Food for Thoughts Logo

The Food for Thoughts program is designed to help teachers to use the outdoor environment for their classroom.  Children and teachers can grow to love the outdoor classroom together with a school garden. When students grow something outside, they learn to care about their school, and to eat what they grow. Students get exercise, teachers get an alternative to the normal lesson plan and everyone benefits!  Taking education outside helps students gain new perspectives, better attitudes and builds a desire for learning. Science, math, journal writing, art and storytelling are just some of the lessons which can be incorporated into a school garden. The options for learning outdoors are limited only by your imagination. Visit the Food for Thoughts website for more information.

Worms and Seed Planging

Students analyze worms and plant seeds

Cooperative Extension is holding information and registration sessions for the upcoming Fall 2010 Master Gardener Training on Wednesday, May 12 or June 9 from 9-10 a.m. at the UNCE Lifelong Learning Center. The fall training class begins in September. Classes will be held from 9 a.m. – Noon on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings.  There are twenty-four classes.   

Master Gardener LogoThe 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 72 hours of horticultural instruction and volunteer 50 hours on community projects each year. Click here for details.

Apple TreeLean how to grow lots of fruit in small landscape spaces this Sunday, May 2, from 9 a.m. to Noon. The objectives of the workshop are to prolong the season-long harvest of tree-ripe fruit from small spaces; to plant multiple trees in a single space; and to keep fruit trees small through proper management. The workshop will be held at Doug Taylor’s Residence, 1504 Crestwood (west and north of Eastern and Oakey). For more information, contact Bob Morris.

Grant Writing Class

Interactive Class Instruction

The Nuts and Bolts of Grant Writing will be offered on May 11 and May 27. The one-day class session will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Lifelong Learning Center located at 8050 Paradise Road, Las Vegas, (I-215 and Windmill Lane).

During the day, non-profit and government organization participants will learn how to: develop a community needs assessment, set goals, write outcome objectives, create a working budget, develop a budget and a budget narrative and much more. The class instructor is Pamela Kahn-Van Pelt, grant and resource specialist for Cooperative Extension. Click here to register.

Master Gardener Orchard

Orchard Volunteers

Cooperative Extension’s Master Gardener Orchard in North Las Vegas offers home-grown fruit for purchase. The Orchard is open to the public on volunteer days—Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday mornings from 7 a.m. to noon. Beginning in May, apricots will be ripe. There is also fruit wood available for smoking and grilling at $1 per pound. The Orchard offers bee boxes—usually a $5 donation for the basic box. For information and directions to the Orchard click here!