Junior Master Gardener program – Learn, Grow, Eat & GO!

The Junior Master Gardener program and curricula is an award winning program that is offered through Texas AgriLife Extension Service part of the Texas A&M system. This program helps to grow good kids by igniting a passion for learning, success, and service. The workshop is designed for elementary teachers and engages them in “hands-on” group and individual learning experiences that promote a love of gardening, develop an appreciation for the environment, and cultivate the mind while teaching TEKS. This presentation will showcase all of the JMG Elementary focused curricula and will have special emphasis on the newest curricula Learn, Grow, Eat & GO!, which focuses on garden based science lessons, vegetable gardening, cooking and eating from the garden. Teachers will discover how to use plants and the garden environment for students to participate in the scientific process of collection, observation, synthesis and expository writing through science. Participants will leave with many hands-on activities ready to use in their classroom that integrate gardening based science activities with math, literature, writing, and social studies content. Participants will learn techniques on garden bed design and how to create sustainability with school garden programs.


Lisa Whittlesey

Extension Program Specialist III, Texas AgriLife Extension Service

Lisa Whittlesey is an employee of Texas AgriLife Extension Service part of the Texas A&M system. She received her bachelor and master’s degree from Texas A&M University in horticulture with an emphasis in education/curriculum development. For the past 16 years, she has served as the program director for the International Junior Master Gardener program which currently operates in all 50 states and has expanded internationally through collaborative partnerships. She is the author/co-author of nine award winning youth environmental curriculums and her horticulture work and expertise has been featured in over 130 popular press/newspaper articles including Saturday Evening Post, Southern Living, Better Homes and Garden, Readers Digest, Cosmopolitan, Family Life, 7 national children’s magazines, HGTV, and has been an invited speaker to over 130 national conferences. Lisa was recognized with the Award for Superior Service for Texas AgriLife Extension Service (2016, 2014, 1999) and was the recipient of the 2011 Texas A&M University Association of Former Students Distinguished Achievement Award for Extension, Outreach, Continuing Education and Professional Development. Lisa was selected as the recipient of the 2011 National Excellence in Extension Award for the Southern Region and 2015 National Diversity Award winner through the Association of Public and Land Grand Universities.