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Become a Nevada Naturalist

Posted 3/14/2008

LAS VEGAS-University of Nevada Cooperative Extension is launching a new program, Nevada Naturalist, and is looking for interested adults to participate. The Nevada Naturalist program educates and trains adult volunteers in Southern Nevada about natural resources. Participants study the natural resources of the area, environmental education and interpretation, laws and regulations, and environmental issues.

The focus of the program is to give a broad understanding of nature to participants interested in learning, volunteering and participating in conservation projects and issues. The program will also give participants the skills and confidence necessary to make a difference for environmental stewardship and conservation in Southern Nevada.

The Nevada Naturalist program offers two 50-hour semesters of instruction. Topics include: ecology, regional plants and animals, archaeology, invasive species, geology and soils, environmental laws, taxonomy, biological diversity, and more. Classes are held in the spring and fall in a variety of settings including classrooms, museums, and in the field. Additionally, students complete a project intended to increase their capacity and knowledge about specific issues that interest them. Participants are considered Nevada Naturalists after the completion of the course and their projects. The program is open to individuals of all backgrounds. The cost is $75 per semester. For more information on this program, or to register, please contact Denise Parsons at (702) 948-5906 or e-mail parsonsd@unce.unr.edu.

The Nevada Naturalist Program is sponsored and coordinated by the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension. The program capitalizes on the incredible expertise of individuals and organizations in Southern Nevada who are partners and participating instructors.

Along with University of Nevada Cooperative Extension, participating partners include: Southern Nevada Water Authority, Nevada Division of Forestry, UNLV Public Lands Institute, The Henderson Bird Preserve, The Springs Preserve, Red Rock Conservation Area, Nevada Division of Wildlife, State of Nevada Museum and Historical Society, Las Vegas Museum of Natural History and the National Park Service.

University of Nevada Cooperative Extension is an outreach arm of the University that extends unbiased, research-based knowledge from University of Nevada-and other land-grant universities-to local communities. Educational programs are developed based on local needs, sometimes in partnership with other agencies and volunteers. For more information about University of Nevada Cooperative Extension, please visit the website at www.unce.unr.edu or call (702) 222-3130.

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