Tricia Braxton Perry

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Tricia Braxton Perry

Program Officer III

Summary

In 2017, Tricia joined the Horticulture department after managing programs in Health & Nutrition and 4-H to formalized youth horticulture efforts into a cohesive multiapproach program. The Youth Horticulture Education Program  also known as "YHEP" is a garden-based learning program that uses a four corner approach to address knowledge development, career readiness, professional development and basic school garden support for plant science education in youth environments.t

The following measures are used to asses program efficacy:

  1. Improve youth knowledge about plant science vocabulary, technology, engineering, and disciplinary core concepts
  2. Strengthen positive youth attitudes in STEM/ Attitude toward science
  3. Improve youth behavior toward environment & resource stewardship
  4. Improve youth perception of life skills such as self-esteem, leadership, goal setting and critical thinking
  5. Improve teacher competency in garden-based learning

The University of Nevada, Reno - Extension Youth Horticulture Education Program (YHEP) has transformed the social horticulture experience for youth. After fourteen years of the Social Horticulture Department of Cooperative Extension providing education about school gardens and conducting school field trips, concentrated efforts are now made through YHEP to deliver social horticulture education resources through a sustainable four corner approach model for all of Clark County’s youth environments. The four corner approach includes knowledge development, career reorts are now made through YHEP to deliver social horticulture education resources through a sustainable four corner approach model for all of Clark County’s youth environments. The four corner approach includes knowledge development, career readiness, professional development and basic garden support. Garden-based learning education with a youth-centered ecological model is the paramount focus of YHEP. Our educational reach begins with youth and extends to families, educators, and beyond!he University Nevada Reno, Extension Youth Horticulture Education Program (YHEP) has transformed the social horticulture experience for youth. After fourteen years of the Social Horticulture Department of Cooperative Extension providing education about school gardens and conducting school field trips, concentrated efforts are now made through YHEP to deliver social horticulture education resources through a sustainable four corner approach model for all of Clark County’s youth environments. The four corner approach includes knowledge development, career readiness, professional development and basic garden support. Garden-based learning education with a youth-centered ecological model is the paramount focus of YHEP. Our educational reach begins with youth and extends to families, educators, and beyond!

Education

Our Lady of Good Counsel
Howard University, B.A. Political Science
University of Nevada Las Vegas, M.A. Urban Leadership Development

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.

community gardening program

Youth Horticulture Education Program

Youth Horticulture Education Program is the premier program of horticulture projects that involve youth, families and educators.

Courses

Tricia has vast career experience providing youth-centered programming to youth in New York City and Las Vegas from various socio-economic and cultural backgrounds including adjudicated youth. She has managed several research and evidence-based programs for the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension since 2014.

Accomplishments

Lindsay, A. & Perry, T. (2015-16). All 4 Kids©: Healthy, Happy, Active, Fit. Funded by USDA, FNS, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program-Education (SNAP-Ed) $251,957

News & Journal Articles, Fact Sheets, Reports...

Audio/Visual
All About Aphids!
Aphids are one of the most common garden and landscape pests. Here are a few tips on control.
All About Aphids! 2020, Extension, University of Nevada, Reno, YouTube Video
Somen Noodles with Cucumber Water
Preparing Somen Noodles with Cucumber Water
YHEP Manager Tricia Braxton Perry is joined by guest, Christine Kennedy who shares her mother's recipe for Japanese Somen Noodles with cucumber water and other delicious ingredients.
Braxton Perry, T. 2020, Extension, University of Nevada, Reno, YHEP Videos
Propagation by Seed
Learn how to properly plant a seed!
Hansen, N. 2020, Extension, University of Nevada, Reno, YouTube Video
Propagation of Stems and Leaves
Nicole Hansen, of the Youth Horticulture Education Program, teaches how to propagate plants by stem and leaf cuttings.
Hansen, N. 2020, Extension, University of Nevada, Reno YouTube Video
Something Special is Coming From YHEP!
YHEP and Texas A&M University have something very special coming up. Stay Tuned!
Hansen, N. 2020, Extension, University of Nevada, Reno, YouTube video