Nevada Naturalist LogoNevada Naturalist, a University of Nevada Cooperative Extension program, is looking for interested adults to participate. The Nevada Naturalist program educates and trains adults interested in learning about the natural resources in southern Nevada. Participants study natural resources, environmental education and interpretation, laws and regulations, and environmental issues.

     The focus of the program is to give a broad understanding of nature to participants interested in learning, volunteering, teaching, and participating in conservation projects and issues. The program will also give participants the skills and confidence necessary to make a difference for environmental stewardship and conservation in Southern Nevada.

     The Nevada Naturalist program offers two semesters of instruction. Topics include: ecology, regional plants and animals, invasive species, geology and soils, environmental laws, taxonomy, biological diversity, and more.  Classes are held in the spring and fall in a variety of settings including classrooms, museums and in the field. Additionally, students complete a project intended to increase their capacity and knowledge about specific issues that interest them. Participants receive a certificate following the completion of the course and their projects.

     The program is open to individuals of all backgrounds. The spring semester begins April 2, 2012.  Details!

Photos of NV Naturalist class participants

Woman pruning plantA special, spring Saturday series of landscape tours will be offered at the Demonstration Gardens on Cooperative Extension’s campus.  The first—preparing for spring landscape tour—what to prune, what to replace is scheduled for Saturday, February 25 at 10 a.m. The tours are free and open to the public.

To join the tour, 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 or email lvmastergardeners@unce.unr.edu for more information.

Future tour dates are Saturday, March 24 at 10 a.m.—the early bloomers landscape tour—paint your garden with color and Saturday, April 14 at 10 a.m.—spring is here landscape tour—desert plants come alive.

Volunteer Master Gardeners will discuss desert adapted plants which can be successfully grown in the home landscape.  The Demonstration Gardens contain over 500 species of desert appropriate landscape plants, including: trees, shrubs, perennials, palms, cacti and agaves.   Plants are identified by botanical and common names.  The grounds are open for self-guided walk-a-bouts on weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Young Man Holding Closed SignIn observance of President’s Day, all Cooperative Extension offices will be closed on Monday, February 20. Regular hours will resume on Tuesday, February 21. Thank you.

Basket of VegetablesJoin University of Nevada Cooperative Extension (UNCE) on Saturday, February 25 for a workshop on Gardening in Small Places-Vegetables from 8 a.m. to noon. The class, taught by Dr. Angela O’Callaghan, is designed to show you how to make the most of your small space. Topics such as types of containers to use, differences in potting mixes, using artificial light, fertilizers, success with seeds and more will be covered. Homeowners and other interested parties are welcome to attend.

     Class space is limited and pre-registration is required. There is a $25 fee which includes class materials.  To register, click here!