Desert Green Log 2014

Smart alternatives for tomorrow’s landscapes

The annual Desert Green conference co-sponsored by Cooperative Extension has initiated many changes for 2014. The dates are November 6-7 and the new location is the Henderson Convention Center located at 200 S. Water St., Henderson, Nev.

Tapping into the Future: smart alternative for tomorrow’s landscape” focuses on water conservation and new ways to offer sustainable turf and landscapes for the arid Southwest. The conference features two days concurrent seminar tracks, table top displays and a green industry mixer. Keynote speaker, Jim Downer, is a perennial favorite at the conference and will offer his view of industry changes plus educational sessions.



Acacia Park

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

Southern Area Master Gardeners—for the 10th year—will offer a series of free classes at Acacia Park in the fall. Classes are offered in partnership with the City of Henderson Parks and Recreation Department and are published in the “Henderson Happenings.” All classes, taught by University of Nevada Cooperative Extension Master Gardener instructors and begin on Nov. 1 at 9 a.m. and continue through November, each week a different topic. Pre-registration is requested through the City of Henderson Parks Department.

Parents and children will participate in reading and language activities

Family Storyteller Logo

Cooperative Extension is offering a parent/child interactive literacy series at the Whitney Ranch Recreation Center this fall. Family Storyteller program is a six week program aimed at encouraging and training parents to play a vital role in the early literacy development of their children. The class meets each Tuesday from 12:30-1:30 p.m. Parents and their children will participate in reading and language activities together. Session II begins on October 28 and ends on December 2.

 Whitney Ranch Recreation Center is located at 1575 Galleria Drive, Henderson, Nev. Register for the 6-week series online at\parks or at the information desk at the center, 702-267-5850.

Squash bugs (Anasa tristis) are common pests on plants in the cucurbit family, including squash, pumpkin, melon, cucumber and zucchini. Leaves may develop small specks that turn yellow, then brown beyond the point of attack. Vines start to wilt, and parts of the plant blacken, turn crisp and die. Young plants may completely succumb to a squash bug infestation. If infested plants survive, their yield can be greatly reduced. FS-08-22 explains how to control them in your home gardens!

Squash Bug Nymphs

Squash Bug Nymphs


Photo of Pumpkin patch

This pumpkin patch is located at the Lifelong Learning Center’s Outdoor Education Center.


Honored with the National and Western Region awards for Human Development/Family Relationships

Little Books & Litle Cooks Logo

Early Care and Education Specialist YaeBin Kim received the First Place National Award in the human development/family relationships program category for her “Little Books and Little Cooks” nutrition and early literacy program from the National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences a few weeks ago at the Association’s annual meeting in Lexington, Ken.

The Little Books and Little Cooks Program was developed by Kim and is based on the premise that cooking offers children a way to learn pre-kindergarten skills and good nutrition, and to try nutritious foods. Parents also learn about good nutrition, positive feeding practices and positive parent-child interaction skills by reading, cooking and eating together with their children.