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.
- 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
- Supporting School Gardens with Master Gardener Volunteers
- Cultivating Childhood Wellness through Gardening Webinar
- Wisconsin School Garden Initiative
- Junior Master Gardener Volunteers
- Cornell Garden-Based Learning
- Life Lab
- Edible Schoolyard
- USDA Team Nutrition Garden Curricula
- People+Plants: Youth Gardens
- Got Dirt?
- Got Veggies?
- Farm to School Network
- Kids Gardening: Helping Young Minds Grow