College of Agriculture, Biotechnology & Natural Resources
4-H Afterschool Program
The 4-H Afterschool Club teaches children basic life skills including math, reading, science, positive communication, goal setting, self-responsibility, decision-making and good nutrition. Youth who have these life skills are less likely to participate in risky behaviors.
4-H Youth Development
4-H is a community of young people across America learning leadership, citizenship and life skills.
All 4 Kids
All 4 Kids and its Healthy Kids Festival use activities, music, dance and food to teach kids and their families in Clark and Lincoln Counties nutrition, physical activity and self-acceptance.
Biggest Little Pollinator Garden
The Biggest Little Pollinator Garden is located on the campus of University of Nevada, Reno near the Fleischmann Agriculture Building. The garden is maintained by U.S. Fish and Wildlife; University Arboretum Board; University Facilities; University Museum of Natural History; Nevada Bugs and Butterflies; College of Science; and College of Agriculture, Biotechnology & Natural Resources faculty, staff, students and volunteers.
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.
Calming the Waters: Learning to Manage Western Water Conflict
Conflict has surrounded the Truckee, Carson and Walker River Basins for decades. Key issues include historical use on tribal lands, historical and current water rights, threats to water quality, and wildlife habitat protection. This program teaches youth about Nevada’s water issues and helps them develop the skills needed to address future water conflicts.
Capacity Building for Healthy Communities
Capacity building strengthens an organization’s ability to fulfill its mission to have a positive impact on communities. Strategic thinking, visioning, action planning and board development are capacity building activities.
Career Edge: Teens Taking Charge of Their Future! A Workforce Readiness Program
A workforce readiness program for high school students focused on skill development for workplace and job success. Career Edge provides information and training on interview skills, résumé development, filling out applications, finding job leads and selecting appropriate clothing for the workplace. In addition, many "soft skills" needed in the workplace such as decision-making, teamwork, problem-solving and leadership are integrated throughout the program.
Carson City Community Garden
The Community Garden began in 2001 and allows community members who don’t have room for a vegetable garden to rent a 4-by-16-foot garden bed for $20 a season at a 25-bed garden complex on Beverly Drive east of the cemetery. The price includes water, soil preparation, some seeds and fertilizer.
Cattlemen’s Update is Extension’s annual educational program offered for beef cattle producers to learn about issues affecting profitability and product quality in the Great Basin region.
Churchill County Community Readiness Network
Nevada communities need rapid access to information during an emergency. In an effort to enhance community preparedness, safety and available resources and by using GPS and GIS mapping. University of Nevada Cooperative Extension’s 4-H youth and adult leaders in Churchill County are working with community emergency managers to address evacuation and shelter mapping.
Coffee Shop email helps ranchers make money
Cooperative Extension’s coffee shop is a national subscription email designed to provide a two-way communication network for livestock producers. The question-and-answer service provides answers to livestock production and marketing questions.
Collaborative Resource Stewardship improves rangeland management
Extension has helped lead Collaborative Resource Stewardship efforts in northeastern Nevada over the past seven years, resulting in a model for other states and areas.
Commercial Landscape Horticulture
Classes offer training for green industry workers, including some bilingual classes, on how to landscape in the Nevada desert
Conservation & Sustainability
Extension offices provide support and research for many conservation initiatives throughout the state of Nevada. In addition, a partnership with Nevada's Conservation Districts has been formed which assists both organizations with the overall vision of Conservation for the state of Nevada while providing additional education and resources to help conserve Nevada's natural resources.
Curtis Waite Memorial Desert Garden
Located next to the Clark County Fairgrounds' Fine Arts Building is the Curtis Waite Memorial Desert Garden. It is maintained by Cooperative Extension and our Master Gardener Volunteers in collaboration with community partners. During the Clark County Fair, go on a tour guided by our Master Gardeners. Enjoy the pomegranate, lemon, bottle brush and palm trees; the rose and cactus gardens; and the wandering pathways, fountain and garden pool.
Desert Demonstration Garden
Extension's Pahrump Master Gardener Volunteers maintain the Desert Demonstration Garden, which features landscape and fruit trees, shrubs and plants suitable for the Mojave Desert climate, plus seasonal vegetable beds to show what you can grow to feed yourself and your family. The garden is free and open to the public.
Desert Green, Commercial Water Conservation Training
Desert Green is in its eleventh year and is designed to educate commercial clientele in the Green Industry as well as others who have an interest in water conservation issues. A committee representing the industry implements the training. Desert Green is chaired by one industry representative and one UNCE representative. The program is presented once a year, with 36 classes taught in a two-day period. A committee of industry representative reviews evaluations from the previous year to decide fut
Desert-Adapted/Native Plants Garden
The Desert-Adapted/Native Plants Garden is located at the Extension, Clark County Logandale Office. It is designed to show people what trees, shrubs and other plants grow well locally. It is set up for self-guided tours. Enjoy the black locust, honey locust, sweet acacia, shoestring acacia, chir pine, forest pansy redbud, chaste tree, coolibah eucalyptus, golden rain and a lacebark Chinese elm trees.
Eagles & Agriculture
Eagles & Agriculture is a multiday celebration of agriculture to teach about agriculture and the benefits it provides to wildlife and the community. The program, a collaborative effort that began in 2003, encourages the conservation and prosperity of ranching in western Nevada, teaches participants about wildlife and the history of agriculture in Carson Valley, and creates an agritourism model that enhances the profitability of local farming and ranching businesses.
Early Childhood Education
Ongoing early childhood professional development that improves the knowledge, skills and abilities of child care providers working with young children. Trainings are approved by Nevada Registry and meet Nevada State Licensing requirements.
Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP)
Many Nevadans suffer from heart problems, are obese or have diabetes. In Nevada, the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program is administered by University of Nevada, Reno to engage adults and youth to boost nutrition through building basic skills. Participants learn how to read food labels, save money on groceries, plan meals, safely handle food, make healthy food choices, and be more active.
Experimental Cactus Garden
Prickly pear cactus (Optunia) could be used for food for animals and humans and for biofuel. To learn more, Nevada Agricultural Experiment Station and Extension are partnering to test three different species of prickly pear cactus under three different irrigation regimes. The research is being conducted in a large experimental cactus garden located at Extension, Clark County's Logandale Office. The garden is always open for self-guided tours.
Family Storyteller Literacy Program
National award-winning Family Storyteller is a literacy program aimed at encouraging and training parents to play a vital role in the literacy development of their children. The statewide program creates an opportunity for parents and young children to interact around literacy and language activities.
Federally Recognized Tribal Extension Program
The purpose of Nevada’s Federally Recognized Tribal Extension Program (FRTEP) is to improve the ability of Native American farmers and ranchers to manage their agricultural enterprises effectively, efficiently and profitably.
Food for Thoughts, School Garden
University of Nevada Cooperative Extension’s Food for Thoughts Program offers children an alternative site for learning, promotes awareness of the desert environment, demonstrates the geographic sources of their food, and encourages healthy eating and activities.
Food Safety Project
Cooperative Extension has been instrumental in bringing about the "Nevada Food Safety Task Force," which strives to provide a working forum for food safety experts and to improve communication between all entities that are held accountable for food safety and security within our state.Improving Food Safety Education for Child and Adult Care Providers in Nevada. Also food handling and eating preferences questionnaires were mailed to elderly/adult care and child care facilities in Nevada to determ
Fun to Play
The program targets families where, due to the young age, inexperience or limited resources of the parents, young children are placed at-risk for developmental delays and later school difficulties.
Green Industry Training
A workforce development program to train green industry professionals, who receive continuing education units for pesticide applicator, ISA-certified arborist and Qualified Water Efficient Landscaper
Grow Your Own, Nevada!
Learn the secrets of high desert gardening
Grow Yourself Healthy
Grow Yourself Healthy works with students at Libby Booth Elementary School and Mariposa Academy in Washoe County to increase their willingness to taste new fruits and vegetables, overall consumption of vegetables, and physical activity. The program also aims to decrease their screen time and consumption of sugary drinks.
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.
Healthy Eating on a Budget
The Healthy Eating on a Budget program has been integrated into the TANF Work Readiness workshop as a SNAP-Ed program. The purpose of the 8-lesson series is to provide SNAP recipients with education on healthy nutrition and physical activity practices, food resource management, food safety and food security.
Healthy Kids Festival
The goal of the Healthy Kids Festival is to provide sustainable tools and opportunities for low-income families with children ages 3-8 to make healthy choices as they approach the adolescent years. The event, hosted by Extension’s All 4 Kids Program in collaboration with local community partners provides long-term solutions to childhood obesity through physical activity, healthy eating and other behaviors related to childhood obesity prevention.
Healthy Kids Resource Center
A one-stop shop for evidence-based research, resources, curricula, activities and materials that focus on obesity prevention for teachers and parents of young children. It is designed to educate parents and teachers as well as provide the tools needed to teach young children how to live a healthy lifestyle.
Healthy Kids, Early Start (for pre-K children and their parents)
Policy, systems and environmental approach to early childhood health, nutrition, physical activity and healthy weights through assessment and interventions in early childhood sites and teacher professional development.
Heart & Shield: Rural Domestic Violence Prevention Program
Program works to promote resiliency, strengthen positive future relationships and stop the domestic violence cycle
Herds & Harvest Program - Nevada Beginning Farmer and Rancher Project
Developing educational courses, workshops, technical assistance, business advice and mentoring support network for Nevada agricultural producers who are beginning or diversify a farm or ranch operation.
Integrated Pest Management and IR-4 program
Integrated Pest Management program is a long-term management strategy that uses a combination of tactics to reduce pests to tolerable levels with potentially lower costs for the pest manager and minimal effect on the environment.
Integrated Riparian Management/Creeks and Communities
Nevada Creeks and Communities is an interagency and interdisciplinary program. The program team taught workshops and submitted proposals; wrote articles and publications; and worked with landowners, land users, and interest groups and agencies.
Invasive Species (Weeds)
Weeds are one of the most serious threats to Nevada rangelands and lawns. Hundreds of Weed Warriors, Woad Warriors, and other volunteers have been trained by University of Nevada Cooperative Extension (UNCE) personnel in how to spot, control and eradicate noxious weeds.
Just in Time Parenting
Just in Time Parenting is an electronically delivered age-paced parenting newsletter originally developed by a national network of Extension Family Life Specialists in 2008. The program was designed to reach parents at teachable, transitional moments.
Let's Discover STEM
Let’s Discover STEM (Descubramos STEM) is a 7-week program that focuses on STEM enhancement and parent engagement for families with preschoolers and kindergarteners.
Little Books & Little Cooks
Healthy eating, family literacy and positive parent-child interaction is promoted in this 7-week program for families with preschool aged children. It also promotes children's school readiness skills. An important component of the program is the involvement of both parents and children, especially during the hands-on cooking activities.
Living with Drought
Our goal is to connect the citizens of Nevada to essential drought resources, current research, and local drought experts to help address and assess the impacts of drought.
Living With Fire
Helping Nevadans and visitors prepare for wildfire
Master Gardener Energy Way Demonstration Garden
The Master Gardeners of Washoe County maintain a small raised-bed demonstration garden featuring ornamental plants. It is located on the east side of the Cooperative Extension, Washoe County Office.
Master Gardener Native Plants Demonstration Garden
Members of the Master Gardeners of Washoe County's Native Plants Committee maintain a small demonstration garden on the west side of Extension, Washoe County Office.
Master Gardeners of Nevada
Program trains local gardeners to provide research-based horticulture information to Nevadans
NEMO Nevada, Nonpoint Education for Municipal Officials
The premise is that improvements in land-use planning can result in protection of water resources, which can negate the need to fix problems after the fact by applying best management practices. The program will help land-use decision-makers understand the nature of the nonpoint source pollution
Nevada Desert Bioscape
University of Nevada Cooperative Extension’s Desert Bioscape program takes a holistic approach to conserving natural resources in an urban setting. This program targets adult learners in the Green Industry of southern Nevada. This program utilizes the successful Correctional Horticultural program as a model for development. Implementation of the curriculum meets the needs of people already working in the industry. In addition to these goals, training will be translated into money savings for the
Nevada Economic Assessment Project
The Nevada Economic Assessment Project focuses on providing Nevada’s counties, state and federal agencies, and their partners with quantitative and qualitative baseline data and analyses to better understand the counties’ demographic, social, economic, fiscal and environmental characteristics, trends and impacts. The data can be used for land use and project planning, grant writing and overall policy assessment.
This program educates adult volunteers who educate others and engage in environmental projects in southern Nevada.
Nevada Radon Education Program
The Nevada Radon Education Program is a partnership with the Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health to educate Nevadans about the health risk posed by elevated levels of radon in the home. The Extension program offers literature, educational presentations and low cost radon test kits in many county Extension and partner offices.
Nevada Wildfire Awareness Month
Nevada Wildfire Awareness Month is an awareness campaign held every May with events and activities taking place throughout Nevada. This is a collaborative effort among local, state and federal firefighting agencies, wildfire prone communities and University of Nevada Cooperative Extension's Living With Fire Program.
Nevada Youth Range Camp
A needs assessment performed by Cooperative Extension in 2001 indicated that the public places very high importance on natural resources education for youth. However, most of Nevada’s youth live in large urban environments, with little exposure to rangelands, forests or agricultural environments, and the products and services rangelands provide. This program teaches over 1,500 students ages 14-18. In June 2018, 25 campers from eight Nevada counties experienced life in Nevada’s rangeland for a we
People of the Land
The goal of this program is to train agricultural professionals to better understand Indian culture and make them more effective in helping American Indian producers strengthen sustainable agriculture and natural resource management on the reservations.
Pesticide Safety Education Program
University of Nevada Cooperative Extension’s Pesticide Safety Education Program provides Web-based training for pesticide applicators seeking to apply restricted and general use pesticides safely, properly and according to the law. Pesticide licensure and certification is administered by the Nevada Department of Agriculture.
Pick a better snack™
This evidence-based campaign focuses on building fruit and vegetable consumption in children through healthy snacking. Pick a better snack™ is a monthly, in-school nutrition education program for primary grade children in at-risk elementary schools in Clark and Washoe counties in Nevada. In addition to direct instruction, staff works with school wellness coordinators to build meaningful and sustainable programming to create a well environment in every school.
Qualified Water Efficient Landscaper (QWEL)
Training will provide participants with local water, soil and plant information, basic and advanced irrigation principles and hands-on water audit skills they can use in the field
Raising Your Relative's Kids: How to Find Help
A guide outlining and identifing some of the resources that can help you.
Research Center & Demonstration Orchard
Researching new varieties of fruit producing trees, vines and other plant materials in sustainable ways for the Mojave Desert climate.
Seniors Eating Well
Healthy eating and nutrition education for older adults.
Small Business development in rural Nevada
University of Nevada Cooperative Extension offered business planning classes to existing and potential small-scale entrepreneurs through a series of interactive video and face-to-face classes.
Social Media Training
Extension teaches social media for businesses, community members, scientists/agriculturalists and Extension professionals
Soybean Production in Nevada
Cooperative Extension research shows that soybeans may have potential as a low-water-use alternative crop in alfalfa in Nevada. Alfalfa is one of the most grown crops in Nevada. Since Nevada is the driest state in the country, it is critical to identify profitable low-water-use crops, like the soybean.
Stay Strong, Stay Healthy
Exercise and fall prevention for older adults
Sustainable Agricultural Practices Program
Extension conducts several sustainable agriculture programs including researching alternative crops, introducing sustainable biodiversity/multiple use of rangelands, and increasing the number of pest control materials labeled in and increasing the knowledge and implementation rate of Integrated Pest Management practices in Nevada.
Team Nutrition “Smart Choices”
This program strives to address the public health issue of childhood obesity through building basic skills related to food selection and promoting an increased variety of nutritious foods consumed especially vegetables and fruits.
Tef Crop Production
The purpose of this program is to introduce Nevada farmers to and help train them in the cultivation of tef, a small-seeded grain and forage crop that requires less water than alfalfa and can be more profitable.
The Greenhouse Project
The Greenhouse Project serves as a teaching facility for hands on programs at the Carson City High School. Students help to cultivate and distribute vegetables and herbs for culinary classes and community food ban.
University Center for Economic Development
Sam Cordes, Emeritus Professor from Purdue University, presented his keys to future success for rural development at the Building a Stronger Nevada Economic development Workshop. Tom Harris discusses these keys to rural economic development with Sam Cordes in the accompanying podcast. You can make comments on this podcast in the comment section if you like.
Veggies for Kids
Veggies for Kids teaches children about healthy eating habits and improves accessibility to fresh fruits and vegetables.
Weed Prevention & Management
Integrated weed management is based on economically viable and environmentally friendly weed management tactics that combine use of herbicides with other control tactics, such as mowing, burning, tillage, grazing and re-vegetation. By taking steps to prevent weed invasion, land owners/managers and other stakeholders can avoid the economic and environmental impacts of noxious and invasive weeds.
Weed Warriors Invasive Weed Training
The Weed Warriors program tackles the growing problem of weeds on public and private land.
White Pine County 4-H Youth Development
4-H is a learn-by-doing life-skills program that teaches youth communication, self-concept, team-building, problem-solving, decision-making, self-responsibility, conflict resolution, aspiration-building, goal-setting, community leadership and career development.
Youth for the Quality Care of Animals
The curriculum teaches youth to raise quality swine, beef and dairy cattle, sheep, goats, dairy goats, rabbits, and poultry.
Youth Horticulture Education Program
Youth Horticulture Education Program is the overarching program of horticulture projects that involve youth, families and educators.