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Programs and Events at Galena Creek Visitor Center

Seasonal Nature Programs for All Ages


Galena Greek Visitor Center, south Reno, Nevada.

Galena Creek Visitor Center

Photo © Stan White
Galena Creek Visitor Center, Reno, Nevada, NV

Galena Creek Visitor Center.

Photo © Stan White

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 July, 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.

Galena Toddlers - Thursday, July 17 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 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.

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