WVSU Offers Free Youth Gardening Workshops for Pre-K and Early Education Teachers

Contact: Kimberly Osborne
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Nov. 4, 2014
WVSU Offers Free Youth Gardening Workshops for Pre-K and Early Education Teachers
INSTITUTE, W.Va. –Educating young people about gardening and sustainability is the focus of West Virginia State University (WVSU) Extension Service’s free Junior Master Gardener (JMG) training session Friday, Nov. 14, from 1 to 4 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 15, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the WVSU Keith Scholars Hall in Institute. The workshop provides preschool and early education teachers and community educators with curriculum and ideas to be used in their classrooms.

JMG traditionally targets youth beginning in third grade with a focus on health, nutrition, wildlife education, plant growth and development, and natural resources, engaging participants with hands-on projects and activities. WVSU is spearheading a new addition to the curriculum that brings instruction to the preschool level.

“We’ve been working to adapt the program down to this new age level, and it's working quite well,” said WVSU Extension Agent Jenny Totten. “This program is very versatile. Participants in the workshop need not have any prior experience with gardening concepts.”

The first day of the workshop will focus on preschool and early education lessons. The second day will target all other interested teachers and community educators.           

“JMG nurtures an interest in gardening and agriculture in kids at a young age,” said Totten. “It provides experience with the fundamentals of gardening and introduces science, nature and even literature using fun, educational activities.”

Registration is required by contacting Jenny Totten at jtotten@wvstateu.edu. To learn more about the Junior Master Gardener program, visit www.jmgkids.us.

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West Virginia State University is a public, land grant, historically black university, which has evolved into a fully accessible, racially integrated, and multigenerational institution, located in Institute, W.Va. As a “living laboratory of human relations,” the university is a community of students, staff, and faculty committed to academic growth, service and preservation of the racial and cultural diversity of the institution. Its mission is to meet the higher education and economic development needs of the state and region through innovative teaching and applied research.
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