FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 18, 2016
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Town Announces New 4H Junior Master Gardener Program for 2016
North Hempstead, NY – Town of North Hempstead Supervisor Judi Bosworth and the Town Board, in partnership with Cornell Cooperative Extension of Nassau County, will offer a 4H Junior Master Gardener (JMG) Program at Clark Botanic Garden in Albertson this Spring and Summer. The JMG program is open to children grades 3 to 5 and is broken up into two courses – “The Wildlife Gardener” and “Health & Nutrition from the Vegetable Garden.”
“The Wildlife Gardener” course is a combined resource of the National Wildlife Federation and the JMG Program. In this course, children will gain a greater understanding and strengthen appreciation for the wildlife that is part of their local community, and enjoy hands-on, project-based learning as they have fun gardening for wildlife, building components of a wildlife gardening habitat and learning about leadership, team building and the importance of community service. The last two sessions will include a visit from a Forest Ranger and a community service project. “The Wildlife Gardener” JMG course will take place on May 7, 14 and 21, and June 4, 11 and 18 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The cost for the course is $125 per child.
In the “Health & Nutrition from the Vegetable Garden” JMG course, children will learn how to grow and eat nutritious foods. Course participants will learn skills such as basic gardening, growing techniques, and harvesting, as well as recipes, healthful snacks, and how to create a farm stand. The last two sessions will include life skills and career exploration, with a visit from a nutritionist and a community service project. The “Health & Nutrition from the Vegetable Garden” JMG course will take place on June 30, July 7, 14, 21 and 28, and August 4 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The cost for the course is $125 per child.
“I am delighted that our very own Clark Botanic Garden will be offering this valuable program to our Town’s elementary school-aged children,” said Supervisor Bosworth. “It is so important that they are able to learn about gardening, nature and the environment in a hands-on and fun way.”
Each class is limited to 18 participants. To register, please stop by Michael J. Tully Aquatic Center 1801 Evergreen Ave., New Hyde Park or call (516) 739-3092.
Flowers at Clark Botanic Garden in Albertson.
Vegetable gardens grow lush and bountiful in the summer at Clark Garden.