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The Alaska Botanical GardenOur Mission:The Alaska Botanical Gardenis a public garden dedicatedto enhancing the beauty andvalue of plant materialthrough education,preservation, recreation &research.

About the Garden

Why is gardening and connecting tothe natural world important?

ABG Programs for ChildrenSchools in the Garden Fall & Spring field trips forgrades 1st – 6th Hands-on experiential scienceeducation following ASDcurriculumJunior Master Gardener Summer Day Camp for kidsages 7 - 12 Focus on gardening,horticulture & ecologyGarden in the Schools Winter in-school lessons forelementary classes Topics: Soils, Composting &Worms; Health & Nutrition fromthe Garden; Alaska Plants &Trees21st Century Community Learning Centers 8 schools in ASD, 600 students engage in 1 field trip 6 afterschool lessons 1 family night Alaska Native Cultural Charter, Begich, Fairview, North Star,Muldoon, Nunaka Valley, Ptarmigan, Wonder Park Indoor grow shelves, hands-on lessons teaching about sciencethrough gardening & the natural world

ABG’s Partnership with 21st CCLC 2013-2014: began gardening in four 21st CCLC sites in Anchorage –Alaska Native Cultural Charter, Begich Middle, Fairview Elementary,North Star Elementary 2014-2015: expanded to four additional sites – Muldoon Elementary,Nunaka Valley Elementary, Ptarmigan Elementary, Wonder ParkElementary Program consists of 1 field trip, 6 in-school lessons, and 1 family nightper year Program goal is to teach science through gardening and connectingyouth to the natural world.

ABG’s Partnership with 21st CCLC

Junior Master Gardener The Junior Master Gardener (JMG) program is an international youth gardeningprogram of the university cooperative Extension network. JMG engages children innovel, “hands-on” group and individual learning experiences that provide a love ofgardening, develop an appreciation for the environment, and cultivate the mind.JMG Level 1, Literature in the Garden, Wildlife Gardener, Operation Thistle, Operation Water

Junior Master GardenerRequirements for certification in JMG Level 1: Belong to a registered JMG group. Complete any combination of 12 activities from the first seven teaching concepts. Complete one life skill/career exploration activity from the last teaching concept. Participate in one community service project.Six Learning Areas of JMG Level 1:1. Plant Growth & Development2. Soils & Water3. Ecology & Environmental Horticulture4. Insects & Disease5. Landscape Horticulture6. Fruits & Nuts7. Vegetables & Herbs8. Life Skills & Career Exploration

Junior Master GardenerRequirements for certification in Literature in the Garden: Belong to a registered JMG group. Complete any combination of 12 activities from the first seven teaching concepts. Complete one life skill/career exploration activity from the last teaching concept. Participate in one community service project.Six Books featured in Literature in the Garden:Plantzilla by Jerdine Nolen (Teaching Concept 2)Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney (Teaching Concept 3)Brother Eagle, Sister Sky illustrated by Susan Jeffers (Teaching Concept 4)The Gardener by Sarah Stewart (Teaching Concept 5)Tops and Bottoms retold by Author/Illustrator Janet Stevens (Teaching Concept 6)Weslandia by Paul Fleischman (Teaching Concept 7)

Junior Master GardenerTips & Suggestions for Gardening with Children (from Junior Master Gardener Teacher’s Guide):1. Keep it simple and start small.2. Allow children to have ownership in establishing garden and choosing varieties.3. It’s okay to be messy!4. The garden doesn’t have to be perfect.5. Include plants for both immediate and delayed gratification.Quick harvest/quick sprouting plants: radishes, leaf lettuce, spinach, bok choy, sunflowers,and remember to use transplants for our short season6. Include visual and tactile plants.7. Avoid poisonous or thorny plants.8. Encourage exploration and take advantage of “teachable moments.”9. Don’t be afraid to experiment.10. HAVE FUN!

School Gardening Curriculum & ResourcesGarden-Based Curriculum Junior Master Gardener; http:www.jmgkids.us LifeLab – lessons, trainings, curriculum, resources; www.lifelab.org GrowLab – National Gardening Association, indoor gardening; www.kidsgardening.org Project Food, Land and People – lesson plans for preK-12; www.foodlandpeople.org Growing Minds – lessons and activities, recipes and more; www.growing-minds.org Collective School Garden Network – http://www.csgn.org/And many more Learn about Ag in AK Alaska Cooperative Extension Service; http://www.uaf.edu/ces/ Alaska Division of Agriculture; www.dnr.alaska.gov/ag Alaska’s Farm to School; http://dnr.alaska.gov/ag/ag FTS.htm Alaska Ag in the Classroom; ltureclassroom.htm Alaska School Garden Food Safety Gfoodsafetyguide.pdfAnd many more

Thank You for Your Time!Kelly IngramProgram Director & Volunteer Coordinatorkelly.ingram@alaskabg.org(907) 770-3692 ext. 102Patrick RyanEducation Specialistpatrick.ryan@alaskabg.org(907) 770-3692 ext. 1024601 Campbell Airstrip RoadAnchorage, AK 99507(907) 770-3692www.alaskabg.org

The Alaska Botanical Garden Our Mission: The Alaska Botanical Garden is a public garden dedicated to enhancing the beauty and value of plant material through education, preservation, recreation & research. About the Garden . Why is gardening and connecting to the natural world important?

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