I recently reported that there would be no 2021 in-person Discover Your Parks Walks. However, that has changed and the Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation (TMPF) will be hosting walks at various parks on Thursdays from April through September, 2021. Attendance is limited and you must sign up online from the TMPF website.

If you are still not too keen on mingling with groups of people, you can virtually visit several popular parks and trails with guided hike presentations at “Virtual Hikes” on the TMPF website. The good part is you can do these hikes and park visits whenever you want, whether you just visit from home or actually get out and put boots on the ground.

Get additional information from “Discover Your Parks Walks in Washoe County.”

What are noxious weeds? They are plants that have been identified by the state of Nevada to be harmful to agriculture, the general public, or the environment.

Though it’s not immediately obvious, invasive weeds cause serious problems with the water supply and other natural features in the Truckee Meadows. Here are some of the negative ways noxious weeds affect our area…

  • Increased soil erosion
  • Increased soil salinity
  • Increased flood potential
  • Decreased water quality
  • Decreased forage and crop yield
  • Displaced wildlife and native plants
  • Reduced recreation potential
  • Increased fire danger

For more information about each of these impacts, visit “Help Stop the Invasion of Invasive and Noxious Weeds!” from Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful (KTMB). This article also provides ways you can help prevent the spread of these bad plants while visiting the great outdoors, plus information on volunteering for KTMB cleanup events.

Source: Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful (KTMB).

“Grow Your Own, Nevada! – Gardening classes in Reno” is where you can learn how to grow vegetables and other plants in northern Nevada. It is a series of presentations sponsored by the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension (UNCE).

The classes are for home gardeners and small scale growers. They impart basic horticultural information and also provide information about new and alternative growing methods. If you are interested in food safety, self – sufficiency, and have a desire to eat locally grown food, these classes are for you.

The first class in the spring series is on Tuesday, April 6, 2021. This one is about starting plants from seed. All classes (8 in total) will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays in April, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Due to coronavirus concerns, classes will be held via Zoom this spring rather than in person.

There is no cost for the online classes, but you need to register to attend. Refer to my Grow Your Own, Nevada! article for information about registering and the topics of all classes in the series.