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The Junior Master Gardener program engages children in novel, “hands-on” group and individual learning experiences that promote a love of gardening, develop an appreciation for the environment, and cultivate the mind. JMG encourages youths to be of service to others through service learning and leadership development projects and rewards them with certification.

JMG Level One

for grades 3 – 5 click on book to order or jump to JMG Market

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Junior Master Gardener
Teacher/Leader guide 
(416 pp.)

 

Ever suck a bug or make mud pies to evaluate soil texture? The JMG teacher/leader guide provides teachers with the tools to teach the world of gardening with eight chapters of novel, “hands-on” activities for grades 3 – 5. The program includes a study of life skills and career exploration then culminates the JMG experience with service learning projects and recognizes children’s efforts with a certification as a Junior Master Gardener.

Junior Master Gardener Handbook
(children’s book 192 pp.)

 

The JMG Handbook complements the Level One Teacher/Leader Guide with eight chapters of independent, discovery learning activities for elementary-aged youths.

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A series of stand alone units of the JMG Level One curricula that focus on a specific theme.

Health and Nutrition from the Garden
(teacher/leader guide 230 pp.)

In this first unit of the Golden Ray Series, children are motivated to eat the fruits of their labor in their study of Health and Nutrition from the Garden. This imaginative curriculum teaches children that growing and eating nutritious fruits and vegetables reaps its own rewards.

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Literature in the Garden
(teacher/leader guide 224 pp.)

 

Cultivate a connection to children’s literature gardening with this award-winning curriculum. You’ll be engaging children through powerful garden and ecology-themed children’s books to inspire learning through outdoor activities, creative expression and open exploration. Dozens of hands-on math, science and laguage-based activities encourage leadership development, individual responsibility, community involvement, and the development of critical thinking skills.

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Wildlife Gardener
(teacher/leader guide 230pp.)
 

 

The combined resources of the National Wildlife Federation and the Junior Master Gardener Program along with the valuable input from pilot teachers and students across the country have helped to shape Wildlife Gardener into an integrated, engaging, and one-of-a-kind experience for kids.

JMG Level Two

for grades 6 – 8

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Operation Thistle

Plant Growth & Development
(teacher/leader guide 221 pp.)

 

JMG Level Two combines Teacher/Leader Guide and reproducible pages of independent student “handbook” activities into a single book. This premier program encourages youths to take part in group learning experiences and service projects in their community.

In the first module of the JMG Level Two curricula, middle school and junior-high youths in an investigate of Plant Growth & Development while engaging them in an urgent mission to defeat the evil Dr. Thistle. Students will work as a group to complete lessons in each of the 8 learning concepts then work independently to complete activities found within the mission briefs & mission option pages. By completing these missions, students help foil the twisted plans of Thistle and his menacing gang while reinforcing concepts learned in the group setting.

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Operation W.A.T.E.R.
Water and the Earth’s Resources
Soils and Water
(teacher/leader guide 204 pp.)

 

The second module of the Junior Master Gardener Level 2 curricula is here! This module of this JMG Level Two (grades 6-8) allows students to participate in novel, hands-on activities focusing on Soil and Water concepts.

Using Operation W.A.T.E.R.: Dr. Thistle Goes Underground, students in grades six through eight can investigate a new mystery while they learn important concepts about soil and water. Topics include: soil texture, aquifers, watersheds, wetlands, soil nutrients, the water cycle, soil improvement, soil structure, and water & soil conservation.