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The Junior Master Gardener program offers a great learning experience!

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.

Classes are offered in the north and south part of the valley.

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Radon Test Kit

January is National Radon Action Month, and Cooperative Extension’s Radon Education Program is offering educational presentations at various locations.

Free test kits will also be available at the presentations.

Radon is a naturally occurring, radioactive gas that is colorless, odorless and tasteless. It comes from the ground and can accumulate in homes, raising the risk of lung cancer.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates 21,000 Americans die each year from radon-caused lung cancer, killing more people than secondhand smoke, drunk driving, falls in the home, drowning or house fires.

Schedule meeting locations, dates and times are listed on the website.

Woman pruning roses

Join Steve Schneider, Consulting Rosarian, on January 28 for a demonstration on the proper pruning of roses.

The class will be broken into small groups and consulting rosarians will prune and explain the nuances of the different varieties: hybrid teas, floribundas, shrubs, miniatures and climbers.

Please bring you gloves and pruners.

The workshop is free and open to the public.

Line of Red rosesLearn all about seasonal rose care at the award-winning Master Gardener’s Rose Garden.

Hands-on demonstration classes will provide tips for getting your rose garden ready for spring bloom.

The Master Gardeners continue to offer weekly tours of the entire Demonstration and Test Gardens each Friday at 10 a.m.

The gardens contain over 1000 species of desert appropriate landscape plants, including: trees, shrubs, perennials, palms, cacti and agaves.

Plants are identified by botanical and common names.

Mulch PilePeople who live in southern Nevada know that desert winters, particularly winter nights, can be surprisingly chilly, even freezing at times.

The stress is extreme, especially during freaky winters when nighttime temperatures can drop significantly below freezing.

Read about the benefits of winter mulch.