Naturalist program begins April 7 for those who love the outdoors

Nevada Naturalist, a University of Nevada Cooperative Extension program, is looking for interested adults to participate. The Nevada Naturalist program educates and trains adults interested in learning about the natural resources in Southern Nevada. Participants study environmental education and interpretation, laws and regulations, and environmental issues.

The focus of the program is to give a broad understanding of nature to participants interested in learning, volunteering, teaching and participating in conservation projects and issues. The program will give participants the skills and confidence necessary to make a difference for environmental stewardship and conservation in Southern Nevada.

The program is open to individuals of all backgrounds. The spring semester begins April 7 from 6-9 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays at the Lifelong Learning Center, 8050 Paradise Road.

Field trips are scheduled on Saturdays at various times and locations, including classrooms, museums and in the field. The cost is $195 per semester, which includes all program materials, refreshments and some field trips.

For more information or to register, contact Denise Parsons at 702-948-5906 or email

Semester two will be offered in the fall.

Topics include ecology, regional plants and animals, invasive species, geology and soils, environmental laws, taxonomy, biological diversity, and more.

Students complete a project intended to increase their capacity and knowledge about specific issues that interest them. Participants receive a certificate following the completion of the course and their projects.

The Nevada Naturalist Program is sponsored and coordinated by Cooperative Extension. Participating partners include the Henderson Bird Viewing Preserve, Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, Nevada State Museum, Las Vegas Museum of Natural History, Clark County Wetlands Park, U.S. Fish &Wildlife Service, National Park Service and Nevada Wildlife Department.