2018 Junior Master Gardener Specialist Training

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July 24-26, 2018

Global Spheres Center
7801 S. Interstate 35E
Corinth, TX 76208  (see map below)


The Junior Master Gardener® Program is growing good kids by igniting a passion for learning, success, and service through a unique gardening education.  This dynamic and intensive 2-1/2 day training conference is designed for those who are coordinating or supporting JMG programs at the local, county, and regional level.

Come join us and learn new ideas and techniques that will help you implement effective youth gardening programs through JMG.  Together, we can cultivate a love of plants and gardening while fostering leadership and community service in youth nationwide.

“Hands down, this was the best Extension event I’ve been to. It was fun, engaging, and so informative. I will be recommending this to everyone I know!!”
“It was well done and enjoyable.”
“Committee and presenters did an outstanding job.
Loved it all!!!  Excellent job!”
“I wanted to thank you for the training last year and also update you on our success…”
“Thanks again for all that you and your team do…it is a wonderful program and you guys did a fabulous job training…”

All attendees will receive a host of invaluable resources to grow JMG and youth gardening programs at the local, regional or state level.

This 2018 training is open to Master Gardeners, Master Naturalists, Master Wellness volunteers, 4H volunteers and AgriLife Extension Agents.


Attendees will participate in:

  • JMG Program Presentations (including a comprehensive program overview, current research findings, connecting to schools, successful partnerships, best practices, developing community support and fundraising)
  • Networking Sessions
  • Hands-on workshops

Registration Includes:

  • JMG Specialist Resource Book
  • JMG Specialist Presenter Kit including
      • USB flash drive with resource materials
      • Sample training agendas and handout materials
  • Three JMG Curriculum books
  • Meals – two lunches, one evening reception (with cash bar), snacks & drinks during training


The training begins with check-in at 8:00 A.M. on Tuesday, July 24.   A networking reception with the group is planned for after class on Tuesday evening.  Class ends the first 2 days at 5:00 P.M.  The conference ends at noon on Thursday, July 26.


The classes are held at the Global Spheres Center at 7801 S. Interstate 35E in Corinth, Texas, just south of Denton.

Hotel and Local Area Information:

Hotels near the Global Spheres Center

Nearby medical facilities and 24-hour pharmacies:

Texas Health Denton
3000 North I-35
Denton, TX 76201
Medical City Denton
3535 S Interstate 35
Denton, TX 76210
Phone: (940) 384-3535
3200 Teasley Ln
Denton, TX 76210
Phone:(940) 382-1810
1700 S Loop 288
Denton, TX 76205
(940) 220-0574

For Master Gardeners:  Specialist Service Requirements, Recognition, and Certification:

Master Gardeners who have completed the Junior Master Gardener Specialist training are expected to be a local county resource and contribute volunteer service by training other Master Gardeners and the public. After completing the training, you are required to serve at least one year as a Junior Master Gardener Specialist, providing a minimum of 20 hours of service in a designated program or project.

Upon completion of the Junior Master Gardener Specialist service requirements, you will be formally recognized at the annual Texas Master Gardener Conference, at which time you will be awarded a Master Gardener Specialist Certificate and lapel pin.  You may also apply for a $50 fee reimbursement from the Texas Master Gardener Association.  (See the reimbursement form at the txmg.org website.)

To Register:

The registration fee is $225.00.   The fee may be paid via PayPal or credit card at the time of registration, or you may mail a check after you submit the online form.   We must receive payment by July 13.  If you choose to mail a check, please make the check payable to DCMGA and mail it to:

Denton County Master Gardener Association
Attn. Nikki Johnson JMG Specialist Training
401 W. Hickory St., Suite 112
Denton, Texas 76201

Please note:   Supplies are ordered in advance.  Cancellations after June 26, will incur a 50% penalty deducted from the registration fee, and no refunds will be offered after July 13th, 2018.  The class is limited to 48 applicants and will be filled based on the order of receipt of payment and registration form.

For Master Gardeners, approval by the local MG Coordinator/Extension Agent is required.  We will contact the MG Coordinator or Extension Agent for approval after the registration form is submitted.   There is a limit of two people per county until June 26.  If there is still space available, the two-per-county limit will be lifted after June 26.

For Master Naturalists, 4H volunteers, and Master Wellness volunteers, we will notify your Coordinator or Extension Agent after the registration form is submitted, as a courtesy.


Email sciencewithattitude@gmail.com.


Hosted by the Texas AgriLife Extension Service and the Denton County Master Gardener Association.

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension provides equal opportunities in its programs and employment to all persons, regardless of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, sexual orientation, or gender identity.  The Texas A&M University System, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the County Commissioners Courts of Texas Cooperating

We will seek to provide reasonable accommodation for all persons with disabilities for this program. We ask that you notify the Denton County AgriLife Extension Office of the auxiliary aid or service that will be required.

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