beets and lettuceJoin Cooperative Extension on Saturday, February 14 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 for the vegetables workshop include types of containers to use, differences in potting mixes, using artificial light, fertilizers, success with seeds and more. Homeowners and other interested parties are welcome to attend. Registration is available online.

Tortoise Group logoCooperative Extension’s Nevada Naturalist program presents Desert Tortoises: issues and solutions on February 12 at 7 p.m. Join Jim Cornall, executive director, and Janina Little, adoption coordinator, Tortoise Group, at this free event as they discuss issues facing desert tortoises including: “backyard breeding;” why pet and wild desert tortoises don’t mix; and challenges facing tortoises that are introduced back into the wild. The 2015 Lecture Series will be held at the Lifelong Learning Center located at 8050 Paradise Road, Las Vegas, Nev. For more information, contact Denise Parsons at 702-948-5906 or email parsonsd@unce.unr.edu.

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The Junior Master Gardener program offers a great learning experience!

If you live in the north part of the valley and are searching for fun, educational activities for your children this spring, check out University of Nevada Cooperative Extension’s Junior Master Gardener™ program. Beginning in February, your child can experience hands-on gardening activities while learning about plants, water, soil, veggies and more, with an end product they can eat! In addition, your child can learn leadership skills, service, safety with tools, community service and much more from this 4-H program.