Washoe County Regional Parks and Open Space

Regional Parks and Open Space is part of Washoe County's Community Services Department. Our mission is to provide exceptional parks, open space and recreational opportunities while preserving our natural, historical and cultural resources. Washoe County manages over 12,000 acres including over 10,000 acres of open space, 49 parks, an Arboretum, developed trails, trailheads, athletic fields, golf courses, a campground, a shooting facility, an archery facility, a museum, and so much more! If you have a favorite outdoor activity, chances are it can be done in a Washoe County Park!


Highlights & Current Events

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Grossology: The (Impolite) Science of the Human Body

January 3 - April 26, 2015
Wilbur D. May Museum
1595 N. Sierra Street, Reno

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. 


"Explore the Outdoors" 4th Annual Spring Event!

Saturday, April 18th
9:00am 5K Fun Run/Walk
10:00am-3:00pm FREE fun, games, crafts & activities
Rancho San Rafael Regional Park, 1595 N. Sierra Street

Join Washoe County, KNPB Channel 5, and the Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation for a family friendly day highlighting the best of the outdoors found right here in Northern Nevada. Start the morning off at 9:00am with the Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation 5K Fun Run and Walk. Directly following the 5K at 10:00am is a free 1K Kids Fun Run at the start/finish line. For more information and to register, visit www.tmparksfoundation.org! Stay the rest of the day from 10:00am to 3:00pm to meet Buddy from PBS Kids' Dinosaur Train, and explore a multitude of FREE fun, hands-on activities. The May Museum will also be offering discounted museum tickets and food trucks will be on site. For more information, visit http://www.knpb.org/events/exploretheoutdoors/

blossomsCelebrate Arbor Day at the Wilbur D. May Arboretum

Friday, April 24th
May Arboretum, South gate entrance
Rancho San Rafael Regional Park,
1595 N. Sierra Street

What better way to spend your lunch time than by walking among a canopy of trees! Join the Arboretum staff in observing the day by planting a new tree donated by Dixie May to honor former Washoe County Parks Director, Gene Sullivan. Shortly after the tree planting, stay and enjoy light refreshments and a FREE tour of the gardens and groves by Washoe County Horticulturist Bill Carlos. The history, present, and future plans of the Gardens will be discussed. Meet at the south entrance of the Arboretum by the gate and arbor. Register by calling the Arboretum office at 785-4153 and leave your contact information.


Arbo signNational Public Garden & Mother's Day Tour

Friday, May 8th; 11:45am-1:00pm 
Wilbur D. May Arboretum
Rancho San Rafael Regional Park, 1595 N. Sierra Street

Start your Mother's Day weekend by attending a FREE garden tour on National Public Garden Day. A flower will be presented to the first 20 moms! Leading the 45 minute tour will be Bill Carlos, Washoe County Horticulturist, who will discuss the unique plants, the gardens and history. Come prepared with a camera, water and comfortable shoes! Register by calling the Arboretum office at 785-4153 and leave your contact information.


Carson Sierra Spinners and Weavers Guild Demonstrations & Historic Huffaker School Open HouseHistoric Huffaker School House

Select Saturdays throughout 2015
Historic Huffaker School 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 demonstration, 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 Jan. 10, Feb. 14, March 14, April 11, Nov. 14 and Dec. 12 in 2015. This is a free event.



Construction at Rancho San Rafael Regional Park

Rancho's dated irrigation system is getting a facelift! The first part of the upgrade includes a new pump system, water supply, power, and a vault. As we move into what is shaping up to be another drought year these upgrades will help not only keep the turf green but also save water. As work continues, restrooms will be closed as needed and Rancho San Rafael Drive may have minimal traffic control. Please drive carefully through the work zone and make sure children stay away from the fenced area.

Bikeway Closure

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 until further noticed. In the meantime, there are alternate sections of Bikeway to explore. Visit www.tpbikeway.org for more information, or pick up a copy of Washoe County Park's Truckee Meadows Trail Guide. UPDATE: As of April 4 the section is open on weekends only. Check www.tpbikeway.org for updates.


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