Working With Children

Working with Children projects fall into three categories: ongoing and regularly scheduled classroom education and mentoring of children; one-time demonstration events; and judging horticultural competitions.

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PLEASE NOTE – This page is under construction. Not all approved projects are represented yet.

CES Gardening Program

The Sandoval Extension Master Gardeners meet each week with all of the fifth-grade classes at Corrales Elementary school to present gardening and science-related lessons and activities.  Fall classes include planting cool-season vegetables in our garden beds, as well as bulbs and cool-season flowers in our flower beds.   Other presentations focus on:  insects and other creatures in our garden, nutrition, botany, water conservation, how seeds travel and those that we eat.  All of the vegetables and edible flowers are harvested and prepared for a celebration the week before Thanksgiving.  In January, students start vegetable and flower seeds in the classroom, transplant them into individual containers, and then move them to our beds when the weather warms.  Students also grow houseplants from cuttings and create botanical drawings.  Additional classes include: composting, pollinators, food preservation, herbs, and permaculture.  The year ends in May with green smoothies made with the vegetables from our spring gardens. 

Former teachers are welcome to join our program, as needed.  Parents and guardians are encouraged to visit and participate in our activities.


Upcoming Events

1:00 pm SEMG Advisory Council Monthly Me... @ Zoom
SEMG Advisory Council Monthly Me... @ Zoom
Dec 12 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Please join the monthly Sandoval Extension Master Gardener (SEMG) Advisory Council meeting. The Advisory Council gathers committee chairs to collaborate on the endeavors and business of the SEMG.  All veterans and interns are welcome to[...]
3:00 pm Ready, Set, Grow! Ants! with Dr.... @ via Zoom
Ready, Set, Grow! Ants! with Dr.... @ via Zoom
Dec 13 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Ready, Set, Grow! – ANTS! with Dr. Joanie King Ready, Set, Grow! is a free webinar series offered the third Wednesday of every month. The New Mexico State University – Cooperative Extension Service offers this FREE[...]
6:45 pm Gardening with the Masters Series @ Loma Colorado Main Library
Gardening with the Masters Series @ Loma Colorado Main Library
Dec 25 @ 6:45 pm – 7:45 pm
Gardening with the Masters Series @ Loma Colorado Main Library | Rio Rancho | New Mexico | United States
Gardening with the Masters Series Join us the 4th Monday of every month for a Gardening with the Masters talk from 6:45 pm to 7:45 pm at Loma Colorado Blvd. in Rio Rancho, NM. These events[...]
10:00 am Sheet, Pit and Trench Composting @ Open Space Visitor Center
Sheet, Pit and Trench Composting @ Open Space Visitor Center
Dec 30 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Mark your calendar! Join John Zarola, Master Gardener, on Saturday December 30, 2023 from 10:00 am to 12:00 noon for Sheet, Pit and Trench Composting at the Open Space Visitors Center. The class will discuss[...]
6:00 pm Mentor Orientation 2024 @ Zoom Meeting
Mentor Orientation 2024 @ Zoom Meeting
Jan 4 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Mentor Orientation for Class of 2024  _____________________________ Mentors for the Master Gardener Intern Class of 2024 are strongly encouraged to attend this orientation to help us provide the best experience possible for our interns. The[...]
6:00 pm Mentor-Intern 2024 Meet-and-Greet @ Zoom
Mentor-Intern 2024 Meet-and-Greet @ Zoom
Jan 8 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Mentor-Intern 2024 Meet-and-Greet Come on January 8, 2024 from 6:00-8:00 pm for the Mentor-Intern 2024 Meet-and-Greet. We strongly encourage our new interns and their mentors to attend this meet and greet session to start off[...]
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