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Sedgwick County

Sedgwick County
7001 W. 21st Street N.
Wichita, Ks  67205
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Office Hours:
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Monday - Friday

316-660-0100
316-722-1432 fax
sg@listserv.ksu.edu

Youth Programs and Resources

In School Presentations

Our Youth Education Committee primarily focuses on in-classroom gardening presentations for elementary school students. The presentations are requested through the 4-H Department. Submit 1st semester requests by September 30 and 2nd semester requests by January 31. Late requests cannot be assured. 

Request a Presentation

Mystery within Seeds

Grades K-2 (limit 30 students)
45 minutes

Students learn about different kinds of seeds and their growth and examine the contents of a seed. Students discuss what plants need to grow, then place seeds in a cup to take with them to watch the seeds sprout. This lesson is presented by Sedgwick County Master Gardener volunteers.

  • Kansas Science Standard: Science as Inquiry, Life Science

Teacher provides 4 tables for small student groups.
Master Gardeners provide materials for learning activity.

Plantscapes

Grades 2-5 (limit 30 students)
45 minutes

Master Gardeners volunteers discuss basic plant parts and their function, the life cycle of the plant, and the needs of a plant. Students make a biodegradeable pot from newspaper, fill it with soil, and plant seeds. The lesson includes vocabulary development.

  • Kansas Science Standard: Life Science (needs of organisms)
  • Kansas Social Studies Standards: Geography (earth's relationship to the sun)
  • Kansas Reading Standard: Vocabulary Expansion
  • Kansas Writing Standard: Technical Writing

Teacher provides 4 tables for small student groups.
Master Gardeners provide materials for learning activity.

Soils & Water

Grades 3-5 (limit 30 students)
45 minutes

Sedgwick County Master Gardener volunteers demonstrate a comparison of 3 soil types(sandy, clay, loam) and their interaction with water, and discuss which soil(s) are most suitable for plant growth. Student writes a conclusion of the demonstration. An apple is used to demonstrate the fraction of usable soil on the earth's surface.

  • Kansas Science Standard: Earth and Space Science
  • Kansas Reading Standard: Vocabulary Expansion
  • Kansas Social Studies Standard: Geography (earth's physical systems)
  • Kansas Math Standard: Geometry, Fractions
  • Kansas Writing Standard: Expository writing

Teacher provides 4 tables for small student groups.
Master Gardeners provide activity materials.

Other Youth Programs
Youth Lawn Mowing Clinic

The Youth Lawn Mowing Clinic is held each March during Spring Break, usually on Wednesday, with a morning and afternoon session. The class is targeted at youth in the 5th-9th grades. The sessions cover basic lawn information, lawn mowing safety, lawn mower maintenance, and how to start a lawn mowing business. 

Contact Information

Have Questions? Contact:

Sedgwick County 
Horticulture
7001 W. 21st St. North
Wichita KS 67205-1759
(316) 660-0143
Fax (316)722-1432

Janel Leatherman
Master Gardener Coordinator
(316) 660-0138
jleatherman@ksu.edu

Rebecca McMahon
Horticultural Food Crops Agent
(316) 660-0142
rmcmahon@ksu.edu

Matt McKernan
Ornamental Horticulture Agent
(316) 660-0140
mckernan@ksu.edu 

Jackie Fees
Office Professional Ag & Hort
(316) 660-0143
jfees@ksu.edu