• Discover Your Parks Walks

    Mira Loma Park

    Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation is leading weekly interpretive hikes in a park near you! Come explore a new location and learn about the various ecology and unique history of parks in our area. Plan on spending a little more than one hour on each walk. Distances range from 0.5 miles to 1.5 miles. Hikes begin Thursday, April 4th, 2019 and will continue every Thursday through the end of September. The walks are free and open to everyone. The first walk will be on April 4th at 6:00 pm at Truckee Meadows Nature Study Area. For the full schedule visit: https://www.tmparksfoundation.org/copy-of-discover-your-parks-walks

  • Meet Your State Reptile: The Desert Tortoise

    Galena Creek Visitor Center

    Come and meet a live desert tortoise. Meeghan Gray, Ph.D., instructor in the Biology Department at TMCC will share information about our state reptile. Come and learn how long they live, how they survive winter, how their gender is determined and why they are listed as a threatened species.

  • Pest Management and Insect Conservation: Walking the Line

    Galena Creek Visitor Center

    Managing plant and insect pests is an important part of agriculture at all scales, from the home owner and home gardener to large scale farming operations. Integrated Pest Management (IPM) offers a framework to protect your garden from pests while also protecting beneficial insects like pollinators or predatory wasps and flies. This talk will give a brief overview of IPM principles and discuss how you can use them in your gardening adventures.

  • Walk and Soak Day Trip to Sierra Hot Springs

    Sierra Hot Springs

    Let's spend the day at the incredibly tranquil Sierra Hot Springs outside of Sierraville, CA. There are great trails all around it, of varying lengths, then places to change for soaks. It takes under an hour to get there from central Reno, mostly through beautiful and peaceful scenery! Their little café is open[masked]pm for lunch and[masked]pm Fri-Mon for dinner and is quite good, and there are 3 fun places only minutes away. And the big welcome house onsite has fridge and kitchen facilities, so bring your own--I do...:-) This is set on a Sunday (they are 24/7), to enable us to unwind after a week of Meetup events, etc...;-) There is a large warm pool, smaller indoor hot pool, beautiful outdoor round natural pool, and several bath options. Carpooling is encouraged, arrange meeting spots in the comments. And on site parking is plentiful. Only one person pays the Membership fee. Then all Meetup members individually pay $25 for all-access that day. Important--PLEASE read the whole website to decide about your rsvp, apparel, etc. Website: http://www.sierrahotsprings.org/intro.htm This Meetup is cross-posted with other Meetup Groups.

  • Discover Your Parks Walks

    Ballardini Ranch Trailhead

    Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation is leading weekly interpretive hikes in a park near you! Come explore a new location and learn about the various ecology and unique history of parks in our area. Plan on spending a little more than one hour on each walk. Distances range from 0.5 miles to 1.5 miles. Hikes begin Thursday, April 4th, 2019 and will continue every Thursday through the end of September. The walks are free and open to everyone. The first walk will be on April 4th at 6:00 pm at Truckee Meadows Nature Study Area. For the full schedule visit: https://www.tmparksfoundation.org/copy-of-discover-your-parks-walks

  • Forest Dwelling Bats

    Galena Creek Visitor Center

    Bats! A mysterious creature that we usually think of sleeping or flying through the caves or mines of Nevada. But many species live in the forest and use caves only some of the time. So come explore with bat aficionado Kellie Carter, which species live in the trees and how bats use the forest.

  • Discover Your Parks Walks

    Sun Valley Regional Park

    Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation is leading weekly interpretive hikes in a park near you! Come explore a new location and learn about the various ecology and unique history of parks in our area. Plan on spending a little more than one hour on each walk. Distances range from 0.5 miles to 1.5 miles. Hikes begin Thursday, April 4th, 2019 and will continue every Thursday through the end of September. The walks are free and open to everyone. The first walk will be on April 4th at 6:00 pm at Truckee Meadows Nature Study Area. For the full schedule visit: https://www.tmparksfoundation.org/copy-of-discover-your-parks-walks

  • Annual Spring Caughlin Ranch Blacktop Sunset Walk

    Alum Creek Blacktop Easement

    Let's spend a couple hours this beautiful Spring strolling along the beautifully-landscaped blacktop walkways on the west side of the Caughlin Ranch area, up against the Sierras. Waterfowl, wildflowers, great Sierra views and relaxing environment, just the ticket for a weekend. Directions: Take West McCarran to the southerly Caughlin Parkway (where Raley's shopping center is). Turn R/West (if coming south from I-80) and follow Caughlin Parkway past the shopping center, past Village Green Dr. intersection, then L at Turning Leaf Way, and park along the street (carefully) across from the blacktop easement between 4865 &4871. We will walk about 3.5-4 miles RT to the Mayberry and McCarran underpass and Besty Caughlin Donnelly Park, then reverse or as short as the group makeup and timing prefers.

  • Spring Marina walk, then to Trivia Nite at Buffalo Wildwings

    This particular Sunday evening, we'll start at 5pm to the left of the front of Scheels Parking Lot and stroll around the beautiful Sparks Marina. Then on to Buffalo Wild Wings for our weekly Trivia and dine (optional, but yum!) If you want to just stroll the Marina with us, or just enjoy trivia at 6pm, that's great too. Buffalo Wild Wings has agreed to sponsor a "Special" trivia night using the "Buzztime' playmaker system for our Meetup groups. They will also be offering for the Meetup group food/drink specials and discounts. The more people that join in, the more fun. It says we start at 600 PM but you can come at anytime and play for as long as you want to. Come as often as you wish. There isn't a limit on how many players we have. If we grow to a bigger group, he will get us more playmakers. This is a trivia game with hand held devices to answer on. Once you are registered, you sign in on your device, the questions come up on the T.V. screens and you answer the multiple choice question on your playmaker. We don't just play against each other, but other bars across the U.S. To Create your profile prior to attending (or you can sign up the night of the game night) (1) sign on to: http://www.buzztime.com 2) go to Players, then Get started (3) click on the "Sign me up for free" and create your account. You can even make an avatar for yourself too. Once you are registered, go to Find a group (on the left list), and look for "Sparks, NV Meetup" and join this group. You will be able to keep track of your awards and how you are doing against others.

  • Discover Your Parks Walks

    Lockwood Trailhead

    Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation is leading weekly interpretive hikes in a park near you! Come explore a new location and learn about the various ecology and unique history of parks in our area. Plan on spending a little more than one hour on each walk. Distances range from 0.5 miles to 1.5 miles. Hikes begin Thursday, April 4th, 2019 and will continue every Thursday through the end of September. The walks are free and open to everyone. The first walk will be on April 4th at 6:00 pm at Truckee Meadows Nature Study Area. For the full schedule visit: https://www.tmparksfoundation.org/copy-of-discover-your-parks-walks