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Phone: 401-874-2116 Fax: 401-874-7872

Media Contact: Todd McLeish 874-7892

URI to launch Junior Master Gardener program
Training for teachers, youth group leaders on March 15

KINGSTON, R.I. -- January 30, 2003 -- The University of Rhode Island’s College of the Environment and Life Sciences is launching a new plant science education program designed to teach students in grades 6-8 about plant growth and development through hands-on activities. Modeled after the National Junior Master Gardener program, the new program will also incorporate teaching resources in environmentally sustainable horticultural practices and the importance of agriculture in Rhode Island.

The program will be introduced at a workshop for teachers and youth group leaders on Saturday, March 15 from 9 a.m. to noon at URI’s East Farm in Kingston. Pre-registration is required by Feb. 24. The workshop costs $40.

"The centerpiece of the Junior Master Gardener program is a high quality teacher guide filled with group and individual learning activities that can be integrated into math, science, social studies and language arts lessons," said Ernest Morreira, Cooperative Extension educator at URI and the workshop organizer. "The program not only teaches about plants, but it inspires career exploration, service learning and leadership development."

During the workshop, participants will review the science concepts and teaching methods contained in the curriculum guide. Discussions will be held about gardening, food science, and commercial agriculture in Rhode Island. Participating teachers and youth group leaders will also learn how to compost with worms, propagate plants, force flowering bulbs, and more.

For more information or to register for the workshop, contact the URI Cooperative Extension Education Center at (401) 874-2900 or email

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