junior master gardener

Junior Master Gardener

“Growing good kids by igniting passion for learning success and service through unique garden education.”

Join us this summer for our Junior Master Gardener “Wildlife Gardener” Program!

For the first time this year, we will offer a children’s gardening program for your older child(ren), ages 12-16. Junior Master Gardeners learn firsthand how to grow flowers, herbs, native and pollinator plants that attract many species of birds and butterflies to our pollinator and butterfly gardens. Junior Master Gardeners will also experience service learning, and help the Master Gardener Volunteers teach the younger, summer garden program children.

Junior Master Gardeners will:

  • Gain a greater understanding and appreciation for the wildlife that is part of their local community
  • Enjoy experiential, project-based learning about wildlife habitats, gardening to attract wildlife in the Children’s Garden, Butterfly House and Herb Garden at the Suffolk County Farm, Yaphank
  • Learning about leadership, team building and the importance of community service

About the Junior Master Gardener Program

The Junior Master Gardener program engages youth in unique “hands-on” garden-based learning experiences that promote a love of gardening, develop an appreciation for the environment, and cultivate the mind. Studies show that youth gardening projects help increase self-esteem and a build greater sense of ownership and responsibility, and that school and community garden programs enhance interpersonal relationship skills in fifth through seventh grade students. After completing the Junior Master Gardener “Nutrition in the Garden” activities, children showed a more positive attitude towards fruit and vegetable snacks. Elementary through early High School age.

Curriculum and themes include:

  • Literature in the Garden
  • Learn, Grow, Eat & GO!
  • Health & Nutrition from the Garden
  • Wildlife Gardener
  • Operation Thistle!
  • Operation Water!

Junior Master Gardener Outreach Programs

Garden-Based Learning for Libraries, Youth Groups and Classroom

Learn from our experts, the Master Gardener Volunteers who deliver horticultural education for schools, libraries, community gardens, homeschool, scout groups and more. In class and after school experiential learning through activities from the Junior Master Gardener curriculum, are aligned with NYS and Core Curriculum Standards. At your location or in our Children’s Garden.

Start a Junior Master Gardener Club in your Community!

Ask for more information on how you can start a community-based or after school program of Junior Master Gardeners.

For more information about our programs, Junior Master Gardener program fees, and to schedule your outreach program:


Donna Alese Cooke
Community Horticulture Specialist
631-727-7850 x 225

Last updated April 20, 2018