2023 Junior Master Gardener National Leader Training Conference
Join Junior Master Gardener for their Virtual 2023 National Leader Training, February 21-22. This is a great opportunity for teachers, administrators, and program leaders to learn how to implement best practices, how to involve parents and students into programming, and how to build sustainability.
- Chris Field, founder and CEO of Mercy Project, non-profit that rescues children from human trafficking in Ghana
- Kjell N. Lindgren, M.D., NASA astronaut, Texas Master Naturalist
To learn more about the JMG National Leader Training, visit www.jmgkids.us
JGM partners with AHS on the “Growing Good Kids – Excellence in Children’s Literature” award that honors best new children’s books about gardening and nature. Winners are announced at the AHS National Children & Youth Symposium. Learn more about the Growing Good Kids Book Awards.
NCYGS Call for Submissions Deadline Extended to January 13
Deadline to submit presentation proposals for the National Children & Youth Garden Symposium has been extended to Friday, January 13.
In partnership with University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture and UT Gardens, NCYGS 2023 will be held in Knoxville, July 12 – 15. NCYGS is the longest running national event where garden educators (pre-K through 12th) convene to learn about current trends in nature-based education and share resources, best practices, and inspiring stories with peers across the country.
Presentations should be adapted for a diverse audience of classroom teachers, “informal” educators from a variety of organizations, botanical gardens staff, landscape architects, program coordinators, and more. Sessions may be presented in either a lecture or workshop format. Additional guidelines and proposal writing tips can be found on our website, as well as last year’s sessions.
Notifications regarding the status of each proposal will be sent out in February, and selected presenters will receive a discounted rate to attend the Symposium.
We are excited to review your proposals! You are the frontline of gardening trends, challenges, solutions, research and best practices in youth education. Your participation shapes the future of gardening and its impact on the earth.
If you have just an idea, a question, or need any type of support, please don’t hesitate to reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Read more about NCYGS 2023 and submit your presentation proposal by January 13!
Call for Sessions for NYCGS 2023
The American Horticultural Society, in collaboration with UT Gardens, Knoxville, has issued a Call for Sessions for the annual National Children & Youth Garden Symposium (NCYGS) taking place in Knoxville, Tennessee, July 12-15, 2023. NCYGS is an annual professional development conference for garden educators who inspire today’s youth to become tomorrow’s gardeners.
Interested in leading a session at the conference? We are accepting session proposals through January 6, 2023. These peer-led sessions will focus on thought-provoking topics, provide practical knowledge and skills, and appeal to a variety of experience levels and educational settings. Presenters will be informed by January 31 and will receive discounted registration to the Symposium.
For questions, please email email@example.com with questions. Join our mailing list to receive periodic updates about the NCYGS.
Learn More and submit proposal
Exciting Announcement about NCYGS 2023!
We are excited to announce that the AHS National Children & Youth Garden Symposium will be held in Knoxville, Tennessee, July 12-15, 2023! NCYGS is an annual professional development conference for garden educators who inspire today’s youth to become tomorrow’s gardeners. Registration and additional details will be available early next year.
FUN FACTS ABOUT KNOXVILLE:
- The soft drink Mountain Dew had its beginnings with Hartman Beverages in Knoxville in the late 1940’s.
- Knoxville Zoo is the Red Panda Capital of the world, having the greatest success in breeding and survival of baby Red Pandas.
- During the 1991 bicentennial celebration of Knoxville, lighting totaling 455,000 was added to Henley Bridge.
- Actor/Director Quentin Tarantino (“Pulp Fiction”) was born in Knoxville.
- Country singer Kenny Chesney grew up in Knoxville.
AHS Issues Call for Sessions for NCYGS 2020
The American Horticultural Society has issued a Call for Sessions for the annual National Children & Youth Garden Symposium (NCYGS) taking place in Santa Cruz, California from July 7-10, 2020. NCYGS is a national professional development event aimed at cultivating tomorrow’s gardeners by energizing, inspiring, and training today’s garden educators.
We’re looking for peer-led educational sessions that focus on relevant, thought-provoking topics, provide attendees with practical knowledge and skills, and appeal to attendees representing a variety of experience levels, educational settings, and youth audiences. Session presenters receive a discounted registration rate to attend the symposium.
Learn more and submit a session proposal by January 8, 2020.
2019 Growing Good Kids Book Award Winners Named
This morning at the National Children & Youth Garden Symposium, Randy Seagraves of the Junior Master Gardener Program announced the three winners of the 2019 Growing Good Kids book awards:
* Errol’s Garden by Joan Hibbs; published by Child’s Play
* Up in the Leaves by Shira Boss; illustrations by Jamey Christoph; published by Sterling Children’s Books
* Seed School – Growing Up Amazing by Joan Holab; illustrations by Sakshi Mangal; published by Seagrass Press
The Growing Good Kids book awards program honors engaging and inspiring works of plant, garden and ecology-themed children literature.
AHS President/CEO Talks School Gardening on Wisconsin Public Radio
During our 2019 National Children & Youth Garden Symposium in Madison, Wisconsin, AHS president & CEO Beth Tuttle chatted with WPR Morning Show host Kate Archer Kent about school gardens. Listen here.
AHS at River Farm Supports Local Pollinator Gardens
In May 2019, we were pleased to support a local Girl Scout’s project to design and and plant pollinator gardens at a police and fire station in Woodbridge, Virginia. The gardens are intended to attract bees, butterflies, and other pollinators, while enhancing the beauty around the surrounding buildings. The American Horticultural Society at River Farm donated a number of perennial pollinator plants to the Girl Scout who planted them with fellow troop members. Altogether, the 1,270 square-foot garden at Bacon Race Fire Station 26 has 22 plant varieties and 165 plants.
NCYGS 2019 – Open for Registration
Looking for ideas and resources to connect kids with plants? Our National Children & Youth Garden Symposium taking place in Madison, Wisconsin from July 10-13 is now open for registration! The event will feature over 50 educational sessions, an exciting keynote presentation by Detroit Dirt’s Pashon Murray, and tours of Madison’s flourishing youth gardening community. Check out the session, speaker, and tour descriptions, and register now!