About Galena Creek Visitor Center Programs
There is some sort of activity or program every month of the year at Galena Creek Visitor Center. Summers are especially busy with hikes, ranger programs, youth day camps, and school break camps. Winter programs explore the snowy landscape around the Galena Creek Recreation Area. Visit the Galena Creek events calendar to see the latest about what's going on and when. Unless otherwise stated, there is a $5 per person suggested donation for Galena Creek Visitor Center programs.
Galena Creek Visitor Center Programs and Activities during August, 2014
Summer Guided Hikes - every Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 12 noon. Join us for a guided hike through Galena Creek Park with a local naturalist. You'll learn about the local topography, plant ecology, wildlife, and history of the area. Please bring appropriate clothing and shoes, sunscreen, and plenty of water.
Campfire Friday: Americana - Friday, August 1 at 7:30 p.m. Join us for a night of music in the outdoors. The Galena Creek Visitor Center welcomes the Southbound Train, an acoustic Americana musical trio, to the campfire circle. Bring flashlights as well as blankets or low-backed chairs and dress warmly.
WeChMe Lodge Open House and Community Campfire - Friday, August 8 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Come enjoy a variety of family activities, including hors d'oeuvres and drinks, slide show and video about the 2014 Great Basin Naturalists camp, presentation on owls, release of owls by Wild Animal Infirmary for Nevada, and marshmallows, hot chocolate and singing around the campfire. The Lodge at WeChMe is at the south entrance to Galena Creek Recreation Area, about seven miles up the Mt. Rose Highway from south Reno.
Campfire Friday: Reptiles - Friday, August 15 at 7:30 p.m. Join us for our last community campfire of the summer. The Galena Creek Visitor Center welcomes you and some reptilian friends to the campfire circle. Bring flashlights as well as blankets or low-backed chairs and dress warmly.
Galena Toddlers - Thursday, August 21 at 10 a.m. Nature education for the knee-high, including a story time followed by an activity, game, or short hike, all focusing on our natural world.
Summer Bird Walk - Saturday, August 23 at 8 a.m. Come see the birds of Galena Creek. Alan Gubanich of the Lahontan Audubon Society will lead this bird walk through the park. Binoculars are available at the Visitor Center.
Geocaching Workshop - Saturday, August 30 at 9 a.m. If you are interested in learning the basics of geocaching, plan on attending this workshop. Children and adults of all ages are encouraged to attend. Meet at the Visitor Center, and bring sturdy shoes, plenty of water, and a GPS unit or smart phone if you have one. If not, GPS units may be provided.
Summer Exploration Camps
Great Basin Naturalists at Galena is holding Summer Exploration Camps for ages 8 through 12 with new weekly themes, new special guest presenters, and the return of the Teen Leadership Academy for ages 13 through 17. Camps start in June and continue into August, 2014. Get the details and sign up online at the Galena Creek Visitor Center website. Here are the current and upcoming 2014 summer camps at Galena Creek...
- June 30 to July 3: This Land is Your Land (day camp)
- July 7 to July 11: Destination Wilderness I (day camp)
- July 14 to July 18: Destination Wilderness II (day camp)
- July 21 to July 25: Water Journeys (residential or day camp)
- July 28 to August 1: Imaginarium (residential or day camp)
- August 4 to August 8: Keepers of the Forest (residential or day camp)
Other Things To Do at Galena Creek Visitor Center
Hiking - Galena Creek Recreation Area provides access to several hiking trails. In addition to a paved, half-mile nature trail next to the Galena Creek Visitor Center, there is the Jones-Whites Creek Loop Trail, Bitterbrush Trail, Upper Thomas Creek Trail, Dry Pond Trail, Upper Whites Creek Trail, and the Mt. Rose Wilderness Area. A Galena to Tahoe Trail, connecting Thomas Creek to Mt. Rose saddle, is projected to open in 2013, providing access from Reno to the Tahoe Rim Trail.
Fall and Winter - The forest in and around the Galena Creek Recreation Area has lots of deciduous trees and bushes, making it a great place to enjoy fall color while taking a cool hike. If you are a photographer, you can get some colorful shots of the changing seasons in the woods and along Galena Creek. When the snow falls, the Galena Creek Visitor Center offers programs both inside the building and outside at various places around the park. You can bring snowshoes and hit the trails exploring the winter landscape on your own. Other possible winter activities include sledding, tubing, and cross-country skiing.
Galena Creek Visitor Center and Park Hours
Summer season is May 1 through October 15. Hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday. Winter season is October 16 through April 30. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday through Sunday. The rest of Galena Creek Regional Park is open year around for day use. For more information, call the ranger office at (775) 849-2511.
Getting to the Galena Creek Visitor Center
The Visitor Center is at 18250 Mt. Rose Highway (Nevada 431). The Center and parking area are just inside the north entrance to Galena Creek Recreation Area. (You'll also see this area sometimes referred to as Galena Creek Regional Park.). From Reno, either go south on S. Virginia Street to the Mt. Rose Highway and turn right (at The Summit Shopping Center), or take U.S. 395 south to the Mt. Rose Highway exit and go right. Just after you get into the trees, looks for signs and a right turn into the Galena Creek Visitor Center parking area. For more information, call (775) 849-4948.
About Galena Creek Visitor Center
Galena Creek Visitor Center is the result of a partnership between the U.S. Forest Service (Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest) and Washoe County Regional Parks and Open Space. The Visitor Center is operated by the Great Basin Institute, which provides staff, volunteers, and a wide range of educational nature programs for children and families. The Visitor Center is located along the scenic Mt. Rose Highway at the southwest edge of Reno, Nevada.
Source: Galena Creek Visitor Center website and e-newsletter.