Ingersoll, S. and Shilling, C. 2017, Nye & Esmeralda County Annual Report | Fiscal Year 2017 - 2018, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno

University of Nevada Cooperative Extension is engaged in Nevada communities, presenting research-based knowledge to address critical community needs in the areas of agriculture; children, youth and families; community and economic development; horticulture; health and nutrition; and natural resources. It is a county-state-federal partnership providing practical education to people, businesses and communities. It is a unit of the University of Nevada, Reno’s College of Agriculture, Biotechnology and Natural Resources, and plays a vital role in fulfilling the University’s land-grant mission.



4-H is a proven youth development program for kids age 5-19 (age is as of 1/1/18). We offer a variety of programming in Nye County, and are working hard to provide positive and engaging activities for any interested youth.

194 youth in clubs

77 youth in special interest
and/or short-term projects

13 youth volunteers

34 adult volunteers

47 volunteers total

Our COMMUNITY CLUB created a Little Free Library, hosted Junk Drawer Robotics, National Youth Science Day, Revive Civility, an intensive art class and more.

The Little Free Library is in the parking lot just north of Pahrump 4-H’s Annex building at 1651 E. Calvada Blvd.

4-H GARDENING CLUB How does your desert garden grow? Quite well, actually! We are learning what works and what doesn't, and sometimes we get to enjoy the fruits (and, well, vegetables) of our labor.

4-H STEM (Science, Technology Engineering & Math) Clubs

Our LEGO CLUB is building a working model of a sustainable energy home; to be displayed at the Annual Meeting for shareholders of our local electric company (Cooperative). They gave a presentation recently to the Nye Communities Coalition regarding their last project (The Apollo space mission).

Our large new HOMESCHOOL CLUB is completing projects in Cooking 101, STEM, Sewing, Creative Writing, Career Readiness, and Public Speaking.

We grew from one FIRST LEGO League Tech Challenge team last year to bring nine FLL Jr. teams, one FLL team, and three FTC teams to Pahrump for a competition. Our rookie team placed second in the State competition in Reno.

Our MINECRAFT CLUB works on coding, setting up a  server, and are currently working on a film to submit to the 4-H Short Film contest in 2019 at University of Missouri.

NORTHERN NYE/ ESMERALDA COUNTY 4-H National 4-H Youth Science Day! Thank you to Mrs. Embree's 5th grade class in Tonopah celebrating with thousands of other young people taking part in this year's celebration! We did experiments using physics, speed and safety.

“Teamwork was essential in all aspects of the experiments!”


(archery/shotgun/black powder/rifle), three volunteer leaders trained. We had two shotgun competitors at the state level, and three for archery. One placed second out of 26 kids. One is going to Nationals in Nebraska in 2019.

University of Nevada Cooperative Extension's 2018 Nevada State 4-H Shooting Sports Match event brought out 94 competitors from around the state from the junior, intermediate and senior division. Fronk said he is looking forward to the national competition. Quote courtesy Pahrump Valley Times.

I’m really excited,” he said. “It’s a whole week of just shooting, practice, shooting, practice.” -Fronk


ANIMAL CLUBS include a reptile club, a canine club, and a livestock club.

We had three kids show at the Clark County fair in Logandale. The community continues to come forward with tremendous support for 4-H and an amazing group of volunteer leaders that are passionate, knowledgeable and are here for the youth.


15 youth attended 4-H Summer Camp in Lake Tahoe, NV

4 teen camp counselors helped run the 4-H Summer Camp

2 adult volunteer chaperones attended the 4-H Summer Camp


Extension Specialist M. L. Robinson initiated continuing education training at each of the master gardener monthly meetings, 6 CEU per month, so that the active members can continue to be certified.

At the farmers market, an average of 122 to 150 contacts were made weekly or approximately 1500 contacts. Extension fact sheets are handed out to citizens and questions about gardening and other extension activities are answered. The market has moved to the Tractor Supply store which is a larger venue as we grow.

The Master Gardeners, in connection with the Audubon Society, have procured $120,000 in grant money and logged over 3,300 hours of volunteer time (equal to $79,200) to develop one of the largest pollinator gardens in Nevada.

Some events at the demonstration garden include Earth Day and Annual Pruning Workshop with over 100 hours logged in our community.

FISCAL YEAR 2017 - 2018


$32,468 - Total Revenue
$52,042 - Total Expenses
$(19,574)* - Total Balance

*Expenses exceeding revenue are covered by county reserve funds.


$31,106.00 - State
$1,069.00 - Gift
$293.00 - County

Southern Nye County Cooperative Extension
1651 E. Calvada Blvd. | Pahrump, NV 89048
Stormy Ingersoll, 4-H Coordinator | 775-727-5532

Northern Nye & Esmeralda County Cooperative Extension
#1 Frankie St., Old Courthouse | Tonopah, NV 89049
Carol Shilling, 4-H Coordinator | 775-482-6794

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