Youth Programs

Who still needs us? Oregon’s Youth!

Our own YOUTH ACTIVITY PROGRAM was new in 2015. So far, we have used it to fund ten scholarships for Youth Club registrations. Other opportunities will present themselves as the fund grows.

Keep Oregon Green.com

Remember how they enriched our grade school days?  Check their website to see how they’ve developed new programs perfect for today’s kids.

Salem Garden Club Youth Education Fund 

Originally set up when Salem Garden Club disbanded. These funds are available by application for youth programs and educational materials. The available portion of this fund is nearing depletion unless it receives donations.  More information, click here.

Other Youth Programs

National Garden Clubs, Inc.  Youth Program


Pacific Region Garden Clubs Youth Program


Fred Meyer Community Awards Program


Do you shop at Fred Meyer? If so, you are now able to link your Rewards Card to the OSFGC Youth Activity Program. If you do not have a Rewards Card, you can sign up for one at the Customer Service Desk of any Fred Meyer store, sign up online (above) or call 1-866-221-414. The OSFGC organization number is 91407.

Youth Contests

Chairman: Saundra Rassi, hatl8e@aol.com

Deadline: December 1

Youth in kindergarten through 9th grade, in regular and special education classes, may enter this poetry contest. Poems do not have to rhyme and may be written in any of various forms. Entries must be appropriately prepared and submitted to the State Chairman. First places will be forwarded, if eligible, to both Regional and National Chairmen for award consideration. State winners will be awarded cash prizes.

Contact this chairman for complete rules or refer to the National Garden Clubs, Inc. website


Poetry Themes

2018-2019 Pop Goes the Seed

Chairman: Sue Martino, martino116@charter.net

Deadline: December 1

The essay must be between 600-700 words, with all words counted. See Essay Themes below. All students grade 9 through 12 are eligible.

The state winner will receive a $100 cash prize and it will be sent to Pacific Region for judging. The national winner of the High School Essay contest will receive a $1,000 NGC Scholarship.

Contact this chairman for complete rules and scale of points for judging or refer to the NGC website:


Essay Contest Themes

2018-2019 The Impact of Bottled Water on the Environment and the Water Supply

Chairman: Carolyn Olley, molley1755@comcast.net

Deadline: January 10

The Youth Sculpture Contest is sponsored by National Garden Clubs, Inc. Its purpose is to encourage youth to help keep our planet green by reusing discarded materials in a creative way. Children in grades 4 through 8 are eligible to enter.

The Contest Rules and a Scale of Points are posted on the NGC website


First places will be forwarded, if eligible, to both Regional and National Chairmen for award consideration. State winners will receive cash prizes.

Youth Gardens

The Children’s Garden at Legacy Emmanuel Hospital. Portland OR


Children’s Garden at The Oregon Garden. Silverton OR



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