Searching for fun, educational activities for your children this summer?

Check out Cooperative Extension’s Junior Master Gardener™ (JMG) program. Beginning in June, your child can experience hands-on gardening activities Summer 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.

photo collage of 4-H kids

4-H kids enjoying the Demonstration Gardens at the Lifelong Learning Center

The Junior Master Gardener program is open to all children ages 6-12. The 8-session summer season classes are held from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. each week.

If you live in the north part of the valley, there are weekly Friday Junior Master Gardener classes at the Research Center and Demonstration Orchard (4600 Horse Road, North Las Vegas, Nev.) from June 17 to August 5.

If you live in the south part of the valley, the Tuesday Junior Master Gardener classes will be held at the Lifelong Learning Center’s Outdoor Education Center (8050 Paradise Road, Las Vegas, Nev.) from June 14 to August 2.

No 4-H experience is required!


Living With Fire LogoRegistration is open for the Wildfire Awareness Half Marathon and 5K Trail Runs in Clark and Washoe counties, hosted by Cooperative Extension’s Living With Fire Program in partnership with the Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Forest Service and Desert Sky Adventures.
All proceeds from the races will be donated to the Wildland Firefighter Foundation.
The Southern Nevada Wildland Fire Awareness Half Marathon and 5K Run is May 1, 8 a.m. – noon, at the new Spring Mountain Visitor’s Gateway, 2525 Kyle Canyon Road in Mt. Charleston.
See you there!


kite• Take your child to the park. Fly a kite, kick a soccer ball, or play a game of tag.
• Encourage your child to walk the dog (or your neighbor’s dog) after school. Make this a routine to do together.
• Ask your child to help you clean the house. Turn on the music and dance while you sweep, dust, or vacuum.

Produce tips:
• Fresh spinach can be found loose or bagged.spinach
• Choose fresh spinach leaves that are green and crisp. Avoid leaves that are limp, damaged, or spotted.
• Store fresh spinach in an open plastic bag in the refrigerator for up to four days.
• Rinse spinach leaves in cool water and pat dry just before using.
• Spinach can also be found canned or frozen. Choose low-sodium varieties.
Healthy serving ideas:
• Use fresh spinach to make a tasty salad. Add sliced mandarins or dried berries and toss with low-fat balsamic vinaigrette.
• Add chopped frozen spinach to lasagna, casseroles and soups.
• Stir-fry fresh, canned, or frozen spinach. Add garlic, onion, chopped bell peppers, carrots, or other favorite vegetables for a colorful dish.