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Junior Master Gardeners plan service project in Moapa Valley

Posted 4/14/2016

Students will learn about endemic and native species and plant Milkweed seeds

Monarch butterflies

Monarch Butterflies

University of Nevada Cooperative Extension Junior Master Gardeners (JMG) of Southern Nevada will be participating in a community service event on May 7, 2016. The students will meet at 9 a.m. at the US Fish and Wildlife Service located at 4240 Warm Springs Rd, Moapa, Nev. where they will learn about endemic native species; some of which are endangered or sensitive.

The students will then travel to the Southern Nevada Water Authority’s Warm Springs Natural Area where they will be planting native Milkweed to attract Monarch butterflies. The Warm Springs Natural Area is located approximately seven miles northwest of the town of Moapa, and contains more than two dozen springs, which form the headwaters of the Muddy River.

Since southern Nevada is part of a migratory pathway for this sensitive species of butterflies, planting Milkweed encourages them to lay their eggs on the plants. The goal is to plant over 2,000 native milkweed plants.

Community service is part of the JMG program. Along with JMG students, their parents and siblings, community members are encouraged to participate. 4-H members and their families are also invited to attend.

The event should wrap-up around 1 p.m. and families are welcome to bring a lunch for a picnic before returning to the Las Vegas.

If you are interested in attending, email or call Karyn Johnson at 702-257-5523. Plan to wear closed toed shoes, a hat and sunscreen, and bring a refillable (not disposable) drinking container.

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