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Classes and Tours are FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. Unless noted, registration is not necessary.

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Sierra Vista Classes and Tours

AZ WaterJANUARY

Saturday, January 9 - "Water in Arizona: Past, Present and Future"
9:00 to 11:00 AM

UA Sierra Vista, 1140 N. Colombo Ave, Sierra Vista, AZ, Groth Hall, Public Meeting Room.

Come learn how water supplies have influenced Arizona's historical growth and how water quality helps assure safe supplies for the future.

Presenters: Chuck Graf, Senior Hydrologist, ADEQ and Sandra Hurlbut, UA Cochise County Cooperative Extension Water Wise Program

 

ErosionFEBRUARY

Saturday, February 6 - "Growing Wild" - Managing Erosion and Supporting Pollinators
9:00 to 10:30 AM

UA Sierra Vista, 1140 N. Colombo Ave, Sierra Vista, AZ, Groth Hall, Public Meeting Room.

Help your landscape "grow wild!" Learn how to prevent erosion using low cost, hands on techniques and native plants to enhance your backyard's natural beauty and support local pollinator's too!

Presenter: David Seibert, Executive Director, Borderlands Retoration

 

MARCH

PruningSaturday, March 12 - "Make the Right Cut" Pruning Maintenance of Woody Plants
9 to 11:30 AM

UA Sierra Vista, 1140 N. Colombo Ave, Sierra Vista, AZ, Groth Hall, Public Meeting Room.

Are you confused about the how, when and why of pruning your lanscape plants? If so, come learn how to make your first cut the right cut. Discover the best season to prune and techniques that will help your plants thrive.

This is an outside demonstration, dress for the weather.

Presenter: DeForest Lewis, Cochise County Master Gardener, Certified Arborist - WCISA

 

APRIL

WAM! April is “Water Awareness Month”

DripSaturday, April 2 – Hands on Help with Your Drip Irrigation System
9:30 to 11:00 AM

C-A-L Ranch, 673 N. Highway 90, Sierra Vista, AZ..

Drip irrigation saves water and is ideal for low water landscapes! Learn the basics of drip irrigation and gain experience cutting pipe, inserting emitters and connecting parts and pieces.

 Saturday, April 16 – Two Do-It-Yourself Drip Irrigation Clinics:
9:30 to 11 AM The Home Depot, Sierra Vista, and 1:00 to 2:30 PM at LOWES Home Improvement Store, Sierra Vista, AZ.

Drip irrigation saves water and is ideal for low water landscapes! Learn the basics of drip irrigation and gain experience cutting pipe, inserting emitters and connecting parts and pieces.

Presenter: Steve Poe, UA Tucson, Extension Specialist

MAY

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  Saturday, May 7 - Designing with Succulents
9 to 10:30 AM

UA Sierra Vista, 1140 N. Colombo Ave, Sierra Vista, AZ, Groth Hall Public Meeting Room

What could be more visually delightful than enhancing the subtleties of our desert landscape with an exquisite array of low water succulents!

Presenter: Greg Corman, Landscape Designer, Gardening Insights

 

RW tankJUNE

    Saturday, June 4 - Rainwater Harvesting - the Basics
9 to 10:30 AM

UA Sierra Vista, 1140 N. Colombo Ave, Sierra Vista, AZ, Groth Hall, Public Meeting Room.

Rainwater harvesting has been practiced for thousands of years but only recenlty has its use been cultivated in the United States. Join us to learn the basics of how to harvest rain at your home.

Presenter: Sandra Hurlbut, UA Cochise County Cooperative Extension Water Wise Program


JULY

Saturday July 9th - Rainwater Talk & Tour
8 to 11 AM    Registration required

RWH TourTalk: UA Sierra Vista, 1140 N. Colombo Ave, Sierra Vista, AZ, Groth Hall, Public Meeting Room. Tour: Sierra Vista area

Join us for a ½ hour discussion on rainwater harvesting and systems design followed by a tour around Sierra Vista which highlights some innovative and simple approaches to harvesting rain. If transportation is provided, a fee may be requested.

Host: UA Cochise County Cooperative Extension Water Wise Program

To register, email us or call Water Wise at 458-8278 x 2141

 

AUGUSTMoth on flower

Saturday, August 20th – Native Plants and Their Pollinators    
9:00 to 11:00 AM

UA Sierra Vista, 1140 N. Colombo Ave, Sierra Vista, AZ, Groth Hall, Public Meeting Room.

Would you like a garden which requires less water, maintenance, and pesticides, AND is healthier for you and the nautral world? Join us to learn the many advantages of using local native plants in your garden and becoming a partner with nature.

Select plants will be for sale after the talk.

Presenters:Karen Lemay, Founder, Pollinator Corridors SW and Peter Gierlach, Owner Spadefoot Nursery

 

SEPTEMBER

Water Well Saturday, September 10 - Arizona Domestic Well Owner's Workshop
9 AM to 12 PM

UA Sierra Vista, 1140 N. Colombo Ave, Sierra Vista, AZ, Groth Hall, Public Meeting Room.

Learn the basics of well components, well maintenance and wellhead protection. Understand why you should test your water and learn how to choose home water treatment options.

Presenters:Dr. Janick Artiola, UA Water Quality Specialist and Gary Hix, Former President of the Arizona Water Well Association


OCTOBER

Landscape Saturday, October 8 (tentative)

19th Annual Water Wise/Master Gardener Xeriscape Tour


Time: TBD

Join us for a fun and informative self-guided tour featuring some of Sierra Vista’s most beautiful and successful Xeriscaped homes and gardens!

Maps will be available before the tour by contacting the Cooperative Extension office.

For maps and details email us or call Water Wise at 458-8278 x 2141 .

 

NOVEMBER

Septic systemSaturday, November 5 - Septic Care Workshop
9 to 11 AM

UA Sierra Vista, 1140 N. Colombo Ave, Sierra Vista, AZ, Groth Hall, Public Meeting Room.

Do you know how to care for your septic system? When was the last time it was pumped? Just because it's out of sight doesn't mean it should be out of mind. Come learn how to take good care of your septic system.

Presenter: Dr. Kitt Farrell-Poe, UA-Tucson Water Quality Specialist

 

Other 2016 UA Cooperative Extension Events

Saturday, July 16 (tentative) - Bisbee Rainwater Harvesting Talk and Tour
8 to 11 AM (tentative)

Registration required. Free

Contact: Email UA Cochise County Cooperative Extension Water Wise Program for details.

 

Cochise County Master Gardeners

High on the Desert Annual conference - March 10 and 11, 2016

2016 Master Gardener Plant Sales:


April 23 at 9 AM - UA Sierra Vista Campus, 1140 Colombo Ave, Sierra Vista
September 17 at 9 AM - UA Sierra Vista Campus, 1140 Colombo Ave, Sierra Vista

 

Cochise Chapter of the Arizona Native Plant Society

 

 

clippersFree On-Site Visits

For Cochise County Residents: Need help with your landscape? Don't know how to water or what that plant is in your yard? No fear, Water Wise is here! Water Wise specialists are available to visit your home or business and help you do what you want, but more water efficiently.

A qualified water conservation educator will visit your home or business and give tips specific to you! Contact us! (Phone numbers listed below).

  • Free Irrigation Inspection: Do you know how your irrigation system works? Do you know if it leaks? Do you know how to set the timer? We can help!

  • Free Landscape Design Consultation: Need ideas on how to have a lovely, low-water landscape? Want to have a landscape that relies on rainwater harvesting? We can help!

  • Free Rainwater Harvesting Consultation: Want to collect rainwater but don't know where to start? Have a system you would like to expand? We can help!

    University of Arizona Cooperative Extension Water Wise Office County Locations:

    University of Arizona Sierra Vista
    1140 N. Colombo
    Sierra Vista, AZ, 85635
    520-458-8278 x 2141
    Sandra Hurlbut

66 Brewery Gulch
Bisbee, AZ
520-366-8148
Sandra Hurlbut

Cochise County Building
450 S. Haskell
Willcox, AZ 85643
520-384-3594
Sandra Hurlbut

 

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