young master gardeners

In the Young Master Gardeners series at the Grants Pass branch of Josephine Community Libraries, kids get to participate in sessions that expand and enrich their knowledge about plants, gardening, and biology with planting and other hands-on activities. Related fiction and nonfiction books are used to illustrate, explain, and entertain.

At the Grants Pass library, the Young Master Gardeners sessions take place on the second Wednesday of each month from September through May, according to the schedule below.

Pre-kindergarten sessions (up to five years) take place 11:30 am-noon. The after-school session for children six and older takes place 3:00-3:45 pm. For more information, call 541-476-0571.

The Young Master Gardener program is sponsored by Josephine Community Libraries and Josephine County Master Gardeners certified through Oregon State University (OSU). OSU-certified Master Gardeners conduct the reading and learning sessions.

Schedule

This is the schedule for the 2017-18 program. Note that topics and dates are subject to change. Please check the calendar or contact the library to confirm.

Wednesday, September 13: “Ponds, Plants, and Creatures
Ponds are teeming with both animal and plant life. Find out things that live in and around the pond and how they help each other.

Wednesday, October 11: “All About Seeds”
Look for seed pods in fall. How does a seed travel in nature? How does a seed sprout? Let’s learn all about seeds.

Wednesday, November 8: “Forest Ecology”
What’s in the forest? Identify common native trees and learn about how everything in a system is connected.

Wednesday, December 13, “Birds”
Discover a winged wonder. Learn to identify birds in our area and learn their habitat.

Wednesday, January 10: “Indoor Gardening and Hydroponics”
Even though it’s winter, there are plants that we can grow for fun, to eat, or simply enjoy.

Wednesday, February 14: “Plants Without Seeds”
Not every plant grows from a seed. Some plants, like ferns and mosses, grow from spores. What other plants without seeds?

Wednesday, March 14: “Are You a Good Weed or a Bad Weed?”
Did you know that some weeds are edible? Learn which ones are edible, and also learn about natives and invasives and why it’s important to know the difference.

Wednesday, April 11: “Worm Composting”
The tiniest of creatures including worms and their friends make our soil rich and usable. Learn about compost and vermiculture.

Wednesday, May 9: “Bug’s Life”
Explore the amazing world of bugs. Some bugs hop, some bugs crawl, and some are very helpful to your garden.

For more information

For more information about Young Master Gardeners, or to schedule a special session for your group, stop by the Grants Pass children’s library, click to email kidsroom@josephinelibrary.org, or call 541-476-0571.

Updated 8/7/2017