For School Children


Who: Kids ages 6-10 with accompanying adult

Where: Ranch House at Rancho San Rafael Park

October 26th: Halloween Oobleck
October 27th: Halloween Candy Engineering
October 28th: Halloween Lava Lamps
October 29th: Pumpkin Painting 

Join us with your 6-10 year olds in a week of fun STEAM inspired autumn activities. Kids will use problem solving skills, further develop fine motor skills, and think like scientists. A maximum of 10 children allowed per program. Parents must stay with their child when attending a program. Social distancing will still be enforced and all items will be sanitized before and after each use. Masks are required and can be provided to those who do not bring one. 

Cost: Free!

Contact: RSVP to the Arboretum Educator, Laura Fraser, at 775-785-4153.



 Teen Citizen Scientists

Intended for teens (13 and older), this program will delve into the world of citizen science, scientific thought, and project design. Teens will use the platform iNaturalist to design their own observational or experimental study, collect data from the gardens, and create a presentation showing what they learned. This program would work well for students interested in environmental research, biology, or have a passion for the outdoors or science. We will use an app called iNaturalist, which is available on both iPhone and Android smartphones. Our goal for the program is to be a month long series, which will meet one day a week for three hours.

We are hoping to run a pilot session of this program during the summer of 2019. Please contact Bill Carlos if you are interested!

Dates coming soon!