2021 Youth Development Programs

In addition, any Master Gardeners interested in Youth Development should please contact our Youth Development Program Lead, Pam Swoner, at jrmg@mgofdc.org

2020 Junior Gardener Summer Camp

Our annual Junior Master Gardener’s Camp adapted varying horticultural subjects, methods, and techniques for ages 9 thru 12 during a weeklong camp filled with outdoor and indoor learning activities utilizing our Demonstration Garden and Ellington property.

It was originally thought Jr Camp could continue this year but in light of the extension of Covid-19 restrictions we are cancelling Jr Camp for 2020. This has been a very hard decision to make. 2020 would have been our 18th year to inspire curiosity in the outdoors. All currently enrolled campers will receive a full supply fee refund in the mail soon. 

While we are unable to continue with our face to face camp, please be aware there are online Jr Camp type learning resources available, which you can access for free.  The one we are including is underway so check it out. There are supplies you will need to gather in advance of each session. 

    • The online Jr Camp below is offered by Texas A&M and is the originator of the program we use. 
    • Sessions go April 2-May 19 on every Tuesday & Thursday 1:00pm (CST) and last approx. 20 minutes. 
    • Click ink for more information:  Texas A&M Jr Master Gardener Camp

Stay safe! 

Pam Swoner - Director of Davidson County Extension Master Gardener Youth Programming

Melissa Hamilton - Coordinator Master Gardener Jr Day Camp

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WHEN: June 15-19, 2020 (Monday – Friday)

HOURS: 9am-3pm

LOCATION: UT Extension Central Region administration building on the campus of Ellington Agricultural Center, 5201 Marchant Drive Nashville, TN 37211.

DETAILS: The camp is staffed by UT Extension Agents, Certified Master Gardener Volunteers and Community Experts. Lunch is not provided and campers should bring lunch each day along with additional personal snacks. Fruit is provided during breaks. Appropriate clothing should be worn for outdoor activities and hikes.

ENROLLMENT: Enrollment is limited to 15 campers and the supply fee per camper is $100. Complete and return our Junior Camp Application Form with payment to: Davidson County Master Gardeners, P.O. Box 41055; Nashville, TN  37204-1055


An application is required for each child. Applications are not considered complete unless accompanied with the supply fee of $100. Enrollment will be on a first come, first served basis until the maximum number of 15 campers is reached. Once enrolled, you will receive a confirmation plus an additional packet with instructions from our UT Extension office in Nashville.

** Last day for cancellations and refunds is May 15th, 2020.

CONTACTS/CO-CHAIRS: Pam Swoner and Missy Hamilton - jrmg@MGofDC.org


Day 1: Hike to Apiary, Bees, Basic Botany, Soil, Worms, Water Wise

Day 2: Hike to Stream, Stream Health, Birds

Day 3: Weather, Gardening Methods (raised bed, square foot, container), Garden Safety

Day 4: Hike Eagle Trail, Tree Identification, Native Plants, Herbs, Insects,

Day 5: Hike to Horse Patrol Stable, Landscape Design, Color, Floral Design


If you are interested in volunteering please contact Pam Swoner (Coordinator) or Missy Hamilton (Chair) at jrmg@mgofdc.org

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