About our College

A founding college of the University, we have a long tradition of excellence in teaching, research and engagement programs that benefit the health and economic vitality of Nevada. We offer programs in:

  • agriculture, horticulture, rangeland & veterinary sciences
  • biochemistry and molecular biology
  • children, youth & families
  • community and economic development
  • health and nutrition
  • natural resources and environmental science

Extension to aid in the fight against domestic violence in Clark and Elko Counties

Clark County students learn about the health benefits of blood oranges and bell peppers

Extension staff walks between students seated at desks in a classroom.

Extension Community Based Instructor Cathy Baptista passes out blood oranges, the Produce Pick of the Month, for third grade students to taste in the classroom. 

Students having fun making citrus peel smiles with their blood orange samples.

The third graders learned how the blood oranges were grown and why oranges are so beneficial to their health.

Extension staff stands with three students smiling while they hold bell peppers.

Bailey Elementary students smile as they enjoy this month’s lesson on bell peppers.

Extension staff and students dancing with their hands up.

During the lessons, students also learn about exercise. This time, they danced to Extension's Healthy Kids "Pack It Up" hip-hop song.

Third grade girl smells a bell pepper.

As smelling is a huge component of experiencing food, this student enjoys the aroma of a red bell pepper.

Students at desks tasting blood orange samples and writing on bright red paper.

Not only do students taste the Produce Pick of the Month in the classroom, they also take part in a sensory evaluation, analyzing its sensory qualities and writing down adjectives that describe them.

Extension holds annual bare root tree sale in Clark County

Extension hires personnel to help improve nutrition and health in Nevada

University of Nevada, Reno Extension recently named Macy Helm as SNAP-Ed coordinator and Brian Luckey as SNAP-Ed evaluation coordinator to assist in increasing the health and nutrition program’s impact throughout Nevada. Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as food stamps, provides nutrition benefits to supplement the food budgets of those with lower incomes to help improve their nutritional well-being. SNAP-Ed is the educational outreach associated with the program to teach people how to make their benefits stretch further, how to shop for and cook healthy meals, and how to stay physically active.

These positions will be especially important in Clark County as 30% of Clark County is eligible for SNAP-Ed activities, according to the 2019 American Community Survey. Currently, Extension’s SNAP-Ed programming team is working on policy, systems and environmental interventions with 22 sites in Clark County to increase the access to and appeal of healthy eating and physical activity. 

Macy Helm (left) serves as SNAP-Ed coordinator. Photo by James Guiry. Brian Luckey serves as SNAP-Ed evaluation coordinator. Photo by Robert Moore.


Honors, accolades accorded to Extension, Clark County employees

Extension’s Healthy Kids, Healthy Schools team, led by Extension Specialist Aurora Calvillo Buffington, recently received a Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition from Congressman Steven Horsford for providing Clark County School District students with nourishment and nutritional education received during the Chefs for Kids breakfast at Booker Elementary School in Las Vegas.

Hayley Maio was recently named Extension educator for southern Nye County.

Extension’s Healthy Aging Newsletter was distributed statewide alongside Governor Sisolak’s proclamation for Nutrition Month in Nevada. Healthy Aging is Extension’s program offering physical activity, nutrition education and health promotion to elders throughout Nevada.

In front of a red stage curtain and homemade Booker Loves Chefs for Kids banner, two Extension staff members stand with a representative from Congressman Horsford's office.

Aurora Calvillo Buffington (center) receives the Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition from Congressman Steven Horsford. Presented by Ishmael Carroll (right), Outreach Coordinator from the Office of Congressman Horsford.

Haley Maio was recently named Extension educator for southern Nye County.

Malloy, M., Alfaro, H. and L. Ruskamp 2022, Expanding Knowledge in Clark County | Vol 22, Issue 02, Extension, University of Nevada, Reno, Newsletter

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Also of Interest:

Clark County, Las Vegas, Nevada 4-H 2022-2023 Program Evaluation Report
In the 2022-2023 4-H program year, the Clark County Extension team reached 9,938 youth participants, the urban Extension team reached 7,552, and the core urban 4-H team reached 2,649. The core urban 4-H team delivered 123 programs with 1,964.5 contact hours. The remaining Extensi...
Solis-Leon, J; Luna, N; Christiansen, E. 2024, Extension, University of Nevada, Reno, 4-H Report
Clark County, Las Vegas, Nevada 4-H 2021-2022 Program Evaluation Report
In the 2021-2022 4-H program year, the Clark County Extension team reached 11,867 youth participants. This report is an overview of the evaluation.
Luna, N. and Solis-Leon J. 2023, Extension, University of Nevada, Reno, County Report
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Payments in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) to Nevada Counties in 2021: Clark County
This fact sheet outlines the procedures for calculating the level of federal payment from the Payments in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) Program.
T.R. Harris, R. Chicola 2023, Extension, University of Nevada, Reno, FS-23-15
Clark County 4-H, 2020-2021 4-H Attendance and Evaluation Report Luna, Nora and Solis-Leon, Jesus 2021, Extension, University of Nevada, Reno, County Report
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Demographic Characteristics for Clark County, Nevada
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