Youth Education

Master Gardener Volunteers with middle school students in Dane County, WI

Master Gardener Volunteers with middle school students in Dane County, WI

MGVs throughout the state work with local K-12 schools on gardening projects to enhance curriculum; guide area 4-H groups, FFA or other youth in preparing and displaying horticulture projects; and participate in many other youth gardening projects and programs.  Youth education provides horticulture training and information to teachers, students and the community.  When working with youth, it is important to be aware of the two basic parts of 4-H youth development, which are teaching new knowledge, as well as fostering learning to use the knowledge through experiences.  We encourage MGVs to contact staff in the 4-H youth development office sor suggestions, encouragement, and support when developing programs for young people.

It is required that all MGVs complete the Mandated Reporter Online Training before participating in their volunteer projects.

Objectives:

  • Understand the benefits of garden-based education for youth
  • Learn ideas for planning, designing, and coordinating educational activities in a youth garden
  • Increase the involvement of Master Gardener Volunteers supporting youth garden programs in the community

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Master Gardeners planting with elementary school students.

Master Gardener Volunteers plant with elementary school students.

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Master Gardener Volunteers work with students at a Hayward, WI, elementary school.

Master Gardener Volunteers work with students at a Hayward, WI, elementary school.