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Cooperative Extension’s Junior Master Gardeners assist the Girl Scouts

Posted 4/16/2014

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Girl Scouts of Southern Nevada’s Gardener Badge. Photo courtesy of Girl Scouts of Southern Nevada.

Girl Scouts work on their Gardener Badge with Cooperative Extension staff

The Girl Scouts of Southern Nevada is partnering with the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension’s Junior Master Gardener program for three workshops for Scouts to learn about gardening and to earn their gardener badge.

The first workshop will be held on April 26 at Cooperative Extension’s Lifelong Learning Center’s Children’s Demonstration Garden. Scouts will learn about soil and water. They will know the difference between organic and mineral soils; plant seeds without soil; plant a mystery seed; and participate in a water activity.

On May 10, Junior Master Gardener staff will discuss the various types of seeds at the Lifelong Learning Center. The Scouts will dissect seeds-looking under a microscope and learn the difference between grass and tree seeds and how plants grow. They will participate in a drop-in-the-bucket, bean pot baggie and compressed sponge activities.

The third workshop will be held on May 24 and cover the topic of replanting. The Scouts will learn about pollination and create a window box activity using transplants.

All workshops are held from 1 — 3 p.m. at Cooperative Extension’s Lifelong Learning Center’s Children’s Demonstration Gardens located at 8050 Paradise Road, Las Vegas, Nev.

The Junior Master Gardener program will engage the scouts in novel, “hands-on” group and individual learning experiences that promote a love of gardening, develop an appreciation for the environment, cultivate the mind and earn a recognition badge. Junior Master Gardeners encourages youth to be of service to others through service learning and leadership development projects and rewards them with certification.

Girl Scouts of Southern Nevada is the preeminent leadership development organization for girls - all girls - where, in an accepting and nurturing environment, girls build character and life skills for success in the real world. Girl Scouts of Southern Nevada serves more than 10,000 girl and adult members throughout Southern Nevada. Membership is open to all girls 5-17 years-old.

For more information about Cooperative Extension’s Junior Master Gardener program, contact Karyn Johnson at 702-257-5523. For more information about the Girl Scouts of Southern Nevada, contact Renee Guglielmetti at 702-932-7378 or 702-236-5600.

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