Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service offices in Williamson, Lubbock and Gregg counties will host a 2021 Junior Master Gardener Hybrid Multi-County Teacher Training Workshop on July 22 in their respective counties.
Space for these trainings is limited, so participants are encouraged to register for the training in their area as soon as possible. Register for the workshops at https://jmgkids.us/teacherworkshop/.
The training, designed for elementary school teachers wanting to teach more plant science, environmental science and/or implement a school garden project, will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Locations, costs and registration deadlines for the trainings are:
— Williamson County, AgriLife Extension office, 100 Wilco Way, Room 205, Georgetown. The cost is $75 and includes lunch and door prizes. The registration deadline is July 15.
— Lubbock County, Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center, 1102 E. Farm-to-Market Road 1294, Lubbock. The cost is $85 and includes lunch and door prizes. The registration deadline is July 15.
— Gregg County, AgriLife Extension office, 405 E. Marshall Ave., Suite 101. Longview. The cost is $75, and lunch is included. Bring or mail checks to the office before July 13.
For more information on the training in Williamson County, contact Kate Whitney at 512-943-3300. For more information on the training in Lubbock County, call Christina Reid at 806-775-1740 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information on the training in Gregg County, call Arvitta Scott at 903-236-8429 or email email@example.com.
About the training
This training is designed to teach adult educators and others interested in instructing youth about the basics and benefits of gardening, said Whitney, AgriLife Extension horticulturist for Williamson County.
“The hybrid format will include presentations from leaders at the National Junior Master Gardener program office as well as a number of hands-on activities,” she said.
Participants learn how to establish and maintain a youth garden and create their own Junior Master Gardener program. Instructional topics include composting, fruit and vegetable gardening, garden insects, pollinators, resource conservation and designing a classroom garden.
“Many teachers who take this training and implement a school garden project say it has the added benefit of the kids who participate sharing their experiences and knowledge with friends and family members, making the educational effect even greater,” Whitney said.
Training supplies are provided, and the workshop offers four Texas Education Agency continuing professional education hours.
Participants will also receive the TEKS-based Junior Master Gardener Teacher/Leader Guide. It is eight chapters of novel, hands-on and proven lessons provide elementary teachers with the tools to teach the world of gardening. As students complete lesson areas, they can earn different recognition certifications, including designation as certified Junior Master Gardeners.