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Environmental conservation training program offered for volunteers

Posted 3/12/2019

adults inspecting a yucca plant in the wild

Cooperative Extension Nevada Naturalists examine a banana yucca during a Nevada Naturalist field trip. Photo by Denise Parsons, Cooperative Extension.

Cooperative Extension offers Nevada Naturalist Certification Program March 25-May 25

University of Nevada Cooperative Extension is offering the spring session of the Nevada Naturalist Program in Las Vegas beginning March 25 to provide a broad understanding of nature for adults interested in learning, volunteering, teaching and participating in conservation projects locally.

“This program gives participants the skills and confidence necessary to make a difference for environmental stewardship and conservation in southern Nevada,” said Natural Resources and Professional Horticulture Program Manager Denise Parsons, with Cooperative Extension.

Participants who complete the spring classes and a capstone project on an environmental topic of their choice become certified Nevada Naturalists. Once certified, participants can engage in community education programs, environmental restoration and enhancement projects, and other activities with program partners. In 2018, Nevada Naturalists volunteered more than 3,000 hours.

Classes will be held 6-9 p.m., Mondays and Wednesdays, March 25-May 25, at the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension Lifelong Learning Center at 8050 Paradise Road in Las Vegas. Classes will also be held Saturdays at various times and locations. Topics will include:

  • Native Flora and Fauna
  • Ecology
  • Soils
  • Water Conservation
  • Endemic and Invasive Species
  • Taxonomy
  • Conservation Biology
  • Leadership and Teamwork

The cost to attend the spring session is $195 per person or $295 for two people. The registration fee includes all program materials, field trip entrance fees and some refreshments. Registration is first come, first served, and limited.

Those interested in attending can register online at the spring session website. For information additional information, contact Parsons at 702-948-5906 or

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