The Bar Harbor Garden Club (BHGC) supports and sponsors a range of “Youth Activities” in the local community focusing on gardening, birding, creative arts, language arts, and environmental awareness.
2018 Youth Activities Highlights
The BHGC has continued a new project with the local elementary schools with an Apple Tree Donation for their school grounds. This year Conners Emerson Elementary in Bar Harbor and Mount Desert Elementary in Northeast Harbor were the recipients. Both schools were given the opportunity to select the varietal of apple tree to be planted.
In addition to the Apple Tree Project, members of the BHGC undertook a project at the Mount Desert Island High School to revitalize a garden bed next to the Superintendent’s office. New rhododendron bushes and perennials were planted in late spring. Members returned in the fall and with the help of high school students, planted daffodil bulbs in the bed.
Throughout the school year, garden club members assisted Pemetic Elementary and Tremont Consolidated School with the trees, gardening projects and/or clean-up activities.
To help educate elementary school children about the life cycle of seed plants, the BHGC presented a copy of “The Saved Seed” by Brenda Moore to the eight elementary schools in the Mount Desert Regional School System and the Community School of Mount Desert Island. “The Saved Seed” was the second book sponsored by the National Garden Clubs.
Preschool children at Harbor House Children’s Center in Southwest Harbor were treated to a birding presentation.
The BHGC has designated eight $100 scholarships for children to attend the College of Atlantic Summer Field Studies Program as part of our club’s mission “to promote the love of horticulture, to protect and conserve our natural resources, and to provide educational opportunities…” The children will apply for the scholarship by telling about their favorite place in the natural world through a medium of their choice.
The Youth Activities co-chairperson provided a gardening program and activity for the Children’s Program in celebration of Mother’s Day at Downeast Horizons, a non-profit agency that assists and supports individuals with developmental disabilities to live a complete and fulfilling life.
Garden Club Youth Contests
National Garden Clubs, Inc. (NGC) and their affiliate organizations offer various educational contests for children at the pre-school, elementary, middle and high school levels. Winners of the local Bar Harbor Garden Club (BHGC) competitions go on to compete within the Garden Club Federation of Maine (GCFM), New England Garden Clubs, Inc. (NEGC), and National Garden Clubs, Inc. (NGC) .
Poetry Contest—Excite and encourage our Youth to express and explore their creative thoughts through different types of poetry. Children in Kindergarten through 9th grade are eligible to enter the contest. The deadline for the local poetry contest is January 8th.
2017-2018 Theme: “Let it Grow”. Related downloadable files:
High School Distinguished Service Project — The High School Distinguished Service Project Award along with $100 for first place and $50 for second place may be awarded to a high school student (9th through 12th grades) for an outstanding civic project making a significant improvement for public benefit, e.g. environment, conservation, landscape, horticulture, recycling, horticulture therapy, etc.
If you know of someone who has done an outstanding civic project consider applying for Award #76, High School Distinguished Service Project under Youth Awards.
High School Essay Contest—The High School Essay Contest is open to all High School students attending 9th through 12th grades. Each year a $1,000 National Garden Club scholarship will be awarded to the National Winner. The deadline for the local Essay Contest is January 8th. 2017-2018 Theme: “Community Gardens”. Related downloadable files:
Youth Sculpture Contest—The purpose of this contest is to encourage youth to keep our planet green and to get involved with saving our planet. Children in 4th through 8th grade are eligible to enter the contest. The deadline for the local sculpture contest is January 8th. Related downloadable files:
Smokey Bear and Woodsy Owl Poster Contest—The U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service and the National Garden Clubs, Inc. are giving students the opportunity to demonstrate through original drawings of Smokey Bear or Woodsy Owl their understanding of wildfire prevention and basic environmental conservation principles.
Posters are to be completed by individual student artists and may include students from 1st to 5th grade. The deadline for the local poster contest is January 12th. Related downloadable files: