Garden-based education for youth, families & educators

Extension has a long history of providing school garden support, field trips and garden-based learning for youth. Extension, Clark County's horticulture department established one of the county's first school gardens programs back in 2002!

The Youth Horticulture Education Program (YHEP), designed in 2017, expands on previous efforts to now offer a sustainable four-corner garden-based learning approach for all of Clark County’s youth environments. The program offers horticulture projects for youth, families and educators in collaboration with community volunteers and partners. 

Using a four-corner approach, YHEP delivers:

  • knowledge development
  • career readiness
  • professional development
  • basic garden support for youth environments.

The four-corner approach allows YHEP to permeate through all levels of the ecological model for positive youth development.

For more information, email the program team.

Testimonials

"Always enjoy our visits to the garden. The staff is always kind and professional. I like that they take the time to ensure all of our students get to participate in the lesson and give them ample opportunities to learn and work hands-on in the garden."  Kayla F., High School Teacher- CCSD

"Because of the JMG program and the outstanding support from the Las Vegas staff, my students have had the opportunity to participate in activities that are engaging and enhances their learning.  Not only does the JMG curriculum address academics, but it also provides opportunities for students to explore career opportunities, develop employability skills, and meet post-secondary transition goals. Thank you, Nicole and Tricia, for all your help and support."  Linda D., CCSD Special Education Teacher

"I am thrilled to be able to work with the staff at YHEP in Las Vegas. They are the hardest working, most devoted, and knowledgeable leaders I could ever imagine. They spend so much time planning and preparing for every event and it always is a success.  The only criticism is that there are not enough of them. The demand is there. We have a tremendous need in Southern Nevada for horticulture education for our kids. We need to grow this department. There is tremendous demand and it is essential that these young people have the kind of instruction that they get from our YHEP group at UNR of Southern Nevada."  Michelle D., Master Gardener

"The JMG program has been a wonderful learning experience for my Kindergarten students. They have learned so much about plants and water and soils. They have gone from "never dirty divas" to " dirt lovers!" It has been a great transition for them, and it has worked cross-curricular as well."     Carrie R., Elementary School Teacher- Private school

"Over 90% of students involved in [Summit View Youth Center] have never been exposed to horticulture and are completely unaware of how plants and food are grown. Students report the most astounding outcome from the class is being able to plant and monitor growth. There is a sense of real achievement in seeing a plant mature, especially when it is directly related to their oversight.  [YHEP] develops a sense of responsibility and pride with a positive outcome. Garden to plate - the ability to eat food directly from the garden is a real "AHA" moment.  The last class made salsa, salads, etc. which was something most had never done."  Lynne R., Department of Juvenile Justice Services

Photo gallery 

children learning about hydroponics Nicole with JMG Kids Ian havesting from hydroponics unit JMG Official Logo YHEP Volunteers Learn, Grow, Eat & Go! JMG logo Tricia with JMG Co-Author Lisa Whittlesy JMG Making Paper JMG Youth at Clark County Fair Healthy Eating Children learning in the gardenJMG Mojave Kids with RadishesJMG Kids planting in YHEP GardenYHEP Field TripsMaster Gardener Steve with JMG GroupCareer Readiness Youth GroupYHEP assists 4-H Boulder City Robotics GroupJMG Kids community activityJMG at Farmers MarketYHEP flower press project

Upcoming events

 
 
News Articles, Fact Sheets, Reports...
Nicole Hansen
All About Aphids!
Aphids are one of the most common garden and landscape pests. Here are a few tips on control.
Hansen, N. 2020, Extension, University of Nevada, Reno, YouTube Channel
Cucumbers
Grow Cucumbers in the Mojave Desert
Join YHEP Instructor Nicole Hansen at the San Miguel Community Garden, as she shows you how you can grow cucumbers here in the Mojave Desert.
Hansen, N. 2020, Extension, University of Nevada, Reno, YouTube Channel
Tomato plants in garden
Grow Tomatoes in the Mojave Desert
This week YHEP Instructor, Nicole Hansen shows you how you can grow tomatoes successfully here in the Mojave Desert.
Hansen, N. 2020, Extension, University of Nevada, Reno, YouTube Channel
sweet potatoes
Growing Sweet Potatoes in the Desert
Sweet potatoes easily grow in the desert and provide necessary vitamins and nutrients. By implementing the proper gardening techniques, everyone can enjoy the tasty treat. Sweet potatoes like a hot growing season, making southern Nevada an ideal place for them.
Wynne, T., Robinson, M.L., Callaghan, A. 2017, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, Fact Sheet FS-17-02
Okra flowers and fruits
Okra
YHEP Instructor Nicole Hansen shows you how to feel like a professional gardener by growing Okra!
Hansen, N. 2020, Extension, University of Nevada, Reno, YouTube Channel
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
Nicole with stems for propagation
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 Channel
wooden raised bed
Raised Beds Can Make Gardening Easier
How to use raised beds to make gardening easier!
O'Callaghan, A. 2010, Extension, University of Nevada, Reno, FS-10-33
Peach tree
Stone Fruits
YHEP Instructor, Nicole Hansen teaches you all about stone fruits and shows you how to care for stone fruit trees.
Hansen, N. 2020, Extension, University of Nevada, Reno, YouTube Channel
YHEP Summer Recipes, Ep.02: Garden Fresh Eggplant Empanadas
Delicious summer empanada dish using hearty eggplant created by Tricia Braxton Perry.
Braxton Perry, T. 2020, Extension, University of Nevada, Reno, YouTube Channel
mullein in forest
YHEP: Common Weeds, Ep 04: The Many Uses of Mullein
Follow YHEP instructor Ian Ford-Terry up into the mountains as he hikes the cool woodlands in search of an ancient cough remedy!
Ford-Terry, I. 2020, Extension, University of Nevada, Reno, YouTube Channel
ian with joshua tree
YHEP: Conservation, Ep 01: Joshua Trees
Join YHEP instructor Ian Ford-Terry as he explores the relationship between Joshua Trees and their exclusive pollinators and how you can take part in the conservation of a Mojave Desert icon!
Ford-Terry, I. 2020, Extension, University of Nevada, Reno, YouTube Channel
ian with joshua tree
YHEP: Conservation, Ep 02: Joshua Trees
Join YHEP Instructor Ian Ford-Terry as he guides you through the process of growing a Joshua Tree from seed as part of a conservation effort to help save the Joshua Trees (and their very specific pollinators)!
Ford-Terry, I. 2020, Extension, University of Nevada, Reno, YouTube Channel
Assortment of DIY hydroponics projects
YHEP: Hydroponics At Home, Ep 01: DIY 2-Liter Bottle Wicking System
Join YHEP instructor Ian Ford-Terry as he introduces you to the wonderful world of hydroponics, and walks you through the steps to make a DIY 2-liter bottle, self-wicking hydroponic system!
Ford-Terry, I. 2020, Extension, University of Nevada, Reno, YouTube Channel
fish and plants in tank
YHEP: Hydroponics At Home, Ep 02: DIY Aquaponic Ecosystem
Dive into this fun "aquaponics" project with YHEP Instructor Ian Ford-Terry! He will teach you the basics of balancing an underwater ecosystem and how you can grow plants using fish waste!
Ford-Terry, I. 2020, Extension, University of Nevada, Reno, YouTube Channel
Tomatoes in a 5-Gallon Bucket
YHEP: Hydroponics At Home, Ep 03: Growing Tomatoes in a 5-Gallon Bucket
YHEP Instructor Ian Ford-Terry shows you how you can grow tomatoes year-round in a DIY 5-gallon bucket hydroponic system!
Ford-Terry, I. 2020, Extension, University of Nevada, Reno, YouTube Channel
pH test liquid being poured in a jar
YHEP: Hydroponics at Home, Ep 04: Make Your Own pH Test Kit
Join YHEP Instructor Ian Ford-Terry as he walks you through the process of making your own homemade pH testing solution and pH testing strips out of Red Cabbage broth!
Ford-Terry, I. 2020, Extension, University of Nevada, Reno, YouTube Channel
Ian with microgreens tray
YHEP: Hydroponics At Home, Ep 05: DIY Microgreens Grow Tray
Microgreens are nutritious and easy to grow! Join YHEP Instructor Ian Ford-Terry as he shows you how to make a low-maintenance microgreens grow tray!
Ford-Terry, I. 2020, Extension, University of Nevada, Reno, YouTube Channel

Learn more about the program's team

Tricia Braxton Perry
Program Leader & Contact
Angela O'Callaghan
Program Leader & Contact
Ian Ford-Terry
Program Contact
Nicole Hansen
Program Contact