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 areas 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! For more information on our parks, view our Park Guide.
Highlights & Current Events
Learn about Nevada's birds with the Wilbur D. May Arboretum
Friday, February 17, 10:30am - 12:00pm
May Arboretum at Rancho San Rafael Park
1595 N. Sierra Street, Reno
Are you looking for something to do with your flock (8 years and under) this Friday, February 17th? Come to Rancho San Rafael Regional Park and learn about Nevada's backyard birds! Activities include a bird walk and bird-themed craft, rain or shine. Meet at the south gate of the Arboretum, and call the Arboretum office at 785-4153 if you have any questions.
This event is being held in the spirit of The Great Backyard Bird Count, happening nationally February 17-20th. Watch for more birding related activities on the Washoe County Parks Facebook page.
Come in From the Cold at Barltey Ranch Regional Park
Saturdays thru March 18
Program begins 7pm, doors open at 5pm
Western Heritage Interpretive Center, Bartley Ranch
6000 Bartley Ranch Road, Reno
This family entertainment series has been a mainstay in the community for over 20 years and has featured local entertainment from music, to poetry, to interpretive dance. The 2017 season begins on Saturday, January 7th and runs weekly through March 18. Doors open for each performance at 5pm with beverages and snacks provided. A donation of $3 per person is suggested. Seating is limited. For more information and the complete schedule, visit the event page or call (775) 785-4512 x106.
Gardening in Nevada: The Bartley Ranch Series
Every Tuesday in February & March, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Western Heritage Interpretive Center
Bartley Ranch Regional Park
6000 Bartley Ranch Road, Reno
University of Nevada Cooperative Extension and their Certified Master Gardeners offer this free series in partnership with Washoe County Regional Parks and Open Space. This series is for anyone who wants to garden - those with big yards, small yards, or just patio or balcony spaces and is a must-attend for Northern Nevada gardeners. View the class schedule here. Come to one class, or all eight. Questions can be directed to the Cooperative Extention office at 775-784-4848 or via email at email@example.com.
2017 Mini BioBlitz Series with Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation
Saturday, March 11 - Crystal Peak Park
Saturday, May 20 - Bartley Ranch Regional Park
Saturday, June 17 - Hidden Valley Regional Park
Saturday, September 9 - Mayberry River Park
Sessions start at 9:00am and end at 1:00pm
Experts specializing in insects, birds, plants, mammals, and reptiles will explore the parks with the goal of identifying as many species as possible, and they need your help! Researchers will lead groups of community volunteers (you) through each designated park to help collect data and gain a better understanding of biodiversity in the Truckee Meadows.
Horticulture Training Classes for New Arboretum Volunteers - sign up now!
Starting April 4 thru April 25
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday mornings
Ranch House, Rancho San Rafael Regional Park
1595 N. Sierra Street, Reno
Learn everything you need to know - and more - to become a volunteer at the Wilbur D. May Arboretum and Botanical Garden! Garden tours, demonstration, and opportunities to practice what you've learned are included. View the complete series of classes here. Email Volunteer Coordinator Denise Evans or call (775) 785-4512 x107 for more information. Registration has begun and the class is limited to 30 participants so sign up today!
Programming at the Galena Creek Visitor Center
Ongoing throughout the year
Galena Creek Regional Park
18250 Mt. Rose Hwy, Reno
The Galena Creek Visitor Center is a partnership between Washoe County, the U.S. Forest Service, and the Great Basin Institute. The goal of the visitor center is to encourage understanding, appreciation and appropriate use of the natural, cultural and historic resources of the Galena Canyon area and the Mount Rose Scenic Byway. Check their website often or call 775-849-4948 for a listing of upcoming events including weekly guided hikes, monthly toddler time, and special Sunday morning programming.
Gator Swamp and Eagle Canyon Parks Playground Rehabilitation Project Proposals Now Being Accepted
Bids Due: March 2, 2017
Junior Ranger Activity Guides are now available!
Looking for engaging, park-based activities to do with your children? Our Junior Ranger Activity Guides are now available! Download the guide or pick up a copy at your local park office. This free program can be done at your own pace, is flexible enough to appeal to a large age range, and can be completed at any combination of Washoe County parks. Visit our Become a Junior Ranger page for complete details.
May Arboretum Fencing Project at Rancho San Rafael Park nears completion
The ongoing projects to fully fence the Wilbur D. May Arboretum at Rancho San Rafael Regional Park is nearly complete. The fence will protect, preserve and conserve the arboretum's cultural history and secure its 4,000 trees, shrubs and plants, water features, natural wetlands, and 98 gardens. The arboretum will remain open during regular park hours. Funding for the project was provided by a generous donation from the May Foundation and an anonymous donor.
Also stay tuned for more information on the greenhouse beginning construction near the corner of Sierra Street and North McCarran!
Bridge Construction over Whites Creek
Attention Trail Users: During construction of a new bridge over Whites Creek, there will be a temporary trail closure along Whites Creek Trail to ensure trail user safety. The closure is between Chartreuse Court and Mountain Ranch Road, roughly ½ mile. Trail users will be directed to use Paris Avenue as a detour. View a map of the trail closure and detour. Construction should be completed in early winter and signs/fencing will be removed once it is safe to have the trail re-opened. If you have questions/concerns, please contact Cheryl Surface at (775) 328-2039. Thank you for your patience.
Washoe County Regional Parks and Open Space is excited to present then new Truckee Meadows Trail Guide featuring two additional trails: Ballardini Ranch Trail system and the Sugarloaf Trail. The 66-page guide features a variety of photos taken from various trails in the area, maps and a brief synopsis describing what each trail has to offer hikers. The guides can be downloaded here, or picked up at local bike shops, visitor centers, Scheels and Cabela's as well as Washoe County, City of Reno, and City of Sparks owned buildings. For complete details, view the press release.
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