Master Gardener Junior Gardener Program

The purpose of the Junior Gardener program is to engage young learners in grades K-4 with environmental science and horticultural programs designed to complement Delaware State Science Education standards. This in-the-schools program reaches about 3,000 students each year through the efforts of the Master Gardeners, a group of experienced gardeners with additional training in home horticulture with an environmental sensitivity, as well as training in developing and using teaching materials and techniques specifically targeted toward young learners.

University of Delaware Master Gardeners (MGs) is pleased to announce their spring schedule. MGs will come to your school to engage young learners with environmental science and horticulture programs designed to complement Delaware State Science Education standards.

*Junior Gardener programs are FREE!

*Each program is only available during the time indicated under its description.

*Please complete the program request form and a MG instructor will contact you to schedule your program and discuss equipment needs.

*Each program is approximately 45-50 minutes in length. It is necessary for teachers to be in the classroom to monitor the conduct of their students during the presentation.  If a teacher is not present, the class will not be conducted.  The demand for this program is so great it books quickly.

Contact us right away to schedule a program for your class!

Give It to the Worms: Composting                          Gr. 1-6; indoors or outdoors; April—June Students will learn to recycle organic material, define compost/composting, and build a compost pile.  This program includes exploring and understanding the cycle of life.  Enjoy worms in a worm box and handle worms to bring the study of soil to life.  There will be an emphasis on environmental concerns.  This program demonstrates that composting makes science fun!

The Living Tree House                                                   Gr. K-1; indoors; April—June

Students will learn about the importance of trees for a healthy environment and for providing the food that we eat. The environmental aspects of this program include the use of wood products and the trees effect on forest animals.  The parts of a tree are reviewed and the class plays a mini-forest game.  The program concludes with drawing a tree with animals, illustrating what they have learned.

The Buzz on Bees                                                             Gr. 1-2; indoors; March—May Students will learn about the life cycle of honeybees, the pollination process, the many jobs bees perform in a beehive, and the importance of bees to the environment.  The amazing array of beekeeping tools, clothing and equipment will also be demonstrated.  The importance of honeybees and other pollinating insects in our environment will be stressed. Since it is known that pollinating insects are at risk, conservation methods as simple as planting sunflowers and allowing some dandelions in a lawn will be suggested.

Insect Detectives                                                             Gr. 1-3; outdoors; March—May Students will explore the school grounds in search of insects, spiders, and other tiny creatures.   Children will catch, identify, and record their finds using nets, specimen jars, and log sheets.

 Life Cycles of Butterflies                                              Gr. 2-3; indoors; March—May Students will learn about the life stages of butterflies—and how structure and function differ with each stage.  This program will compare and contrast monarchs with black swallowtails, spicebush swallowtails, and painted lady butterflies.