Junior Master Gardener MascotHave you been searching for fun, educational activities for your children over the summer? Check out Cooperative Extension’s Junior Master Gardener (JMG) program. Beginning in June, your child will experience hands-on gardening activities while learning about plants, water, soil, veggies and more! They will learn to garden for healthy foods with an end product they can eat. In addition, your child will learn leadership skills, service, safety with tools and much more.

All children, ages 7-12 are invited to attend the program. The 8-week class fee is $30. Classes are held from 8-11 a.m. If you live in the north part of the valley, there are Saturday JMG classes at the Master Gardener Orchard (Horse Road/Decatur).  If you live in the south part of the valley, the Wednesday JMG classes are held at the Lifelong Learning Center’s Outdoor Education Center (I-215/Windmill Lane). At the end of this 8-week summer program, your child will receive a certificate and an invitation to attend JMG Part II offered in the fall. Details!

Master Gardener LogoWould you like to become a Master Gardener? The Master Gardener program teaches sustainable desert gardening practices, including proper plant selection and care, disease and pest management and water-efficient gardening.  To become a Master Gardener, an individual must complete 80 hours of horticultural instruction and volunteer 50 hours on community projects each year.  The Master Gardener title can only be used when performing volunteer work on behalf of the University.

Volunteer projects are on-going at Acacia Park, the Nathan Adelson Hospice and the Las Vegas Springs Preserve. Additional projects include the Doolittle and Lieburn Senior Center Community Gardens, the Master Gardener Orchard and Nellis AFB Environmental Grove.

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4-H LogoCooperative Extension Southern Area’s 4-H camp is being held at the Nevada State 4-H Camp at beautiful Lake Tahoe from July 29-August 4, 2012. Registration is open to campers between the ages of 9-15 until the camp is full.

     This year’s camp utilizes the 4-H Science, Engineering and Technology (S.E.T) program.  During the seven days, campers will participate in activities centering on nature, healthy lifestyles, alternative energy, Global Positioning Systems (GPS), rocketry, dramatic arts, leadership, creative arts, and much more.

     Cost of the camp is $350 and includes transportation, meals and activities.  If you would like your child to attend camp, click here!

4-H LogoIt’s time to register for Cooperative Extension’s Science, Technology, Engineering & Math day camp from June 19-21. The day camp, open to youth ages 9-13, will include activities in plant & animal sciences, health & nutrition, computer science, robotics and rocketry.

     Youth participants will get to build and program a robot and build and launch paper rockets (weather pending). Other activities include cooking healthy snacks, viewing and handling some desert animals, exploring desert plant life, playing cooperative games and using computer programs.  For details and to register, click here!

Master Gardener LogoCooperative Extension (UNCE) will hold an information and registration session for the upcoming Fall 2012 Master Gardener Training on Wednesday, May 16, 2012 at 8:30 a.m. at the Lifelong Learning Center, 8050 Paradise Road, Las Vegas, NV 89123. Master Gardeners are volunteers who teach, assist and work with community partners on projects across the Las Vegas valley.  The Master Gardener program is open to adults who accept the stringent training and volunteer commitments.

Fall semester classes will be offered on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings (8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.) beginning Monday, September 10 through Monday, October 29.  Attendance at all twenty classes is required.

The Master Gardener program teaches sustainable desert gardening practices, including proper plant selection and care, disease and pest management and water-efficient gardening.  To become a Master Gardener, an individual must complete 80 hours of horticultural instruction and volunteer 50 hours on community projects each year.  The Master Gardener title can only be used when performing volunteer work on behalf of the University.

Volunteer projects are on-going at Acacia Park, the Nathan Adelson Hospice and the Las Vegas Springs Preserve. Additional projects include the Doolittle and Lieburn Senior Center Community Gardens, the Master Gardener Orchard and Nellis AFB Environmental Grove.

Click here for details!