Gardeners teach kids to think green

Master Gardeners from Ogle, Boone and DeKalb counties recently received training for a new youth program, I Think Green. Master Gardeners received hands-on training for three tracks: worms, butterflies and insects.

I Think Green engages youth in third through fifth grades in investigating how living things interact with each other and the environment. The hands-on science inquiry activities are facilitated by University of Illinois Extension Master Gardeners. During the program, kids will develop observation skills, engage in hands-on activities to explore different life cycles and investigate how living things function, adapt and change within their environment. Lessons draw from Jr. Master Gardener curriculum, as well as University of Illinois Extension curriculum, Scientific Inquiry with Butterflies and Adventures of Herman the Worm.

Master Gardeners from all three counties also received continuing education from Extension educators Peggy Doty and Candice Miller on worms, insects and butterflies.

For more information about the I Think Green program or to schedule a free program with the DeKalb County Master Gardeners, contact Bethany Macarus at 815-758-8194 or bmacarus@illinois.edu or go to http://web.extension.illinois.edu/bdo.