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Children’s Programs

Provides information and educational opportunities for children in such a way as to excite and delight them with the wonders of gardening and plant life.

  • Special Events: Throughout the year the Children’s Programs participates in fairs and expo’s at community gardens, farmer’s markets and elementary schools. Fun educational activities are provided for youth to learn about gardening. Volunteer opportunities include planning and helping children with activities.
  • Garden ‘N Grow is a program for youth ages 9 – 13 and is sponsored and conducted by University of Missouri Extension (MUE) Master Gardeners of Greater Kansas City Chapter. This educational program blends horticulture training with academic learning. Participants plant and maintain garden plots. This is a 10 week course beginning the first week in June. Classes are conducted 2 days per week on Monday and Thursday, 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. (20 sessions). Volunteer opportunities start in February, and include planning, communication, garden prep, teaching and assisting in the gardens and with classes.

Garden ‘N Grow is back!

Registration is online for Garden ‘N Grow! This year’s program is free of charge and limited to the first 10 to register.  Children ages 9 – 11 will learn hands-on vegetable gardening from Extension Master Gardeners.  The Program meets Mondays and Thursdays 9 – 11 from June 7 through August 12 (10 weeks).  The location is Fairview Christian Church in Gladstone.  Registration is now closed – maximum number of attendees have registered.

  • Eating from the Garden (EFTG) is University of Missouri Extension nutrition and gardening program for fourth and fifth grade students. EFTG provides research-based information through nutrition and gardening activities to increase consumption of fruits and vegetables and to promote healthier food choices and physical activity. In the Kansas City area the 13-lesson curriculum is taught by teachers, program partners and volunteers. Many of the Nutrition Garden Volunteers come from the MGGKC Chapter.
  • Urban Green Dreams is a MGGKC garden project that works with youth in Kansas City school yards and community gardens to teach them how to grow their food. EMGs are responsible for two Community Gardens within the Santa Fe neighborhood: • Benton Community Garden • St. Paul Presbyterian Church Community Garden. They offer over 900 elementary students (kindergarten to 6th grade) opportunities to garden at the following Kansas City schools: • George Melcher Elementary School • Phillis Wheatley Elementary School • George Washington Carver Elementary School • Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School • Hope Leadership Academy Two early childcare centers and a family childcare home in the Santa Fe neighborhood are encouraged to bring their toddlers and preschoolers to the St. Paul Community Garden to participate in gardening activities.

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University of Missouri Extension Master Gardener Program