Youth Activities

CGCI Youth Coordinator:   Lisa Cosand

We have been helping to support youth gardening groups in California with leadership, knowledge, supplies, awards and scholarships since 1931. girl planting flowers
  • We know what it takes to create great gardens.
  • We know what it takes to raise great kids.
  • We are building programs that introduce young people to gardening, conservation, protection of wildlife, recognition of plants, trees and shrubs, basic flower arrangements, and a love and appreciation of nature.
  • The goal is to help teach youth to be responsible and capable citizens with greater self-expression, dignity, integrity and knowledge of their environment.
    In addition to the educational programs offered there are fun things like contests and awards.
  • Earn recognition, pride and a few dollars for your youth gardeners.   Check the tabs or go to the CGCI Awards Program for complete details.    

The deadline for all Youth entries, including Pollinator Poster Contest is December 1
EXCEPTION: Smokey Bear/Woodsy Owl Poster contest – DEADLINE January 24
Note:    NGC/CGCI Release for Publication and Website  form should be filled out and signed by the parent / guardian and kept on file by any Garden Club that takes pictures of children for use in publicity in any media format, including Newspapers, Newsletters, Websites, etc.  Release form

Youth Garden Clubs pay no dues

Youth New/Renewal Form

There s something for every age group
Ecotots (pre-school-K)
Junior (1st “ 6th grade)
Intermediate (7th “ 9th grade)
High School (9th “ 12th grade)

Youth groups can be organized in schools, churches, recreational and after-school programs, Scouts, 4-H, FFA, FHA, Campfire, and similar groups.


Each category of youth gardeners

    • must be sponsored by a CGCI federated garden club or District
    • must be registered annually with both appropriate CGCI and NGC chairmen
    • have all privileges of CGCI except the right to vote and hold office

Sponsors are encouraged to work directly or indirectly with the youth group in one or more of the following:

    • Leadership, teaching talent, financial support, or any other help to effectively provide and assist in carrying out a quality youth gardening program.
    • Assist leader in applying for awards, compiling books of evidence, and individual honors at State, Regional and National levels to bring recognition to the sponsor and California Garden Clubs, Inc.
    • Maintain close contact with the youth leader so that the youth group gets information on awards, grants and materials shared at CGCI Fall/Winter board meetings and conventions.
    • Sponsoring Club or District is required to submit an Annual Renewal form due by June 1.
Bay Bridges El Cerrito El Cerrito High School Community & Memorial Garden Project
Buttes Lake Oroville Area Ecotots-(K); Junior- (grade 1-5)
Cascade Anderson Valley Monarch Learning Center
Channel Islands Conejo Valley Mariposa School
Channel Islands Ventura County  
Diablo Foothills Walnut Creek Muirwood Elementary School, Rio Vista Elementary School
Orange County San Clemente Boys and Girls Club of So. Orange Co
Concordia Elementary
Lady of Fatima School
Las Palmas Elementary
Lobo Elementary
Marblehead Elementary School
Palisades Elementary
San Clemente High School
Shorecliffs Middle School
Truman Benedict Elementary
Vista Del Mar K-8
Palomar Bonita Valley  
Palomar Poway Valley Poway Valley Youth Garden Club
San Fernando Valley Cherry Blossom  
San Fernando Valley Southern California Mid Valley Family YMCA Preschool
Santa Clara Valley Green Thumb of Milpitas Randall Elementary School Garden
Valley Lode Foothill  

Details and submission instructions for the following Youth Contests are available starting on Page 49 of the 2024 Awards Manual

  • Smokey Bear/Woodsey Owl Posters
  • Sculpture
  • Poetry
  • Pollinator Posters
  • Essay