WindmillCooperative Extension and the Nevada State Energy Sector Partnership (SESP) created the free Horticulture Education & Environmental Sustainability (HEES) series beginning in January.

Here is your chance to collaborate with industry leaders in horticulture on best practices and processes; learn horticulture energy, water, and natural resource conservation tools; and learn principles of sustainability and energy efficiency that upgrade technical and green skills, foster job retention, career laddering, internal advancement and professional growth.

Classes include: Horticulture Water Conservation; Horticulture Sustainability; Landscaping for Energy Efficiency; and Horticulture Natural Resource Conservation. For class dates and details, click here!

Desert LandscapeIn an effort to educate the green industry and arborist community on tree care and best practices, Cooperative Extension, the Southern Nevada Arborist Group, Shade Tree Council and Nevada Division of Forestry present the Annual Professional Tree Care Seminar and Workshop in English and in Spanish. This year, the emphasis will be on tree care: best practices, new trees and starting right. The seminar will be held at Cooperative Extension’s Lifelong Learning Center located at 8050 Paradise Road, LV 89123.

      The English language seminar will be held on February 3 and the Spanish language seminar will be held on Friday, February 10.  Both seminars will be held from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. with early registration beginning at 6:30 a.m. For more information and to register, click here!

Food for Thoughts LogoThe Food for Thoughts program is starting a new Junior Master Gardener (JMG) program at the Lifelong Learning Center in February.  There is a new, children’s garden that is nearly completed with a 40’ diameter, circular garden. When completed, the garden will include musical components, a grapevine tunnel, a sunflower playhouse and a human sundial among other features. This two year program for children ages 7 and over, teaches children about the environment and the plants and animals that live in it.  Classes will be held on the second and fourth Saturdays in spring and fall.

Junior Master Gardener LogoThere is also a JMG program operating at the Children’s Garden located at the Center for Urban Horticulture and Water Conservation in North Las Vegas.  There is a beautiful garden with fruit trees, grape vines, artichokes, strawberries and many other features. Registration for the spring program is ongoing. Junior Master Gardener MascotThe classes at this Center will be held the first and third Saturdays of the month and are open to children ages 7 and over. Details!

Angelagrace, a 7th grade student at Helen Cannon Junior High in Las Vegas, is the winner of the 2012 Nevada State Radon Poster Contest sponsored by University of Nevada Cooperative Extension’s (UNCE) Radon Education Program.  Taking second place, was 6th grade student Leah from Hyde Park Middle School in Las Vegas.  The third place winner was Carolena, a 6th grade student at Hunsberger Elementary in Reno.

The 1st and 2nd place Nevada poster contest winners will be presented an award check during a ceremony to be held on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2012, at 4:30 p.m., at the UNCE office, located at 8050 Paradise Road in Las Vegas.  The public is invited to attend this ceremony.

This is the third year that the Nevada Radon Education Program has offered the contest to children, ages 9 to 14. The goal of the poster contest is to raise awareness of the harmful effects of elevated levels of indoor radon gas in home.

This year’s contest had 12 entries from students in Washoe and Clark counties.  Entrants chose from five poster topics: What is radon? Where does radon come from? How does radon get into our homes? Radon can cause lung cancer and Test your home for radon.

The top three Nevada posters were also entered into the national poster contest, sponsored by Kansas State University and the EPA. This year, 1,440 posters were submitted from 30 different states and tribal nations. The first, second and third place national contest winners, as well as a special online winner, will receive cash prizes.

For more information, contact Laura Au-Yeung at 702-257-5550.

Pictures of the 1st, 2nd, 3rd place winning posters

2012 Radon Poster Contest Winning Posters

Woman pruning plantCooperative Extension’s Master Gardener Orchard is offering four winter pruning classes in January. Learn how to prune your fruit trees correctly for high-quality fruit production. Classes begin at 9 a.m. and repeat each hour until Noon.

Robert “Bob” Morris, professor emeritus for Cooperative Extension and horticulturist will be leading the instruction. The topic for January 7 is apples, pears and quince; January 14, fertilizing fruit trees and pest control; January 21, figs, pomegranates and persimmons; and January 28, almonds and pistachios.

Reservations are not required. The Orchard is located at 7700 Horse Drive, North Las Vegas (100 yards east of the intersection of North Decatur and Horse Drive. Take I-15 or I-95 North to the CC215 and exit North Decatur going north. Horse Drive is about 3 ½ miles north of the CC215 exit).

A $5 donation is requested for the classes to help support educational research at the Orchard.  For more information, click here!