Outdoor site of the Office of the Register.

Mission Statement

To provide UNLV students, staff, and alumni a safe and aesthetically pleasing outdoor environment to learn, congregate, and grow.


The UNLV Arboretum was established in May of 1985. Legislation enabled the University of Nevada Board of Regents to establish arboreta at both of the four-year institutions within the state, including our sister arboretum at the University of Nevada, Reno.

The UNLV Arboretum includes the entire 335-acre campus. Of this acreage, 80 acres are landscaped with trees, shrubs, and turf, including a two acre Xeric Garden. The grounds are often referred to as the Emerald in the Desert, a maxim that has been attached to the recently created Arboretum logo.

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The personnel within the Landscape, Grounds, and Arboretum Department take great pride in the appearance of the UNLV campus. If you have any questions or concerns you may contact us by phone at 702-895-3392 or you may email us.

Contact Information

Help Desk


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Installation / Maintenance / Plant Health


  • Rock, Concrete and Paver Installation
  • Plants, Trees, Irrigation, and Flowers
  • Handrails, Bike Racks, Benches, Trash Can, Posts, Signage, Bollards, Electrical Light Bases, Fences, Windscreens, Thermo-Striping and Parking Blocks


  • Mowing Operations and Irrigation
  • Vehicles Services (Cart, Equipment, & Motor Vehicle Repairs)
  • Tree Care-Pruning-Floral Care-Mulch
  • Tree Campus USA-International Society of Arboriculture-Professional Grounds Management Society

Plant Health Care

  • Arbor-jetting and Fertilization
  • Root injections, wetting agents, and soil drenches
  • Disease and Insect Diagnosis
  • Nevada Department of Agriculture License Holders
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Irrigation Installation & Management

Certified & Licensed Technicians

  • Installation - Our highly qualified technicians make all necessary irrigation installations on new projects throughout campus.
  • Maintenance - Monthly performance wet-checks are scheduled in Web-TMA. Routinely, water usage is adjusted to coincide with the Water Authority restrictions in the Desert. Water compliance and management are a very important part of campus watering management.
  • Service Calls - Our team of trained irrigation technicians are ready to deploy after hours and service the UNLV community.

Departmental Personnel

James Kearney

Facilities Supervisor II
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James moved from Hawaii to Las Vegas in 1999 to attend UNLV. After graduating with his bachelor's degree in Business Management from UNLV, he worked in the construction industry for a few years. The economic downturn in 2008 led him to seek out a more stable career. James held several positions within the department including, Tree Worker, Equipment Operator, Irrigation, Construction Supervisor,…

Jose “Rich” Jimenez

Facilities Supervisor II
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Rich started in the landscape industry at UNLV in 1996. He has done many tasks while at UNLV such as: tree work, irrigation work, chemicals, and supervisory. Rich has been a Certified Arborist since 2008. He left UNLV in 1998 and went to the Davey Tree Expert Company, where he was a Foreman ,Supervisor, Salesman and Plant health Care Technician, before returning to UNLV in 2014