DATES OF IMPORTANCE!!!
January 22. 2019 – Smokey Bear local winning posters must be received by the State Chairman
Dec. 1 SAR & NGC Youth Awards Applications due to SAR & NGC chairman. They should be on NGC
application forms. the GCNC state chairman does not receive these awards.
Jan. 22 Smokey Bear local winning posters must be received by State Chairman, Marilyn Wright.
In celebration of Smokey Bear’s 75th birthday, children from the first through fifth grade
are invited to participate in the 2019 National Garden Clubs Poster Contest. The U.S. Dept.
of Agriculture Forest Service and National Garden Clubs are giving students the opportunity
to demonstrate through original drawings of Smokey Bear their understanding of wildlife
prevention. Please note: only pictures that depict Smokey Bear will be accepted for this
Feb. 14 YGC Annual dues and Rating Sheets due for Early Birds
March 1 Annual dues, Rating Sheets, and Award Applications due to State Chairman for Youth Clubs
Pledge to make favors for GCNC Youth Banquet due (Banquet April 7, 2019)
“The Frightened Frog, An Environmental Tale”
“The Frightened Frog” is an early reader book written to educate elementary children about the environmental issues affecting amphibians. It includes Fun Frog Facts, a story describing the challenges of being a frog, and ways children can Leap Into Action to help protect, preserve and support frog and amphibian habitats in their own backyards!
NGC Related Youth Activities and Contests:
- The 2015-2016 NGC Poetry Contest theme is “Croaking Leaping Frogs”
- The 2015-2017 NGC High School Essay Contest theme is “Don’t Let the Frogs Croak!”
- Establish a Backyard Wildlife Habitat and Certify with NWF!
GCNC-YGC-Membership-Guidelines National Garden Clubs, Inc. (NGC), South Atlantic Region (SAR), and The Garden Club of North Carolina, Inc., (GCNC) are dedicated to sponsoring and encouraging youth gardening groups, beginning at age three and continuing through the teen years. They seek to inspire a love of gardening and the natural world in our youth, not only to improve and maintain our environment but also to share the sheer fun of “digging in the dirt”. Membership benefits include:
- Introduction to the art and science of gardening using fundamental math, reading and writing skills, as well as practical applications.
- Increased awareness of the environment, natural resources, ecology, conservation, composting, and recycling.
- Help in raising standardized test scores, especially in science.
- Encouragement of creativity through observing the cycle of life.
- Development of leadership skills.
- Opportunity for participation and recognition in state, regional and national contests and awards.
- Possibility of future hobbies and career opportunities.
There is a lot of supported information and award information at the NGC – Youth site
An example is the Native Plant project with the Girl Scouts.
THE ROSTER OF YOUTH CLUBS IS LOCATED IN THE MEMBERS ONLY SECTION OF WEBSITE.
ALL ITEMS MUST BE RECEIVED BY THE GCNC YOUTH CHAIRMAN ON OR BEFORE THE DATE INDICATED BELOW:
December 1 – Entries for all SAR and NGC awards (except for the Smokey Bear/Woodsy Owl poster contest; that deadline is January 21st.)
March 1 –YGC-dues-form10-29-18 and a check for $10.00 payable to GCNC and MAILED to the GCNC State Office and the Rating Form EMAILED to State Youth Chairman . (New instructions this year)
YGC dues form. mail to the GCNC State Office
Rating sheet for YGC 2017-19 e-mail the State Youth Chairman
March 1 – Entries for all GCNC awards
April 1 – Favors for the Youth Banquet at the GCNC Annual Meeting
There are 41 Youth Garden Clubs with 1,432 members in North Carolina. For complete information on the youth program, contact the GCNC Youth Chairman, Marilyn Wright, 818 Jakes Mountain Road, Deep Gap, NC 28618, 828-264-9727, firstname.lastname@example.org