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2015 Highlights & Current Events    

Grossology: The (Impolite) Science of the Human Body
May Museum, Rancho San Rafael Regional Park
January 3 - April 26, 2015

Eeewwwww, gross! Explore why your body produces mushy, oozy, crusty, scaly, and smelly gunk in GROSSOLOGY. This all-ages science-in-disguise exhibition uses animatronics and imaginative games to tell you the good, the bad, and the downright ugly about the human body! Find out more on the May Museum page.


Come in from the Cold Family Entertainment Series
Western Heritage Interpretive Center, Bartley Ranch

Come in from the cold Saturday evenings from January through March with a warm drink and some great local artists. Each program begins at 7pm with doors opening at 5pm. Seating is limited to 200 persons. A suggested donation of $3 per person is requested. Schedule subject to change.

Come in from the Cold 2015 Schedule
Jan. 10- Northern Nevada Bluegrass            
Jan. 17- Slide Mountain Band                      
Jan. 24- Strange on the Range
Jan. 31- Sierra Sweethearts                                  
Feb. 7-   Jim Buehler and Westwind
Feb. 14- TBD
Feb. 21- Contraband   
Feb. 28- Richard Elloyan
Mar. 7-   Blarney Band
Mar. 14- Reno Youth Jazz Orchestra

May Arboretum Offers Horticulture Training for Volunteers!

Rancho San Rafael Regional Park, 1595 N. Sierra Street, Reno
March 3-24, Tuesdays/Wednesdays/Thursdays, 10am-12pm

Learn how you can help care for Washoe County's arboretum and public gardens from the roots up when the Wilbur D. May Arboretum offers a series of horticulture training classes for volunteers. Classes will cover an array of volunteer activites from plant and soil care to proper pruning. A variety of local experts will present, and hands on activities are included. View a complete schedule of classes and fee information here. Seating is limited and preregistration is required. Contact Volunteer Coordinator Denise Evans at (775) 785-4512 x107 to sign up by February 23th!


A Brushwork Roundup: Western Paintings and Drawings
by Craig Sheppard

Visitors Center at Rancho San Rafael Park Regional Park
Runs thru February 7, 2015

View the complete Press Release. Photo Credit: Craig Sheppard, November Rain, Watercolor with acrylic varnish on board, 1973. Collection of the Nevada Museum of Art.



Carson Sierra Spinners and Weavers Guild demonstrations and Historic Huffaker School Open House
Bartley Ranch Regional Park, 6000 Bartley Ranch Road

The Carson Sierra Spinners and Weavers Guild are a group of local craft artists that promote appreciation and knowledge of fiber arts in our community through demonstation, and encourage others to take up spinning and weaving to keep the fiber arts alive. The Historic Huffaker School will be open between 9am and 3pm for viewing of live demonstrations by the Spinners and Weavers, and for self guided tours. Park Rangers will be offering guided tours of the historic school house at 1pm. Dates include: Dec. 13, 2014 and Jan. 10, Feb. 14, March 14, April 11, Nov. 14 and Dec. 12 in 2015. This is a free event.


On behalf of our community partner, Tahoe-Pyramid Bikeway, we want to alert you to the temporary closure of the road from Verdi to Fleish Bridge. This section of roadway will remain closed through the end of the year until constuction is complete. In the meantime, there are alternate sections of Bikeway to explore. Visit for more information, or pick up a copy of Washoe County Park's Truckee Meadows Trail Guide.

Trails challenge posterHave you taken the Truckee Meadows Trail Challenge?
Get fit by exploring your parks with Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation! The Trails Challenge is a brand new program in partnership with Washoe County, City of Reno, and City of Sparks. Designed for all ages and ability levels, the Truckee Meadows Trails Challenge is a great opportunity to explore countless miles of park trails while improving your health, body and mind. Read more about it HERE or visit!

Get a head start by downloading a PDF of Truckee Meadows Trails Guide!


Please check back often as we will continue to add events and announcements through the summer! Also "LIKE" Washoe County Regional Parks and Open Space on Facebook for updates!

Our mission is to provide exceptional parks, open space, and recreational opportunities while preserving our natural, historical and cultural resources.

Regional Open Space and Natural Resource Management Plan

For details about our parks and reservable facilities, please use one of the PDF links below. 

Parks Guide        
Parks Guide           Reservable Facilities Guide                Trail Guide