SAN ANTONIO – The Youth Gardens Program of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service for Bexar County is now accepting applications for its 12th summer Junior Master Gardener Adult Leader Training from July 25-27 in San Antonio.
The training is designed for educators and volunteers and will be presented jointly by AgriLife Extension and the Bexar County Master Gardeners. It will be held at the AgriLife Extension office, 3355 Cherry Ridge Drive, Suite 212. Times will be from noon–5 p.m. July 25; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. July 26; and 9 a.m.-noon July 27.
“This training is for educators and others interested in instructing youths 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 youths 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 schools or communities.
“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.”
Zavala said the registration fee of $100 is very reasonable thanks to support from the San Antonio Livestock Expo and Rodeo.
“The registration cost pays for one JMG curriculum of your choice, refreshments and fees for a field trip on Friday,” she said.
Zavala said participants may choose from one of the curricula for their training, and if they would like to receive training in more than one curriculum, there will be an addition $40 cost per added curriculum.
Curriculum training offered for instruction of third- through fifth-grade students and aligned to Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills standards are:
— Level 1 Junior Master Gardener Teacher Leader Guide.
— Learn, Grow, Eat and Go!
— Wildlife in the Garden.
— Literature in the Garden.
Curriculum training offered for instruction of sixth- through eighth-grade students aligned to Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills standards are:
— Level 2 Operation Thistle: Seeds of Despair Plant Growth and Development.
— Level 2 Operation W.A.T.E.R. — Dr. Thistle Goes Underground (Soils and Water).
“Along with gardening and horticulture, the training provides adults with a variety of fun and interesting ways to get kids to learn about science and develop life skills,” Zavala said.
The registration fee along with any additional curriculum training purchases must be included with an application. For an application, go to https://bexar-tx.tamu.edu.
Make checks payable to: HORT-ACCT 218310-60016. Mail the completed application with payment by July 20 to Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, Attn: Ruby Zavala, 3355 Cherry Ridge Drive, Suite 212, San Antonio, Texas 78230-4818.
For more information, contact Zavala at 210-631-0400 or Ruby.Zavala@ag.tamu.edu.