will be presented jointly by AgriLife Extension and Bexar County Master Gardeners. It will be held from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. July 26-28 at the AgriLife Extension office, 3355 Cherry Ridge Drive, Suite 212, San Antonio.

A Junior Master Gardener Adult Leader Training will be held July 26-28 at the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service office in Bexar County. (Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service photo)

“This training is designed to teach adult educators and others interested in instructing youth about the basics and benefits of gardening,” said Ruby Zavala, AgriLife Extension youth gardens program coordinator, Bexar County. “Educators will learn about hands-on group and individual learning experiences that will provide youth with an appreciation for the environment and help cultivate their minds.”

Zavala said the training is intended to give participants the resources and confidence they need to implement and sustain a successful youth gardening program in their school or community.

“Participants will learn how to establish and maintain a youth garden and create a Junior Master Gardener program,” she said. “They will also be trained in the JMG curriculum and can obtain continuing professional education hours for the training.”

Training will cover Junior Master Gardener levels 1 and 2 curriculum, the Learn Grow Eat and Go! program, Wildlife in the Garden and Literature in the Garden programming.

“Along with gardening and horticulture, the program provides a variety of fun and interesting ways for kids to learn about science and develop life skills,” Zavala said.

The training class fee is $100 and non-refundable. Payment must be included with the application at http://agrilife.org/bexarcounty/files/2014/08/Flyer-and-Application.pdf.

This registration fee of $100 is kept at this low price with the generous grant provided by San Antonio Livestock Exposition,” Zavala noted.

For more information, contact Zavala at 210-631-0400 or Ruby.Zavala@ag.tamu.edu.

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