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Nevada Naturalist’s schedule open house on Feb. 27

Posted 2/1/2016

Nevada Naturalists at Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge.

Nevada Naturalists enjoy a field trip to Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge.

If you love the outdoors, this is the program for you!

Do you love the outdoors? Enjoy exploring the natural world in southern Nevada? Like learning about native plants and animals? Wonder how you can volunteer and participate in conservation projects locally? Then, the Nevada Naturalist program is for you! Drop by the Lifelong Learning Center on Saturday, February 27 between 8:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. and chat with current Nevada Naturalists, meet instructors, see interesting and educational project presentations, participate in activities, learn about exciting volunteer opportunities, tour the Outdoor Education Center and more.

Nevada Naturalist, a University of Nevada Cooperative Extension program, focuses on giving a broad understanding of nature to participants interested in learning, volunteering, teaching 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 Lifelong Learning Center is located at 8050 Paradise Road, Las Vegas, Nev. The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. For more information on the open house or the Nevada Naturalist program, email or call Denise Parsons at 702-948-5906.

The Nevada Naturalist program offers two semesters of instruction. Topics include: ecology, regional plants and animals, 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 receive a certificate following the completion of the course and their projects.

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