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2nd Graders Visit Orchard

Posted 6/11/2007

  • WHO: Bracken Elementary School 2nd graders
  • WHAT: Tour & presentations
  • WHERE: Center for Urban Horticulture and Water Conservation Center (directions below)
  • WHEN: Tuesday, May 22, 2007 - 10 a.m. to Noon
  • WHY: To learn about pollination, fruit development, fertilization & pruning
  • HOW: Visit and presentations

The Center for Urban Horticulture and Water Conservation is a 10-acre university center located in North Las Vegas, which provides education, research and demonstrations to the residents of southern Nevada on issues related to the use of water and horticultural crops in urban and peri-urban landscapes. Co-operators in the center include the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension (UNCE), UNLV, UNR and the City of North Las Vegas. The center is supported primarily by funds from University of Nevada Cooperative Extension and University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and those generated from internal and external grants from the Southern Nevada Water Authority, the Las Vegas Valley Water District and the Clark County Sanitation District among others.

In the past, the center has provided research and education to support the growing golf course and landscape industry's need for better methods to estimate landscape water use for improved irrigation efficiency, the use of recycled water to help extend the current water supply and more recently the recycling of biosolids for use in urban landscapes. Current projects underway total more than $300,000 in external funding.

The Center also houses UNCE's Master Gardener Orchard, which tests and demonstrates over 600 fruit trees for adaptability to the harsh southern Nevada climate and soils. Other UNCE areas under expansion at the Center include a vegetable trial garden, 6,000-square-foot greenhouse, new ornamental plant introductions and testing of native wildflowers for revegetation.

A new partnership has been formed between UNCE and UNLV College of Science which will allow for additional expansion of the Center. The Center will provide educational programs and research opportunities for UNLV students participating in their new horticulture program in conjunction with the Community College of Southern Nevada.

DIRECTIONS: The Orchard is located 100 yards east of the intersection of North Decatur and Horse Drive in North Las Vegas. The easiest way to reach The Orchard while roads are under construction is to take CC 215 (North part of the Beltway) to Aliante Parkway. Drive north on Aliante Parkway 1.9 miles to Horse Drive. Turn left (West) on Horse Drive for 0.9 miles to The Orchard.

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