Lori Leas

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Lori Leas

Master Gardener Program Coordinator- Clark

Summary

The Master Gardeners of Southern Nevada are nearing their 30th year of supplying citizens of Southern Nevada with good research based horticultural information to help them be successful  desert gardeners.
Each of the over 300 volunteers had to complete 80 hours of classroom time as well as an internship before being certified.  Master Gardeners commit to at least 50 hours of volunteer service as well as 10 hours of continuing education each year to maintain their status.  The Master Gardeners volunteer hours equate to close to $1,000,000 annually  in un-paid service to the citizens of Clark and Nye counties.

Master Gardeners use a variety of instruction models and continue to expand their outreach efforts by teaching or leading projects at various community gardens, schools, libraries and Sr. centers and garden clubs.  Master Gardeners will tailor their instruction to audiences specific needs or interests. 

Our out reach efforts are continuing to expand by adding new programs such as:

On-line Master Gardener Program under development

the  new Extension Gardeners Certificate program which gives participants  in-depth training in local horticulture practices.  Participants do not have to volunteer to be in this program but if they decide to become a Master Gardener at a later date, some of the classes taken will be used toward certification at the annual Master Gardener training.

Extension Gardener in Spanish program is currently being developed and is set to be introduced in Spring 2020 Bilingual  Master Gardeners will be teaching this certificate program in various areas of the County.

Master Gardener Digital Outreach project is taking research based horticulture information to a much wider audience by using social media platforms, online education and work-shops and Video horticulture instruction to name a few.  Master Gardeners in this project receive additional instruction in not only the basics of digital platforms but how and why information has to be made "accessible" for all users.  The additional training also includes ways to engage, manage and educate a Social Platform, the importance of "Free Speech", how to deal with difficult users or  "Trolls" and how to put the "Social" in social media. 

Education

Mohave HS, Bullhead City, AZ
enrolled BS Landscape Arch../Urban Planning/Integrated food systems UNLV and AS Ag Science CCAZ

Programs

people siting in a botanic garden

Botanic Gardens

Extension's 3.3 acre outdoor educational Botanic Gardens are located at 8050 Paradise Road in Las Vegas. Maintained by faculty, staff and Master Gardener Volunteers, the gardens provide demonstrations and research opportunities. It features an orchard, vegetables, compost, mulch, native wash, children's garden, rose garden, cactus garden, milkweeds/monarchs, herbs and a team development course. The gardens are open to the public for self-guided and guided tours.

Master Gardener taking grape inspection notes on a clipboard

Center for Urban Water Conservation

Researching new varieties of fruit producing trees, vines and other plant materials in sustainable ways for the Mojave Desert climate.

las vegas nursing home garden

Healing gardens in Las Vegas

Extension healing gardens essentially become outdoor sanctuaries for people who are hospitalized as well as their families and the staff that works with them.

gathering herbs

Master Gardeners of Clark County

Serving Clark, Lincoln and Southern Nye counties gardening needs.

Master Gardeners at tabling event

Master Gardeners of Nevada

Program trains local gardeners to provide research-based horticulture information to Nevadans

Accomplishments

Certified Horticulturist with the American Association of Horticulture Science.

Service

Former 4-H club leader for Clark County

Former Executive Committee member for the Nevada Highschool Rodeo Association and Chair person of Scholarship Fund