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High Schoolers Win Laptops for Green Essays

High Schoolers Win Laptops for Green Essays

The Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC) in partnership with Coca-Cola awarded laptop computers to the 40 winners of an essay contest that asked local high school seniors to write a 500-word essay on how they can reduce their carbon footprint by using the services offered by the RTC.

"The level of participation was remarkable. We received hundreds of essays from students on how they use our growing transit system, bicycling amenities and other environmentally friendly services to reduce our carbon footprint," RTC General Manager Jacob Snow said.

The essay contest was open to all high school seniors graduating in 2011. Each essay was judged equally on its content and the quality of the writing.

Birding Celebration Upcoming at Local Preserve

Birding Celebration Upcoming at Local Preserve

Earth Day and International Migratory Bird Day will be lauded at the City of Henderson Parks and Recreation Department’s Birding Celebration. The free two-day event takes place from 7 a.m.-1 p.m. on April 22 and 23 at the Henderson Bird Viewing Preserve, 350 E. Galleria Dr.

The event includes workshops on birding basics, migration, and attracting hummingbirds, as well as bird identification, educational displays, walks and Bird Mobile tours. The Bird Mobile seats six visitors and is an excellent way to tour the facility, particularly for those who find walking difficult. Children over the age of 6 may ride on the Bird Mobile, but each child must be accompanied by an adult.

The preserve is located on the eastern portion of the Pacific Migratory Flyway and serves as a welcome rest stop for many birds migrating through.

International Migratory Bird Day draws attention to the journey more than 350 species of birds take between their summer and winter homes.

SNWA Seeks Entries for Water-Efficient Landscape Contest

SNWA Seeks Entries for Water-Efficient Landscape Contest

If you have a water-efficient landscape in your yard or you’re a professional who has worked on one, the Southern Nevada Water Authority has a contest for you.

Local residents and landscape professionals interested in showing off their water-efficient landscapes are encouraged to enter the SNWA's 13th Annual Landscape Awards competition.

Applications for this free community contest, along with award criteria, categories and other information are available at snwa.com through Thursday, May 12. Applications also are available by calling the Conservation Helpline at 258-SAVE (7283).

The SNWA's Landscape Awards honor residential and professional water-efficient landscapes that are both attractive and functional. Entrants must have a working irrigation system appropriate to their design.

Springs Preserve hosts Spring Plant Sale, Saturday, March 26

Springs Preserve hosts Spring Plant Sale, Saturday, March 26

Unusual, desert adapted plants including a large selection of agaves and cacti will be among those offered for sale as the Springs Preserve hosts its annual Spring Plant Sale Saturday, March 26, from 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. 

The sale will feature limited quantities of about 5,000 native and drought-tolerant plant species, including seasonal perennials. Plants will be sold in container sizes ranging from 2 inches up to 5 gallons. Springs Preserve garden staff experts will be on hand to answer customers’ questions about how to care for their new plants.

New at this year’s event will be a silent auction to bid for cactus and succulent container gardens, and “table top” garden displays also will be offered for sale.

Springs Preserve members will have exclusive access to the sale from 7-8 a.m. The sale will be open to the public from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Open Houses Slated for Red Rock Canyon

Open Houses Slated for Red Rock Canyon

The Bureau of Land Management, Red Rock/Sloan Field Office will be holding open houses the third Thursday of each month. The open houses will be held to give the public an opportunity to meet staff, get information about projects and planning, and ask questions about the management of Red Rock and Sloan Canyon National Conservation Areas and Walking Box Ranch.

The first open house will be held Thursday. Open houses will run from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Red Rock Canyon Visitor Center. When participants enter the fee booth at the entrance of the Scenic Drive, they should tell the attendant that they are attending the open house and fees will be waived.

Join "Operation Zero" and Help Clean Up Lake Mead

Join "Operation Zero" and Help Clean Up Lake Mead

The National Park Service is seeking some volunteers to help them clean up Lake Mead. As part of "Operation Zero", participants would get to take a scenic boat ride over the lake, typically about 45 minutes, and then spend 2 hours cleaning up litter from the area before another ride back to the starting point.

“There are more people who love the lake than have a boat,” said Lake Mead Volunteer Manager Nancy Bernard. “We came up with this program to cleanup remote areas while giving families and groups a chance to get out on the lake.”

NPS is searching for groups of volunteers who are available on the following days to take place in "Operation Zero":

Springs Preserve hosts Spring Plant Sale, Saturday, March 26

Springs Preserve hosts Spring Plant Sale, Saturday, March 26

Unusual, desert adapted plants including a large selection of agaves and cacti will be among those offered for sale as the Springs Preserve hosts its annual Spring Plant Sale Saturday, March 26, from 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.

The sale will feature limited quantities of about 5,000 native and drought-tolerant plant species, including seasonal perennials. Plants will be sold in container sizes ranging from 2 inches up to 5 gallons. Springs Preserve garden staff experts will be on hand to answer customers’ questions about how to care for their new plants.

New at this year’s event will be a silent auction to bid for cactus and succulent container gardens, and “table top” garden displays also will be offered for sale.

Springs Preserve members will have exclusive access to the sale from 7-8 a.m. The sale will be open to the public from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.