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University of Nevada Cooperative Extension programs

In addition to being available to help citizens with their everyday questions, Cooperative Extension designs and implements more than 100 ongoing programs that bring the knowledge and teaching of the University to all corners of Nevada. These are programs, activities and events that Cooperative Extension offered in the past year:

1. 4-H Mentoring Program
Research shows that the best way to keep at-risk youth out of the juvenile justice system is through mentoring. This UNCE program identifies 200 families and at-risk youth in Elko, Lyon and Clark counties and recruits up to 165 mentors to work with the children. Mentors and youth visit at least four times a month and participate in a monthly family activity. Program staff engage youth in weekly short-term 4-H projects throughout the year.
For more information: Marilyn Smith, Eric Killian and Loretta Singletary
2. 4-H Youth Development Programs
The 4-H Youth Development Program is a dynamic multi-faceted program designed to meet a variety of needs of 4-H volunteers, 4-H club members, 4-H after school members, 4-H families and 4-H youth development staff. 4-H Youth Development (4-H YD) programs are delivered using a variety of methods and at various venues, including clubs, camps, educational events/clinics, at after school programs and with military partners. All 4-H YD programs use research-based curricula that focus on Positive Youth Development and transferrable life skills. The program includes clubs and youth leadership programs in most Nevada counties.
For more information: Carrie Stark, 775-784-7070
3. Agriculture Innovation Forum Series
This program developed in 2011 in Douglas County provides practical information and the know-how needed for agricultural producers and small acreage owners to optimize their land use potential and maintain agricultural open space in Carson Valley. The County Assessor, County Weed District officials, Nevada Department of Agriculture specialists, independent agriculture consultants, and Nevada ranchers contributed their expertise in this once-per-month (Feb, July), two-hour program.
For more information: Steve Lewis, 775-782-9960
4. All 4 Kids
All 4 Kids: Healthy, Happy, Active, Fit is an interdisciplinary approach addressing child obesity. Utilizing strategies from maternal/child health and nutrition, exercise physiology and child development, this program encourages preschool children and their families to engender healthy eating habits and being active every day. UNCE staff provides 24, 30-minute lessons, taught three times a week for eight weeks to preschoolers. Each lesson utilizes dance (to introduce children to specific movements outlined in the Nevada Pre-K Standards) and nutrition concepts (to build healthy snacking habits). Families are engaged in weekly nutrition activities and monthly events to extend the education to the home. All 4 Kids demonstrates that the complex issue of childhood obesity can be addressed successfully.
For more information: Anne Lindsay, 702-940-5434
5. Alternative crop production
The purpose of this program is to test and demonstrate crops that use less water and/or offer increased income potential to Nevada agricultural producers. Currently 14 crops are under evaluation. Teff, an alternative grain, has shown tremendous potential and is a priority crop. The program was expanded in 2010 with additional replicated research trials and further development of a teff processing plant. Perennial grasses used for biofuel production are also an area of interest.
For more information: Jay Davison, 775-423-5121
6. American Indian Farmer & Rancher Outreach and Assistance Improvement Project
Initiated in 2011, this program is designed to identify and examine underlying factors and potential obstacles to successful utilization of USDA programs by American Indian farmers and ranchers.
For more information: Staci Emm, Loretta Singletary and Steve Lewis
7. An Apple a Day
University of Nevada Cooperative Extension has been developing and providing the An Apple A Day nutrition education series for health professionals in Nevada to distribute to their patients since 1991. These bias-free, research-based nutrition education materials have been well received by healthcare professionals, leading to the distribution of several hundred thousand.
For more information: Mary Wilson, 702-257-5507
8. Basic Principles of Landscape Management
This program targets adult learners in the Green Industry of southern Nevada. This program utilizes the successful Correctional Horticultural program as a model for development. Implementation of the curriculum meets the needs of people already working in the industry.
For more information: ML Robinson, 702-257-5529
9. Battle Mountain Sustainable Economic Development
Battle Mountain has traditionally been economically dependent upon the mining industry. The resulting fluctuations in stability due to expansion and contraction of the mines has resulted in significant economic and social stress upon residents. The goal of this program is to broaden the economic base of the Battle Mountain business community.
For more information: Rod Davis, 775-623-6304
10. Beef Quality Assurance
The Beef Quality Assurance program is dedicated to teaching beef producers safety and quality assurance practices in all aspects of their production. The BQA program's mission is to maximize consumer confidence in beef by focusing the industry's attention on beef quality assurance through the use of science, research and education initiatives.
For more information: Rod Davis, 775-623-6304
11. BEST (Building Employment Skills Together)
Building Employment Skills Together program (BEST) strives to make 16- to 21-year-olds in Nye and Esmeralda counties more successful in the workplace by teaching job seeking strategies, job skills and good work ethic. Program activities included helping youth develop and reach educational and work goals, become financially literate, increase communication skills, and improve work ethics.
12. BEST (Building Environmental Sustainability Technician)
This program is a collaboration between UNCE and Nevada Workforce Connections. It provides intense training in best practices to conserve energy for line staff of large buildings - Las Vegas resorts, state buildings, medical centers, etc.
For more information: Angela O'Callaghan, 702-257-5581; ML Robinson 702-257-5529
13. Bioplastic Container Cropping Systems
This program is a new five-year USDA NIFA grant studying the decomposition of biodegradable plant pots in different soil types and associated outreach including consumer focus groups and preference surveys to support industry adoption of the technology. Bioplastic pots are made from organic materials and decrease the horticultural industry's reliance on petroleum based products.
For more information: Heidi Kratsch, 775-784-4848
14. Bi-State Working Group on Sage Grouse Conservation
A UNCE faculty member facilitates this group which is of vital interest to Nevada. A new petition to list sage grouse as a threatened or endangered species was filed with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. Listing would have devastating consequences to the agriculture industry.
For more information: Steve Lewis, 775-782-9960
15. Best Management Practices (BMPs) Installation Workshops
Since retrofit of best management practices (BMPs) for water quality is required at Lake Tahoe, UNCE leads a partnership of agencies on organizing and teaching two workshops each spring, titled "How to install BMPs for Single family Residences."
For more information: John Cobourn, 775-784-4848
16. BMP Education for Spanish-speaking workers
This program is the first of its kind in the Lake Tahoe Basin. We provide free trainings for Hispanics in installation of best management practices (BMPs) for water quality. UNCE used grant funding in 2010 to offer two free trainings and to have the textbook for the course translated into Spanish.
For more information: John Cobourn, 775-784-4848
17. Bootstraps
This is a workforce preparation program aimed at young adults not in school and not working. These 18- to 25-year-olds work on important environmenal projects on Nevada's public lands under the direction of a job coach to improve their work habits while on the job. Each week of the 10-week program, participants also learn important career planning and job skills in a four-hour class that is taught prior to going into the field to complete the assigned jobs improving wildlife habitat on Nevada's public lands.
For more information: Rod Davis, 775-623-6304
18. Business Retention & Expansion (BRE)
The Business Retention and Expansion Program is designed to gather information to help a community better support business expansion, job retention, job creation, and increased investment in the community. As part of the program, trained staff will visit local businesses to obtain comprehensive information regarding the opportunities and challenges that exist for local business owners. The visits are geared toward small and large businesses so that everyone can participate in the economic renewal process.
For more information: Buddy Borden, 702-257-5505
19. C.S.A.C. (Cultural Sensitivity and Competency standards in Health Care)
The goal of this program is to provide Nevada residents, as well as medical professionals, with a basic overview of cultural sensitivity and competency standards to improve multicultural communication. Our workshops cover various topics including, but not limited to: Evolution of C.S.A.C. health standards as developed by national healthcare agencies, global influences in the U.S. healthcare system, overview of transcultural communication models for healthcare settings, and transcultural health ethics.
20. Calcium It´s Not Just Milk
The Calcium, It's Not Just Milk program is a train-the-trainer program in which we train middle school health teachers to teach a week-long curriculum to their health students. The goal is to increase awareness, knowledge, and skills among the target audience (11 to 14 year old middle school students) related to increasing consumption of calcium-rich foods.
For more information: Mary Wilson, 702-257-5507
21. Calming the Waters: Learning to Manage Western Water Conflict
Conflict has surrounded the Truckee, Carson and the Walker River Basins for decades. In all cases, key issues concern historical use on tribal lands, historical and current water rights, threats to water quality and wildlife habitat protection. To date, the conflict has involved adult stakeholders with little youth exposure. This program teaches youth about Nevada's water issues and helps them develop the skills needed to address water conflict. To date, a total of 1,700 copies of the curriculum are in circulation in private schools, public schools, tribal governments and after-school youth programs.
For more information: Loretta Singletary, 775-463-6541
22. Capital Days
4-H groups from all over Nevada bring delegates to Carson City to observe the legislative process, meet with their local lawmakers and host a mock legislative session, debating various Nevada-related issues and drafting legislation.
For more information: Carrie Stark, 775-784-4378
23. Career Edge
Career Edge is a workforce readiness program for high school students focused on skill development for workplace and job success. Career Edge helps high school students prepare to get their first "paying" job while working toward their dream job or career. Career Edge provides information and training on interview skills, resume development, filling out applications, finding job leads and selecting appropriate clothing for the workplace. In addition, many "soft skills" needed in the workplace such as decision making, teamwork, problem solving and leadership are integrated through out the program.
For more information: Eric Killian, 702-257-5542
24. Carson River Watershed Education
As a founding member of the Carson River Coalition, UNCE has remained active in watershed groups to help educate the public about the importance of protecting the natural functions of the river and its floodplain. UNCE has written numerous publications about watershed management for the Carson River.
For more information: John Cobourn, 775-784-4848
25. Catching Dreams: Indigenous Stories for Family Reading
This program includes six children's books written specifically about and by Native Americans, new literacy lessons, new cultural awareness lessons, and new do at home parent child literacy and cultural awareness activities. The collaborative team developing the new curriculum involved Cooperative Extension, Native American human service professionals from the Children's Cabinet, and KNPB TV. UNCE faculty worked with the Washoe Tribal Head Start programs in Carson and Douglas Counties to conduct the program in the fall of 2011.
For more information: Dan Weigel, 775-784-4848
26. Cattleman's Update
Cattlemen's Update is University of Nevada Cooperative Extension's annual educational program offered for beef cattle producers to learn about issues affecting profitability and product quality in the Great Basin region.
For more information: Brad Schultz, 775-623-6304
27. Certified Nursery Advisor
A training program offered to nursery employees, future nursery employees and other interested landscape professionals who wish to become more knowledgeable about nursery products and the local environment in order to better serve their customers. The series of classes range from professionalism, plant identification, and product recommendations to why plants die. Upon successful completion, students are Certified Nursery Advisors and receive a Certificate of Completion and a pin.
For more information: ML Robinson, 702-257-5529
28. Chefs for Kids
Chefs for Kids is a nutrition education program for primary-grade children in "high needs" elementary schools supported in part by the ACF Chefs of Las Vegas. 'High-needs' schools are defined as those having 50% of students eligible to receive free or reduced price lunches. The program consists of two parts: an intensive, second grade curriculum (Choose Well, Be Well) and a video curriculum (Adventures with Chefs for Kids) aimed at first-graders.
For more information: Madeleine Sigman-Grant, 702-257-5534
29. Citizens Changing Communities
Citizens Changing Communities (C3) is a training program for new members of Washoe County Citizen Advisory Boards (CABs). As an introductory program, this training merges with the new member orientation and emphasizes basic skills in communication, conflict management, and meeting management. This program is now in its eighth year.
For more information: Marlene Rebori, 775-784-4848
30. Citizens Monitoring for Invasive Bark Beetles
This is collaboration between the Nevada Division of Forestry, Nevada Department of Agriculture, the U.S. Forest Service, and Cooperative Extension that trains Master Gardeners to recognize the signs and symptoms of invasive insects damaging the urban forest. These volunteers then teach other community members to recognize the damage and act upon it.
For more information: Angela O'Callaghan, 702-257-5581
31. Cocinando Delicioso y Salulable
The goal of this six-session curriculum is to decrease risk for chronic disease in Hispanics. The interactive culturally sensitive curriculum encourages and teaches families to modify their favorite recipes by decreasing sugar, fat, salt and sodium during preparation and increasing fiber-rich foods, thereby decreasing the risk for chronic diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, hypertension, some cancers and obesity. The data showed that the Cocinando Delicioso Y Saludable Program was effective in causing positive changes regarding fat and fiber and sodium intake among participants.
For more information: Mary Wilson, 702-257-5507
32. Collaborative Resource Stewardship
To address Collaborative Resource Stewardship, UNCE works closely with the Northeastern Nevada Stewardship Group to achieve balanced collaborative approaches for rangeland issues and develop appropriate adaptive management strategies. The Tuscarora watershed weed control project integrates diverse resource issues and objectives (e.g., weed management, sage grouse habitat improvement, livestock forage production, and multiple land-use values) within the common goal of a healthy landscape. These interagency/private landowner/interested public synergisms are what define the NNSG.
For more information: Kent McAdoo, 775-738-1251
33. Commercial Horticulture Program
The purpose of the Commercial Horticulture program is to provide basic training and continuing education to increase the skill level and professionalism within the commercial horticulture industry. Programs provide industry members with continuing education opportunities. The program also increases professionalism within the industry and enhances the career success of industry members.
For more information: Heidi Kratsch, 775-784-4848
34. Community and School Gardens
This program addresses the need to improve food security through home and small-scale production. Collaboration with the Nutrition in the Garden program has provided exciting new opportunities for Master Gardener volunteers. Qualitative findings of post-program evaluations indicated an increased willingness of school children to sample previously untried vegetables and fruits over the course of the program. The program met a key experiential goal of providing exposure to, and tasting of, over 25 varieties of fresh vegetables and fruits, many of which were grown by the students in the school gardens.
For more information: Angela O'Callaghan, 702-222-3130
35. Community Assessments in Rural Nevada
This program is a collaboration with the Nevada Rural Development Council and other partner agencies. A Community Assessment is a tool that provides local residents an opportunity to become engaged in determining the future of their towns, cities and counties.
36. Community Business Matching (CBM) Program
Communities that participate in the CBM program develop a better understanding for community economic development practices; a better understanding for community social and economic structure; a better understanding for community economic development goals and priorities; a better understanding for community available assets and what assets need to be developed to meet community economic development goals and priorities; a better understanding of industries that are compatible with the community's economic development goals and priorities; and a better understanding for developing and executing targeted economic development strategic plans.
For more information: Buddy Borden, 702-257-5505
37. Community Horticulture Education
UNCE expanded its Community Horticulture program to include Community Gardens as well as new classes for different populations. UNCE collaborated with the City of Las Vegas Leisure Services and with the City of North Las Vegas to develop two new gardens at senior housing. In response to many community requests, UNCE created two classes: "Growing in Small Places" and "Composting in Small Places."
For more information: Angela O'Callaghan, 702-222-3130
38. Community Leadership
Community Leadership educates decision makers and residents of Lincoln County on how to identify priorities and become leaders who make positive changes. The county is developing leaders and proactive planning.
For more information: Holly Gatzke, 775-726-3109
39. Community Leadership Training
Over the past several years the Washoe County Leadership Academy has been highly valued by the County. In 2011, budget shortfalls in Washoe County, with the attendant loss of staff, prevented the County from continuing the Academy. UNCE faculty, through merger of the UNCE Washoe County Engaged Leadership Program with the Washoe County Leadership Academy, was able to continue the essential elements of both programs.
For more information: Holly Gatzke, 775-726-3109
40. Construction Coaching Opportunities to Reach Employment (CCORE) Mentoring program
Through a grant from the Home Builders Institute in Washington D.C., the Las Vegas C-CORE program is an industry sponsored mentoring program for youth with promise and untapped abilities. C-CORE's purpose is to create meaningful relationships between adults (coaches) and youth (members) through industry sponsored mentoring by providing positive role models, fostering improved decision-making and reducing high risk behaviors using career focused activities and outcomes as a means to positive youth development.
For more information: Eric Killian, 702-257-5542
41. Cooperative Weed Management Areas
Noxious weeds present a growing threat to environmental biodiversity and water quality in riparian areas and wetlands as well as rangelands and urban areas. The goal of this program is to exclude invasive weeds from the environment by conducting annual basin-wide surveys and control projects and educating residents and contractors about their part in preventing the spread of weeds.
For more information: Sue Donaldson, Brad Schultz and Kent McAdoo
42. Desert Bioscape
The Desert Bioscape program is a twofold program to teach the best horticultural practices for the Mojave Desert. This is done both with informal classes and with a developing outdoors learning center that forms the UNCE Building landscape.
For more information: M.L. Robinson, 702-257-5529
43. Discover Your Future
High school students come to the University campus for a week to take classes in various colleges and get a taste of University life. They explore future studies and majors by taking workshops and working with faculty. Discover Your Future participants live in dorms and use campus facilities as they get a true sense of what life as a UNR student will be like.
For more information: Carrie Stark, 775-784-4378
44. Domestic Violence
This training program was provided to law enforcement officers. An online training program for officers will be created in the future.
For more information: Pam Powell, 775-423-5121
45. Drought Best Management Practices
This program was developed to address the irrigation water shortage northwest Nevada experiences during a long-term drought.
For more information: Steve Foster, 775-273-2923
46. Eagles and Agriculture
Eagles and Agriculture is a program to promote the benefits that agriculture provides wildlife and the community, conservation and prosperity of ranching in western Nevada, and to enhance participant knowledge in wildlife habitat and local agriculture. Collaborators include the Carson Valley Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Authority, Natural Resources Conservation Service and the Western Nevada Resource Conservation and Development.
For more information: Steve Lewis, 775-782-9960
47. Early Childhood Education
Thousands of young children are in the care of someone other than their parents or other family member everyday in Nevada. The quality of care and education that young children receive has an impact on children, their families and our communities. Caregivers need training and education to provide quality child care. UNCE has offered training to improve the quality of child care in Nevada for over 20 years. We do this by developing, implementing and evaluating research-based curricula for early childhood educators and caregivers. Quality care and education are vital for healthy development of young children. Typically, new caregivers have little early childhood education or training. Our workshops and Caring 4 Kids modules provide an effective way to quickly get quality training to caregivers. Increasing the education of caregivers can increase the quality of care received by thousands of children in the state of Nevada.
For more information: Teresa Byington, 702-222-3130
48. Eat Healthy Be Active - An Online Chronic Disease and Injury Risk Reduction Education Program
This program has been developed as an online education program emphasizing nutrition and physical activity with the goal of improving employee health, decreasing absenteeism, and reducing employer health care costs. Chronic diseases such as heart disease, stroke, cancer, and diabetes are among the most prevalent, costly, and preventable of all health problems. Seven of every ten Nevadans who die each year, die of a chronic disease. Worksites have become a common avenue to provide chronic disease risk reduction education.
For more information: Mary Wilson, 702-257-5507; Anne Lindsay, 702-940-5434
49. Eat Smart Live Strong
This program provides nutrition and horticulture education to seniors receiving commodity food packages. In collaboration with Nevada State Food Distribution Program, UNCE developed and conducted a survey of the commodity foods distribution sites in Nevada. The food distribution site survey showed interest among seniors for classes showing seniors how to grow herbs and small vegetables in window pots and how to use them in recipes with commodity food; food safety tips for storing commodity foods; flyers with nutrition and physical activity tips; recipes for using commodity foods; samples of recipes made with commodity foods; nutrition information related to chronic disease (such as heart disease, diabetes, and hypertension); and recipe demonstrations and food tastings.
For more information: Mary Wilson, 702-257-5507; Angela O'Callaghan, 702-257-5581
50. Eating to Stop and Control High Blood Pressure
The goal of this program is to decrease the risk of high blood pressure and help those who have high blood pressure to control their disease. Participants will understand the risk factors for and dangers of high blood pressure. The need related to hypertension was documented in needs assessment completed by the Health and Nutrition team. According to the American Heart Association nearly one in three people in the United States have hypertension. African-Americans and Hispanics develop hypertension more often than whites. African Americans develop hypertension at an earlier age and when found it is more severe than in other populations.
For more information: Mary Wilson, 702-257-5507
51. Economic Evaluation of Alternative Low-Water-Use Crops for the Great Basin
This is a 'train the trainer' program and is multi-state Basin-wide. In regions where water is scarce, agricultural producers are under social pressure to reduce use. This program educates those individuals involved with relaying pertinent information to agricultural producers about alternative low-water-use crops.
For more information: Carol Bishop, 702-397-2604
52. Engaged Leadership for Rural Nevada
The goal of this program is to adapt leadership development materials used in urban areas for use in rural Nevada in order to train future leaders and help them become more engaged and effective leaders in their communities. Improved leadership and community engagement have ranked as important in several county and statewide needs surveys.
For more information: Marlene Rebori, 775-784-4848
53. Engaging Youth Serving Communities (EYSC)
Through action planning, youth and adults work together to address an identified community need. EYSC youth in each of the five communities involved in this program (Yerington, Smith Valley, Silver Springs, Hawthorne, and Pyramid Lake) work with local leaders to create and implement efforts to improve their communities. Youth learn leadership skills applicable to community/economic development careers.
For more information: Sarah Chvilicek
54. Essentials of Community Board Membership
This program is an ongoing effort to leverage resources in Washoe County. Washoe County Community Development and UNCE faculty strategized a way to bring more educational resources to citizens through this new program. The program has been offered by the Washoe County Learning Center in collaboration with Washoe County Community Development, Washoe County Community Relations and University of Nevada Cooperative Extension.
For more information: Jessica Angle, Sarah Chvilicek
55. Expanded Food & Nutrition Education Program
The goal of EFNEP is to assist families with limited financial resources to improve their nutritional and health status. National data shows a disparity between the health of low-income households and that of higher income households. According to Healthy People 2010, income is associated with differences in the occurrences of illness, including heart disease, diabetes, obesity, elevated blood lead level and low birth weight.
For more information: Mary Wilson, 702-257-5507
56. Exploring Your True Colors: Building an Effective Team
This program promotes effective professional and interpersonal communications through the dynamic experience of temperament theory in action. Through fun activities and personal assessment, this training helps participants to acquire a deeper understanding of themselves and others, helps them communicate more effectively with colleagues, helps them to understand why they react to situations differently than others and helps them discover many valuable insights that have innumerable applications in work, family, and personal relationships. The True Colors program encourages teamwork and enhances customer service and overall workplace productivity.
For more information: Eric Killian, 702-222-3130
57. eXtension
eXtension is a Web-based community of Extension faculty from across the country offering the public around-the-clock information and answers to questions. UNCE faculty participate as resident experts for certain questions, and are also involved in national Communities of Practice that extend the knowledge reach and programs of individual states.
For more information: Eric Killian, 702-222-3130
58. Family Storyteller
A literacy program for parents with preschoolers. It was designed to increase young children's language skills in collaboration with parents. Both parents and children are encouraged to participate in six weekly classes and are exposed to six different books and extender activities related to those books. Literacy is a major concern for families with preschoolers in Nevada. One quarter of Nevadans -- nearly 300,000 youth and adults -- are illiterate. During the preschool years, children can develop the foundation for literacy which will affect their later language abilities and lifelong success.
For more information: Dan Weigel, 775-784-4848
59. Federally Recognized Tribes Extension Program
This USDA funded project focuses on youth development, agriculture, natural resources, nutrition (obesity prevention and food security), community and economic development, and alternative energy on Nevada's American Indian Reservations with a primary focus on the Duck Valley, Pyramid Lake and Walker River Reservations.
For more information: Frank Flavin, Randy Emm
60. Finding Value in Waste Management
The objective of finding value in waste products is to curb the disposal of waste products into future point sources of environmental pollution. A second objective is to find value in potential waste products to be utilized for horticultural production. Current programs include irrigating landscapes with reuse water and marketing of organic mulch made from potential waste transported to landfills.
For more information: Angela O'Callaghan, 702-257-5581
61. Fire Adapted Communities Project
Working closely with local fire agencies, this project created educational materials and programs and targeted five Washoe County communities. In 2009, the nation's wildfire experts met to develop a response to the growing wildland-urban interface wildfire threat in the United States. A key component to their response was the need to create Fire Adapted Communities (FACs). FACs are communities that can survive a wildfire with little or no assistance from firefighters. It promotes the concept that wildfire threat reduction is a community responsibility, not solely the fire department's responsibility.
For more information: Ed Smith, 775-782-9960
62. Food for Health and Soul
The interactive curriculum encourages and teaches families to modify their favorite recipes by decreasing sugar, fat, salt and sodium during preparation and increasing fiber-rich foods; thereby decreasing the risk for chronic diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, hypertension, some cancers and obesity.
For more information: Mary Wilson, 702-257-5507
63. Food for Thoughts
The "Food for Thoughts" program works with local teachers and staff on gardening issues. We train school personnel in garden development and maintenance as outdoor classrooms, and teach classes on specific topics relative to horticulture and the natural world. Research shows that a garden in a school can be highly effective in enhancing learning. Stakeholder input indicated that school gardens are high on the list of desirable horticultural projects.
For more information: Angela O'Callaghan, 702-222-3130
64. Fruit Growing in Nevada
The objectives of this program are to improve the quality of life for residents of southern Nevada through the testing, demonstration and dissemination of proven information on fruit growing in our desert environment. A second objective is the development of localized "boutique" growers of high-value horticultural products and marketed into Las Vegas markets.
For more information: Angela O'Callaghan, 702-257-5581
65. Fun to Play
Fun To Play targets families where, due to the young age, inexperience or limited resources of parents, young children are placed at risk for developmental delays and later school difficulties. Fun To Play is a series of weekly infant/child sessions aimed at improving the parenting skills of young parents by increasing the amount of learning activities and interaction they provide their children.
For more information: Dan Weigel, 775-784-4848
66. Gardening in Nevada
Gardening best practices for newcomers to Nevada. This program is designed for home gardeners, with experience levels from basic to intermediate.
For more information: Wendy Hanson Mazet, 775-784-4848
67. Great Basin Native Plant Selection and Increase Project
This project provides ongoing grant support for research and outreach related to horticultural use of native plants. Master Gardener volunteers are involved in this project by way of the Master Gardener Native Plants Club.
For more information: Kent McAdoo, 775-738-1251
68. Great Basin Science Delivery Project
Creating resilience on large-scale landscapes and defining proper role for wildfire in this process.
For more information: Brad Schultz, 775-623-6304
69. Green Industry Continuing Education Series (GICES)
This Northern Nevada program consists of 12 one-hour monthly seminars that provided continuing education units (CEUs) for professional certification (pesticide applicator, ISA arborist, Nursery Worker and Certified Landscape Technician).
For more information: Heidi Kratsch, 775-784-4848
70. Grow Your Own Nevada
This is a new fee based program that provides horticultural information to homeowners who desire to become successful backyard food producers in Nevada's unique high desert climate. The program consisted of eight two-hour sessions and covered topics ranging from vegetable cultivar selection to composting and harvesting/ preserving. The program uses video conference to reach nine counties, including one tribal site at Duck Valley.
For more information: Heidi Kratsch, 775-784-4848
71. Grow Yourself Healthy
This program was developed to address the public health issue of childhood obesity by providing a nutrition curriculum linked to a school garden. The nutrition lessons incorporate experiential learning with messaging that introduces and reinforces positive food choices, increased physical activity, communication and team building skills through participation in the creation and maintenance of a school garden. "Nutrition in the Garden" (NITG) is conducted at a Washoe County charter school having a high percentage of Hispanic students and a low rate of literacy and a public elementary school in a low-income neighborhood. The increased obesity and chronic disease risks of these children is heightened by their socioeconomic status and ethnicity.
72. Growing Local Grown
This program is a combination of education and research using presentations, workshops and demonstrations. It uses hands-on, interactive and one-on-one methodologies to assist local producers and potential producers with the adoption and application of new knowledge and skills.
For more information: Carol Bishop, 702-397-2604
73. HARPS: Health Access & Resources Promoting Seniors
This program provides activities for a multicultural senior population that stimulate their short-term memory skills as well as their creativity and imagination skills, especially for those high-functioning seniors beginning to experience initial stages of dementia and Alzheimers. Our focus is also on overall wellness via chair stretches, music history, computer classes, creative fictional storytelling and autobiographical sessions.These types of programs and workshops are not as readily available for seniors with decreased mobility and disability issues. Many of these multicultural seniors have not had a formal education. Nevada has one of the highest senior suicide rates and therefore decreased overall wellness statistics.
74. Healing Gardens
This program works with healthcare providers in designing, installing and maintaining garden spaces that provide respite to staff, families and patients.
For more information: Angela O'Callaghan, 702-257-5581
75. Health Promotion and Wellness Through the Faith Comminity
The "Building a Health Committee" curriculum consists of five lessons that provide the information and guidance necessary to establish sustainable health committees in the faith community. The curriculum covers defining health and the affect of the social environment upon health, community assessment, program evaluation, goals and objectives, health screenings and budgets. Piloted in the faith community, the curriculum is easily adaptable to other communities such as work places, nonprofit organizations, social organizations and auxiliaries.
For more information: Jaci Black, 702-940-5424
76. Healthy Meetings
Boards, committees and commissions statewide constantly need more tools and techniques on how to run a healthy and effective meeting. This recently developed workshop helps build these skills.
For more information: Marlene Rebori, 775-784-4848
77. Healthy Rural Communities
The senior population is the fastest-growing population in Nevada. Estimates indicate that by 2030, our senior population will have increased over 260%. In 2009, UNCE developed, taught and evaluated a Senior Healthy Lifestyles Course, educating seniors on topics related to health care, nutrition and community resources. The success of this program led to its expansion to additional sites in 2010.
For more information: Pam Powell, 775-423-5121
78. Healthy Steps to Freedom
Healthy Steps to Freedom augments drug prevention and community education programs for women. Methamphetamine, the drug of choice among young women, was used to treat obesity in the 1950s and 60s and is commonly abused among dieters across America because of its seductive allure and pleasurable effects, including physical activity levels, increased waking hours, alertness, decreased appetite, euphoria and rush, weight loss and elevation of self-esteem. HSF includes exercise and nutrition aimed at teaching healthy lifestyle behaviors.
For more information: Anne Lindsay, 702-257-5434
79. HEES (Horticulture Education for Environmental Sustainability)
This program is a collaboration between UNCE and Nevada Workforce Connections. It provides intense training in best practices to conserve plant materials, water and other natural resources to landscape professionals from municipalities, Las Vegas resorts, UNLV and private landscape maintenance firms.
For more information: Angela O'Callaghan, 702-257-5581; ML Robinson 702-257-5529
80. Herds & Harvest
The purpose of this state-wide program is to increase farm or ranch ownership and provides the skills necessary to operate and sustain an agricultural operation. This project focuses on agricultural entrepreneurship, business and financial training, agricultural production and irrigation strategies, environmental compliance, diversification and marketing strategies, mentoring and outreach, and targets socially disadvantaged and limited resource operators.
For more information: Staci Emm, 775-945-3444
81. Integrated Pest Management (IPM) and IR-4 program
The program tests potential pesticides necessary for producing forages in Nevada and submits requests to the IR-4 program for federal testing and registration. Alfalfa and grass hay are the dominant crops produced in Nevada, and pest control options are limited for the grass hay crops. In addition, they typically produce low economic returns per acre, which reduces the chemical pest-control options for producers who grow these crops. The purpose of the IPM and IR-4 programs are to educate Nevada growers on integrated pest control strategies and to increase the number of chemical products available for pest control activities.
For more information: Jay Davison, 775-423-5121
82. Integrated Pest Management
This program focuses on gardeners and landscapers.
For more information: 775-784-4848
83. Intermountain Regional Evaluation and Introduction of Native Plants
This project is a USDA NIFA multistate collaborative project that focuses on introduction of new native plant species to the horticulture industry and education of the public about the use of native plants for landscape water conservation.
For more information: 775-784-4848
84. Junior Gardener
The Junior Gardener program's mission is to grow good kids by igniting a passion for learning, success and service through a unique gardening education.
For more information: Holly Gatzke, 775-726-3109
85. Just in Time Parenting
Parents with young children are provided research-based information on parenting and child development.
For more information: Sally Martin, 775-784-7009
86. Keeping Kids Safe: Recognizing, Reporting and Responding to Child Maltreatment
The well-being of children, especially those who have been abused or neglected has been a longstanding concern. Child caregivers, youth workers, and volunteers working with children and youth are all mandated reporters of suspected child maltreatment and caregivers have regular contact with the young children in their care. UNCE faculty have developed a variety of educational materials to educate adults about the recognition, reporting suspicions and responding to the disclosure of child maltreatment.
For more information: 775-784-4848
87. Kinship Connectors
An estimated 45,000 children are being raised by relatives in Clark County. These relatives take in the children when parents are absent, home is unsafe, or as an alternative to foster care. Kinship Connectors is a consortium to connect organizations to meet the needs of these relatives (kinship families). Kinship Connectors has designed a resource guide: "Raising Your Relative's Kids: How to find help."
For more information: Yaebin Kim, 702-257-5521
88. Latino Educational Outreach in Carson City
Outreach to Latino youth in Carson City includes efforts to reduce destructive behavior in teens via The Parent Project and the Alliance of Latinas in Teen Action and Solidarity (ALITAS) where middle school aged girls are taught how to succeed in school, leadership and life skills as well as preparation for college. Thirty-seven Latino teens are working on "Destination Graduation" at the high school through UNCE's Making Education the Answer (META) program. Other UNCE programs were Hacia la Excelencia (Toward Excellence), with 150 students and 245 parents, Summer Health Camp and the Parent University in partnership with Western Nevada College.
89. Leadership: Douglas County
LDC consists of 11 days, 1 day/month, of leadership skill building, networking, focusing on critical community issues and learning about many important aspects of the county.
For more information: Steve Lewis, 775-782-9960
90. Life Stories Nevada
Life Stories Nevada is an educational program designed to help seniors record their life history to enhance social and family networks to improve seniors' value of self, an important factor in maintaining physical and mental well-being to prevent institutionalization.
For more information: Claudia Collins, 702-257-5531
91. Living With Fire
Living With Fire is a comprehensive, multi-agency program that is aimed at teaching people how to live more safely in high fire hazard environments.
For more information: Ed Smith, 775-782-9960
92. Local niche production and marketing
Agricultural producers in Nevada have a great opportunity to move into diversified, profitable farming operations through servicing the high demand market for locally grown, quality food products in the urban centers in Nevada. There is identified market demand for fresh produce with chefs and local farmer's markets. It is essential to provide a more stable income for producers and create a local food production and consumption system. This project investigates the feasibility of producing niche products as well as distributions systems and markets (consumer preferences and needs) statewide. Markets of focus include gourmet restaurants, specialty stores, and farmer's markets.
For more information: Holly Gatzke, 775-726-3109
93. Master Gardener Program
The Master Gardener Program is an educational and volunteer-recruitment program. We train avid gardeners from the community about science-based horticulture and environmentally sound gardening practices. In turn, our trained volunteers "give back" to the University by passing on their knowledge and training to the public.
For more information: Angela O'Callaghan, 702-222-3130
94. Mini-Society
This program stresses entrepreneurial skills development and the recognition of opportunities for commercial enterprise. Mini-Society is an experiential learning process where youth, ages 10-12 years old, recognize business opportunities, develop entrepreneurial enterprises to capitalize on these opportunities and learn the complicated world of self-employment.
For more information: Eric Killian, 702-222-3130
95. Mom´s Special Gift
Mom's Special Gift provides individual education and support to interested Food Stamp Program eligible women who are enrolled in Medicaid or WIC. In-home sessions taught by a certified lactation educator begin during pregnancy and continue postpartum.
For more information: Madeleine Sigman-Grant, 702-257-5534
96. Naturalist Volunteer Training Program
This program targets adult learners concerned about environmental issues affected by the impact of explosive growth and development of southern Nevada. A curriculum has been developed with partner agencies and organizations.UNCE teaches a beginning as well as an advanced Nevada Naturalist program every year.
For more information: M.L. Robinson, 702-257-5529
97. NEMO Nevada - Nonpoint Education for Municipal Officials
The NEMO premise is that improvements in land use planning can result in protection of water resources, thus negating the need to fix problems after the fact by applying best management practices. The program will help land use decision-makers understand the nature of the nonpoint source pollution problem and its impact on their lives, towns and natural resource base, thereby enabling them to plan for growth and development while addressing water quality issues through educated land use decisions.
775-784-4848
98. Nevada Composters
This program aims to decrease green waste in the landfill, reduce water waste and decrease greenhouse gas emissions by teaching local residents how to compost their green waste and recruiting them as volunteer teachers to train neighbors to do so.
For more information: Angela O'Callaghan, 702-257-5581
99. Nevada Wildfire Awareness Week
The purpose of NWAW is to recruit and coordinate a variety of resources to promote awareness and action concerning Nevada wildfire issues during a dedicated week in May.
For more information: Ed Smith, 775-782-9960
100. Nevada Wildland Urban Interface Fire summit
One-hundred seventy-three Nevada communities have been rated as extreme, high or moderate wildfire hazard. The purpose of the summit is to discuss how these community hazard ratings could be reduced and to promote action.
For more information: Ed Smith, 775-782-9960
101. Nevada Youth Range Camp
Nevada Youth Range Camp focuses on relationships between people and rangeland. Campers learn about plants, wildlife, water, and soil in order to make good decisions about rangeland management and use. They learn skills and explore careers in rangeland and related resource management. The camp challenges youth to explore resource problems and to create logical solutions. It helps future leaders develop the perspective to understand rangeland resources. Campers learned about soils, hydrology, wildlife, agricultural production and native and invasive vegetation.
For more information: Sherm Swanson, 775-784-4057
102. New Faces, New Places-An Introduction to 4-H Science, Engineering & Technology
This program is designed to encourage youth ages 8 through 15 to develop life skills such as problem solving, critical thinking and teamwork using the 4-H Science, Engineering & Technology (4-H S.E.T.). program.
103. North Lake Tahoe Demonstration Garden
The Demonstration Garden in Incline Village, located on the campus of Sierra Nevada College, displays native and adapted plants that are well suited to this environment. Its greatest teaching impact comes from the many best management practices (BMP) exhibits and interpretive signs that UNCE has designed and helped to install.
For more information: John Cobourn, 775-784-4848
104. Northeast Clark County Child Safety Seat Program
To provide education to Nevada parents and caregivers on the proper installation and use of child safety seats. This project is designed to provide both education and equipment, with training on proper use to assist parents in protecting their children while they are passengers in a motor vehicle.
105. Nurturing Partners
Working primarily in high schools, UNCE staff members facilitate changes in attitude, knowledge and practice of young adults regarding general nutrition and health, specific issues of pregnancy and breastfeeding, and parenting guidance. NP also delivers classes to vulnerable teens in community agency programs.
For more information: Madeleine Sigman-Grant, 702-257-5534
106. Operation Military Kids
OMK focuses on those young people whose parents are in the National Guard and Army Reserve who are being called up in increasing numbers for extended assignments. While these youth do not relocate, their lives are changed dramatically when a parent suddenly leaves the family due to being mobilized or deployed for potentially dangerous assignments. Over 10 briefings about OMK were presented to Nevada groups reaching over 1,250 participants.
For more information: Eric Killian, 702-257-5542
107. Outreach and Assistance Social Disadvantaged Farmers and Ranchers
This program assists Indian farmers and ranchers in identifying and accessing available USDA programs. An increase of 50% of USDA program funding has been applied for by Native American participants.
For more information: Randy Emm, 775-784-4848
108. Pathways to Possibilities Coalition
The Pathways to Possibilities Coalition program is the only collaborative group-based support program for youth in Mineral County. Since Cooperative Extension initiated the program, adult participation (faith-based organizations, state agencies, county departments and private citizens) has increased from two to 10 regular members. The coalition is the gateway to youth development programs in the county meeting monthly and is currently reorganizing to include leadership development of youth and adults.
For more information: Staci Emm, 775-945-3444
109. People of the Land: Sustaining American Indian Agriculture
This program addresses the educational needs of agricultural professionals who describe their difficulty in reaching American Indian Tribes or American Indian agriculture producers in the West. The People of the Land program and curriculum won the 2011 National Diversity Award from the Association of Public Land Grant Universities.
For more information: Staci Emm, Loretta Singletary
110. Pesticide Safety Education Program
Nevada pesticide regulations allow Commercial Pesticide Applicators (Principals, Operators and Agents) to renew their Nevada Pest Control License by accumulating Continuing Education Units or CEU's for attending training courses accredited by the Nevada Department of Agriculture. Seminars, classes, meetings, and other training activities must be accredited by NDOA prior to their commencement. Information was also provided for participants to prepare for the Nevada Pesticide Applicators exam.
775-856-8401
111. PHLET: Promoting Health Literacy and Ethics Training
Provide education regarding medical forms, community health resources, health ethics and health literacy principles and tools with primary emphasis on seniors and their caregivers in Clark County.
702-257-5537
112. Plaza Comunitaria
In collaboration with Mexico's National Institute for Adult Education, Mexican Department of Public Education and the National Institute for Adult Education, UNCE at the Cambridge Community Center offers Spanish-speaking people who did not have the opportunity to finish their studies to improve their education in their own language. Plaza Comunitaria offers personalized courses from literacy to junior high school education where people are ready to pursue their General Education Diploma. The courses are completely in Spanish and based on the Mexican curriculum for literacy, elementary and middle school. Students study at their own pace and have an opportunity to learn how to read and write in order to get better jobs and reach their fullest potential. The volunteer tutors help students navigate through the courses and offer direction with specific tasks.
113. Policy Education and Civic Engagement (P.E.A.C.E.)
Policy Education and Civic Engagement (PEACE) is a social studies curriculum created, designed, researched and written for middle to high school students. PEACE is a social studies curriculum designed to be used with middle to high school students during school hours. The curriculum is standards-based so it is targeted for middle to high school teachers.
For more information: Marlene Rebori, 775-784-4848
114. Producer to Chef Program
This program brings together small farm producers with chefs. Producers were taught how to become vendors to restaurants and the proper "etiquette" of selling to gourmet restaurants. Of the farmers involved in the program, 80% plan to expand their general business operations; 70% will increase hiring; 80% will increase production of locally grown food; 90% will increase sales to Nevada markets; 80% will invest in their operations by increasing the size of the land they farm (20%) and working capital (60%).
For more information: Holly Gatzke, 775-726-3109
115. Professional Development for Child Care Providers
This program improves the quality of child care in southern Nevada through the development of research-based curriculum and fact sheets, providing professional development through quality informal education training workshops and mentoring and conducting research in Early Care and Education.
For more information: Teresa Byington, 702-222-3130
116. Project MAGIC
A program for entry-level juvenile offenders to help them get out of trouble and become productive adolescents, resulting in future savings to tax payers. The juvenile offenders learn about self-responsibility, decision making, conflict management, goal setting, communication, leadership, problem solving and drug prevention in 20 hours of training. Parents participate in 12 hours of training to support these skills at home after the program is over.
For more information: Marilyn Smith, Bill Evans
117. Project Thunder: Teens Taking Charge!
This program brings together middle and high school youth representing diverse backgrounds, and provides training in personal leadership, decision making, problem solving, workforce readiness and civic responsibility. Adventure-based activities are used to help youth see beyond traditional barriers of race, religion, culture and class, and see themselves as part of a wider community. Youths attend residential leadership conferences, participate in adventure-based activities such as repelling and trust exercises, take part in ongoing seminars, commit to working together on community projects and begin to apply these skills toward their future work environments.
For more information: Eric Killian, 702-257-5542
118. Public Water Supplier Education
We provide technical training to public water companies throughout Nevada.
For more information: Mark Walker, 775-784-1938
119. Radon Education Program
The Nevada Radon Education Program is a partnership with the Nevada State Health Division to educate Nevadans about the possible health risk that elevated levels of radon in the home poses. The radon program seeks to inform both adults and youth. Its target audience includes homeowners, homebuilders, realtors, home appraisers, home inspectors, code officials, medical professionals, policy makers and the general public. 5,074 people requested a test kit in 2010 from our program. In addition, at least 648 people purchased test kits from outside sources in 2010.
For more information: Susan Howe, 775-784-4848
120. Range Management School
UNCE is leading the development and implementation of a new program that integrates sound science, collaboration and common sense to put public agency land managers, livestock permittees and other land users on the same page in terms of the range resource.
For more information: Kent McAdoo, 775-738-1251
121. RETHINK-Anger Management
The RETHINK program is designed to provide parents with research-based information related to anger management and child abuse prevention. Participants are taught the seven skills of RETHINK to help them manage their anger in personal situations and on the job. The two-hour class requires the participants' involvement in acquiring and practicing anger management skills.
For more information: Yaebin Kim, 702-257-5521
122. Revegetating Dewatered Ag Lands
This program determines plant species/cultural techniques appropriate to use for revegetating farmlands where irrigation water has been removed and farming ceased. The information developed in this project is being used to develop revegetation plans on all the lands in the Walker Basin.
For more information: Jay Davison
123. Riparian Grazing Management and Riparian Proper Functioning Condition Programs
Each year these programs teach Nevada's ranchers and public lands agencies about the relationship between riparian function and water quality, fish/wildlife habitat, and biodiversity.
For more information: Sherm Swanson, 775-784-4057
124. Riparian Proper Functioning Condition Assessment
Riparian Proper Functioning Condition assessment is used as the minimum riparian assessment by the BLM and is recommended for watershed-wide assments. It is an excellent format for increasing landowner and land manager interaction and cooperation under the themes of Cooperative Riparian Restoration and the national Program "Creeks and Communities."
For more information: Sherm Swanson, 775-784-4057
125. Seniors CAN
The 16-week Seniors CAN Program provides life-skills education to help the senior population maintain high-quality independent living. The program is intended to have a positive economic and social impact since the elderly have the potential to make great contributions to the community or to overwhelm state and local budgets with medical and social service costs. A crucial potential quality-of-life benefit of the Seniors CAN program is the potential to prevent or delay institutionalization by facilitating successful aging that will extend seniors' independent living.
For more information: Claudia Collins, 702-257-5531
126. Shaken Baby Syndrome
The program is to increase participants' awareness and knowledge of Shaken Baby Syndrome, common symtoms of SBS, the connections between a crying baby and SBS, Prevention of SBS and ways to cope with a crying baby.
For more information: Yaebin Kim, 702-257-5521
127. Small Business Support
The focus is to assist people one-on-one at a high intensity level to educate participants on assessing risk, writing business plans and business feasibility.
For more information: Carol Bishop, 702-397-2604
128. Small Steps 4 Big Changes
The program, Small Steps 4 Big Changes, and has been conducted at three of the Reno Housing Authority sites. Eight weekly nutrition education lessons based on USDA's MyPyramid for Kids are provided, along with recipe preparation, food tasting and a physical activity component. The educational program fosters behavior changes identified by the Centers for Disease Control as being linked to obesity prevention. Take home materials and homework for children and parents reinforce each lesson's message.
129. Smart Choices
Smart Choices is an in-school nutrition education program. It provides in-service education to teachers about the importance of nutrition education, provides each participating school with nutrition education resource materials, the offer of in-class nutrition education by the project dietitian and outreach to parents via newsletters and the offer of parent education at before- or after-school events. The program is targeted to elementary school aged children in schools having greater than 50 percent enrollment for free and reduced-price lunches, i.e., children at nutritional risk. Schools have been identified as appropriate and efficient sites to conduct nutrition education.
130. Stronger Economies Together (SET)
The SET program is a statewide program that is developed and administered through a partnership between UNCE and Nevada USDA Rural Development. The SET program collaborates with local, county, and state governments and agencies to deliver development curriculum. The SET curriculum is delivered over an 8-10 month period that produces an action oriented regional economic development plan.
For more information: Buddy Borden, 702-257-5505
131. Sustainable Living
Sustainable Living – Renewable Energy Roundup (SLRER), is a local nonprofit designed to promote sustainable practices, renewable energy use and environmental responsibility in the way we work, play and live. UNCE collaborates with this nonprofit to produce a Green Living Festival and three field trips throughout the year.
For more information: Steve Lewis, 775-782-9960
132. Target Impact Analysis
This program focuses on conducting issue based analyses for communities and industries. The program involves more advanced analytical methods that measures current and future social, economic and fiscal impacts. Types of studies include demographic, economic, fiscal trends analysis, industry feasibility analysis, and economic and fiscal impact analysis.
For more information: Buddy Borden, 702-257-5505
133. Team Up
Washoe County 4-H Youth Development faculty and staff work directly with the Washoe County School District's Team Up Program to provide out-of-school time educational enrichment programs at Team Up schools. UNCE offered researched based programs in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math), nutrition, gardening, creative arts and GPS/GIS to name a few.
For more information: Buddy Borden, 702-257-5505
134. Teen Community Emergency Response Teams
Disasters affect youth as well as adults. While most formal training for disaster response involves adult-directed programs, the AES program provided justification that youth can also serve as critical resources in the face of disaster. As part of the AES training, youth and adults were introduced to the federally support program CERT (Community Emergency Response Team). CERT members work to educate the community and can provide critical support before first responders arrive. The 4-H Teen CERT program follows the adult CERT curriculum, with modifications for older youth age-appropriate activities.
For more information: Pam Powell, 775-423-5121
135. Together for a Better Education
Together for a Better Education/Juntos Para Una Mejor Educación (Juntos) (pronounced: Who-n-tos) provides Latino and other underrepresented parents and youth with knowledge and resources to prevent 8-12th grade students from dropping out and to encourage families to work together to gain access to college. This experiential program is taught in either English or Spanish and meets for 2½ hours once a week for six weeks in the evenings. The program also incorporates success coaches and college-age mentors to provide weekly after-school clubs and activities with the target students before and after the six-week program.
136. Tonopah Farmers Market (TFM) Community Development Program
This program teaches volunteers leadership and economic development skills while encouraging the local production and consumption of fresh produce.
For more information: Amy Meier
137. Tools of the Trade (TOT)
UNCE faculty developed the curricula in this program to address the need for research-based curricula for trainers of youth serving agencies in Nevada and throughout the nation.
For more information: Jackie Reilly, 775-784-4848
138. Tourism in Lincoln County
The natural beauty, wildlife, history and close proximity of Lincoln County to Las Vegas creates great potential for expanded tourism. This program educates local entrepreneurs and volunteers (LCAT) on how to capitalize on the county's assets for tourism development. A series of potential tours are outlined and have been marketed to over 600 tour companies. The education series in February 2010 taught participants how to work with tourists, tour operators and provide excellent customer service.
For more information: Holly Gatzke, 775-726-3109
139. Urban and Consumer IPM Program
Pesticide contamination of water supplies has been increasingly documented. In the absence of IPM education, urban residential uses of pesticides result in contamination of surface and ground water bodies. Residents lack training and skills in assessing the need to use pesticides, selecting appropriate products and applying pesticides safely.
140. Veggies For Kids
VFK is a nutrition program to increase awareness of and exposure to a variety of vegetables and fruits, including Native American varieties, to second- and third-grades and their parents. VFK promotes adequate intakes of vegetables and fruits, awareness and use of traditional American Indian foods; and provides an introduction to growing food plants.This program meets UNCE-identified needs: improving nutrition through building basic nutrition awareness and food selection skills, food safety, and reaching an underserved and nutritionally at-risk population -- Native American children. The program further meets the clearly identified state and national public health problem of childhood obesity by promoting food selection behaviors associated with obesity prevention.
For more information: Kerry Seymour, 775-784-4848
141. Water-Efficient Landscaping
This program addresses issues of water sustainability in home and commercial landscaping.Nevada is the driest state in the nation, and landscape water use accounts for about two-thirds of residential water use. This program emphasizes reducing water usage for home and commercial horticulture.
For more information: Heidi Kratsch, 775-784-4848
142. Weed Warriors Invasive Weed Training
The Weed Warriors educational program helps land managers, agency staff, parks and roads managers and the public learn to identify and control troublesome weed species.
143. Winning with Foods
A program taught to Expanded Food and Nutrition Program (EFNEP) youth to help them understand the nutritional qualities of food groups. The program discusses the importance of eating all the food groups and how much they need to eat from each group to meet the MyPlate for Kids recommendations. It helps the students identify the food groups that make up MyPlate for Kids and learn how much from each group they should eat.
For more information: Carol Bishop, 702-397-2604
144. Youth Career Development
Young adults find a career path that fits them, gain the education needed for that path and skills required to move into the work world.
For more information: Holly Gatzke, 775-726-3109
145. Youth Worker Training
Youth Worker Training is a program designed to increase the knowledge and skills of youth workers, paid and volunteer, who work with school age youth (K-12) primarily in out-of-school-time settings. The focus of the training is to build skills in youth workers to increase positive youth development opportunities;increase skills to provide science, engineering and technology learning opportunities for youth; build positive relationships with the youth and other adults participating in their programs; and build the skills to provide informal learning opportuntities for youth in their programs.