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When I tell people I work for University of Nevada Cooperative Extension, I often receive blank stares in response. Not everyone knows about Cooperative Extension, or its free and low-cost 4-H youth development; agriculture; children, youth and families; community development; health and nutrition; horticulture; and natural resources programs and services. But now is the time to find out!
Learn what Cooperative Extension can do for you at Field Day, Saturday, September 14, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Clean Water Way in Reno. This free event is held annually in collaboration with the College of Agriculture, Biotechnology and Natural Resources to help increase awareness of the two colleges and their University programs and research. At the event, the following Cooperative Extension programs will provide free consultations, fact sheets, hands-on educational activities, research presentations and more!
- 4-H Youth Development: The Merry Milkers 4-H Club will host a Nigerian Dwarf goat petting zoo for kids and adults to enjoy. 4-H staff will work with youth ages 9-19 to perform hands-on chemical energy experiments. 4-H’ers will present an overview of the 4-H program, opportunities for adult volunteers and information about 4-H Clubs, including shooting sports, dog, livestock and small animal clubs.
- Health: Learn how to reduce your lung cancer risk and receive free radon test kits, EPA literature and other giveaways from the Nevada Radon Education Program. Teachers and school-aged youth can win cash prizes through the program’s poster contest. Free crayons and radon activity books will be available.
- Horticulture: Master Gardener Volunteers and a Certified Arborist will provide free consultations. Stop by our season extension display to learn how to make the most of Nevada’s short growing season. Free weed identification and vegetable coloring books and “Don’t Move Firewood” frisbees, water bottles and temporary tattoos will be available.
- Horticulture: Bioplastic Container Cropping Systems researchers will display different types of experimental plant pots. These pots, made from materials like paper fiber and plastics created from edible crop production byproducts, are an example of new green technology for Nevada’s plant industry. Learn about the pots’ in-ground degradation rates and the future of buying potted plants in Nevada!
- Natural Resources: At the Living With Fire program’s Ember House, youth (ages 4-14) will toss embers at hot spots. See how burning embers traveling ahead of wildfires can destroy your home, and learn what you can do to prevent it. Free work gloves and defensible space literature will be available.
Other Field Day activities include wine tasting; hay wagon rides; roping demonstrations; souvenir shingle branding; and dairy hill, field, livestock and Wolf Pack Meats tours. A free Field Day Booklet detailing the day’s schedule and research abstracts will be available at the event. A $5 tri-tip lunch plate can be purchased from Wolf Pack Meats. Proceeds from lunch sales support agriculture-related University student organizations. For more Field Day information, visit www.cabnr.unr.edu/fieldday/. To learn more about Cooperative Extension, visit www.unce.unr.edu.
Ashley Andrews is the Horticulture Assistant with the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension. For questions about your plants, contact a Master Gardener at 775-336-0265 or firstname.lastname@example.org.