Membership in the National Junior Horticultural Association is achieved by attending a convention or participation in any NJHA project or activity. There is no enrollment or membership fee. If one should need questions answered, please contact the Executive Secretary.

Carole S. Carney
15 Railroad Avenue
Homer City, PA 15748


The focus of NJHA is summed up with the acronym HYCEL:

Let NJHA introduce you to all the possibilities of the world of gardening. Whether you like to grow plants, give a presentation, take photos, experiment with gardening, or learn how to identify plants, NJHA has an activity for you. While most of the projects and activities are completed by yourself, many of the programs can be multi-person projects such as 4-H, FFA, scouts, vocational horticulture and agriculture groups, and other gardening groups.

Independent youth participate directly in NJHA. With the exception of the Young America Project, Reports and the Horticulture Contest, NJHA does not provide horticultural subject matter information. The speeches, demonstrations, project reports, etc. provide opportunities for youth to gain experience and recognition at the national level. All subject matter presented should be in accordance with accepted practices and knowledge of horticulture science.

The Cooperative Extension Service in your state is a good source for scientifically accurate information. Instructors and leaders in programs for physically or mentally challenged youth may use and adapt NJHA project materials. Special recognition may be provided for reports that are clearly identified with respect to these individuals and/or groups. Recognition is based on individual or group progress. NJHA is organized through a network of state leaders. These individuals determine eligibility rules for participants to compete at the annual NJHA convention.

Youth in States that have a state leader vacancy may participate by contacting the NJHA National Program Chairman or the Executive Secretary.


Age eligibility for participation in NJHA projects and activities is for youth 22 years of age and under. Not all projects are open to all age levels. Specific ages are specified in the requirements for each activity. Grouping by ages allows youth to compete against other youth with similar abilities. Group projects are to be entered in the age division in accordance with the age of the oldest individual in the group. (Note: eligibility is based on an individual’s age as of December 31 of the year of project participation.)

NJHA is organized in the United States around a network of state leaders. Project participation from outside the USA is encouraged. If any of these activities are of interest, you should get in touch with the National Program Chairperson or Vice Program Chairperson or the Executive Secretary. Project reports should be submitted in English.