Program Description

The DeKalb Extension Office partners with Fernbank Science Center and several other educational organizations to help schools grow environmentally-conscious youth leaders through school and community partnerships, sustainable gardening practices and interdisciplinary, hands-on curricula.  The School Master Gardener Program of the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension provides community-minded teachers and gardeners with practical horticultural training that can be taken back and shared in their schools and communities.  This training is an introductory course in horticulture and schoolyard flora and fauna that provides a foundation for continued learning through volunteer experiences.  “Putting Knowledge to Work” to grow a better school community is the commitment of a School Master Gardener. 

In order to be eligible for the School Master Gardener certificate at the end of the course, each team member from accepted schools must complete 50 hours of school service, attend all 8 class sessions, develop and present a group project, and pass a multiple choice exam. Volunteer hours can only be earned during after school or weekend activities.

This program has about a 20% acceptance rate due to facility capacity.  If not selected to participate in this round, there will still be opportunities for Fernbank staff to offer school garden support on a more limited basis.  Successful applications reflect an honest recognition of the current state of the school garden program and a clear vision of how the school wants to grow that program in alignment with existing school goals.

Applicant information

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* 1. Applicant information

Requirements for Participation (all must be met to be considered for the program)

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* 2. Requirements for Participation (all must be met to be considered for the program)

Does your school currently have a garden? (check all that apply)

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* 3. Does your school currently have a garden? (check all that apply)

If yes, then please describe the school's garden/outdoor education space(s) and how they are used to support standards-aligned educational goals

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* 4. If yes, then please describe the school's garden/outdoor education space(s) and how they are used to support standards-aligned educational goals

If yes, then please describe how the garden(s) support goals outside of academic standards (e.g., wellness/nutrition, community building, etc)

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* 5. If yes, then please describe how the garden(s) support goals outside of academic standards (e.g., wellness/nutrition, community building, etc)

If yes, then please describe how the garden(s) are managed.  If there is a garden or green team, please list members, including their roles in school as well as in the team.

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* 6. If yes, then please describe how the garden(s) are managed.  If there is a garden or green team, please list members, including their roles in school as well as in the team.

What does your school hope to accomplish by participating in the School Master Gardener program

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* 7. What does your school hope to accomplish by participating in the School Master Gardener program

How will your school communicate and share the activities and outcomes of your garden project with others in your school and community?

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* 8. How will your school communicate and share the activities and outcomes of your garden project with others in your school and community?

Has your school participated in the School Master Gardener before?

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* 9. Has your school participated in the School Master Gardener before?

Please list any other school garden/outdoor education grants and professional development your school has received.  

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* 10. Please list any other school garden/outdoor education grants and professional development your school has received.  

Is your school STEM certified?

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* 11. Is your school STEM certified?

Is your school IB or other theme?

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* 12. Is your school IB or other theme?

Team member selection

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* 13. Team member selection

Team Member 1

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* 14. Team Member 1

Team Member 2

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* 15. Team Member 2

Team Member 3

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* 16. Team Member 3

School partners: Identify three partners outside of the school that will support your efforts and attend the 4/26/19 final presentation session

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* 17. School partners: Identify three partners outside of the school that will support your efforts and attend the 4/26/19 final presentation session

Partner 1

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* 18. Partner 1

Partner 2

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* 19. Partner 2

Partner 3

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* 20. Partner 3

Please upload letter of support signed by school principal and the 3 team members

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* 21. Please upload letter of support signed by school principal and the 3 team members

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Please upload photo(s) of existing or potential garden spaces 

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* 22. Please upload photo(s) of existing or potential garden spaces 

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