University of Nevada Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners will offer a series of free classes at Acacia Park in conjunction with the Henderson Parks and Recreation Department. All classes will be taught by Master Gardener instructors and begin at 9 a.m. The line-up includes:

  • October 8, Composting—What is composting and how can it help with home landscapes?  Is it difficult?  Will it require a lot of time?  Does it take a special machine or tub?   Come and learn from the Master Gardeners all about composting and how it can benefit you and your landscape.
  • October 15, Container Gardening—How can plants survive the cold of winter and heat of summer?  It would be nice to have a garden, but there is so little space in your yard.  Master Gardeners will discuss how container gardening allows you to have a garden year round and the flexibility to change your garden to fit the seasons.  It will also tell you how to create and make a container garden.
  • October 29, Trick & Treats—Our Master Gardeners have a few trick (and treats) up their sleeves as they introduce kids to a few fun and festive plant projects as the Halloween Holiday approaches.

For more information, please call the Master Gardener Help Desk at 702-257-5555 or email

Acacia Park

Acacia Park, 50 Casa Del Fuego St., Henderson, NV 89015 (Gibson Road & Las Palmas Entradas Avenue

4-H LogoOn October 5, 2011, 4-H youth in Clark County will join millions of young people across the nation to become scientists for the day during the fourth annual 4-H National Youth Science Day (NYSD). Local 4-H youth will demonstrate the wind energy technologies at the Neighborhood Recreation Center located at 1638 N. Bruce St., North Las Vegas 89030.  The demonstration will take place at 3:30 p.m.

As part of 4-H NYSD, youth will participate in Wired for Wind: the 2011 National Science Experiment which will demonstrate how young people can implement alternatives to traditional energy production and have a positive impact on their communities and ecosystems.

To combat a national shortage of young people pursuing science college majors and occupations, and to enhance the nation’s contribution to the sciences, 4-H NYSD demonstrates that science, engineering, math and technology are fun and attainable options for college degrees and future careers.

Currently, more than five million young people across the nation participate in 4-H science, engineering, technology and applied math year-long programming. Through the One Million New Scientists, One Million New Ideas campaign, 4-H is working toward a bold goal to engage one million new young people in science, engineering, technology and applied math programs by the year 2013. Details!

LifeStories Nevada has added an October series of classes in Henderson at Sun City MacDonald Ranch. The free classes open to the public, will be held on October 7, 14, 21 & 28 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., at the clubhouse located at 2020 W. Horizon Ridge Parkway, Henderson.

LifeStories Nevada is a program of University of Nevada Cooperative Extension that helps older adults record their life stories for themselves and future generations.

In the four weekly classes, instructors aid would-be memoirists sort through their memories and organize how they want to tell their story. Participants share stories with each other, a process that often sparks new memories, and provide positive feedback to one another.

For more information, or to register contact Jean Norman at 702-940-5423 or email You can also visit the LifeStories website at or click here!

Cooperative Extension and the South Valley Rose Society are collaborating and offeringRed Rose educational meetings during the fall.  The meetings are free and open to the public.

September 22, 2011—Getting Ready for Backyard Rose Expo—Steve and Janet Schneider, together have over 25 years experience growing roses and founders of the South Valley Rose Society and Consulting Rosarian, will discuss the types of roses to plant according to amended Horticulture Specimen Classes list; the classifications explained; how to choose specimens; transporting specimens and completing entry forms.

All educational meetings will be held at 6 p.m. at the Lifelong Learning Center located at 8050 Paradise Road, Las Vegas (I-215 and Windmill Lane). For more information and future dates, please click here!

Photo of a Cactus Plant in Bloom

Desert Garden Tours

Continuing the special Saturday series of desert landscape tours, the next tour, Now’s the Time to Plant, will be on Saturday, October 1 at 9 a.m.  Held at the Demonstration Gardens on Cooperative Extension’s campus., the tour is free and open to the public.  Meet in the Courtyard at the Lifelong Learning Center located at 8050 Paradise Road, Las Vegas, NV 89123 (I-215 and Windmill Lane).  Contact the Master Gardener Help Desk at 702-257-5555 for more information. The next tour will be on Saturday, November 19 at 10 a.m. Click here for details.