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Nevada Naturalist’s 2016 conference

Posted 9/13/2016

University of Nevada Cooperative Extension hosts statewide conference in October

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The Wetland’s Park Nature Center at night. Photo by Kirk Gittings.

A dynamic conference, “The Rewards of Preserving Southern Nevada’s Natural Resources” is being held at two picturesque locations: 1) University of Nevada Cooperative Extension’s Lifelong Learning Center on October 21, and 2) Clark County Wetlands Park on October 22-23 for Nevada Naturalist participants and others who are interested in gaining knowledge about environmental issues and conservation projects in Nevada; as well as learning about volunteer opportunities that will make a positive difference in their community.

The 2 1/2-day conference features a unique keynote; sessions on environmental topics specific to Nevada presented by notable speakers from arounds the State; a meet and greet; a Lake Mead cruise: morning yoga; a silent auction; a hike ’til dusk, and more.

Join keynote speaker Jacquie Chandler and Penelope Curtis of "Sustainable Tahoe," the group responsible for the highly successful, "Tahoe Expo," a region-wide showcase of sustainable and seldom-seen adventures and explorations encompassing the 8 Worlds of Lake Tahoe. During the workshop you will learn how incorporating 12 geo-tourism principles can lead to greater rewards in the preservation of our natural resources.

There will be additional sessions on environmental topics specific to Nevada presented by notable speakers from around the State including John Burpee, superintendent of Tule Springs Fossil Beds National Monument; Fabiana Ubben, producer of Outdoor Nevada; Jaina Moan, executive director of Friends of Gold Butte, and more.

Chat with representatives from local environmental conservation organizations such as Inspiring Connections Outdoors, Red Rock Search and Rescue; Red Rock Canyon Interpretive Association, Friends of Desert Wildlife Refuges and others; visit "one-on-one" with our distinguished keynotes; tour the Outdoor Education Center, and more in a unique "Meet and Greet" held at the Lifelong Learning Center.

Embark on a Lake Mead cruise showcasing southern Nevada history. Join Wetlands Park staff for an exclusive hike ’til dusk! Bid on unique items during our "Silent Auction"! Enjoy the spectacular sunrise during morning yoga up on the Nature Center observation deck and more.

The conference fee includes materials, two continental breakfasts, three coffee breaks, two lunches, hors d’oeuvres during the meet and greet, and the Lake Mead cruise. Full conference registration is $99, after Oct. 14, $125.

Denise Parsons is the conference contact and can be reached by email or call 702-948-5906.

Online conference registration is available through

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