School Master Gardener Application 2018/19 DUE 5/24/18, SCHOOLS NOTIFIED 5/25/18
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.