Regional Parks and Open Space hosts a variety of programs and special events throughout Washoe County! See below for a listing of things to start looking forward to, and check our Calendar of Events page often for upcoming events!
Ranger Led Nature Hikes
Click here to find out more about our new COVID-19 compliant Ranger Walks and the 2020 schedule! Throughout the year there are scheduled hikes and topics presented by the Washoe County Park Rangers. These topics and walks change each year but are always informative and fun. Keep an eye on our Calendar of Events page for upcoming hikes!
Lazy 5 Summer Music Series
Thanks to the support of many local business sponsors, Lazy 5 Regional Park hosts a free Summer Music Series annually for Sparks and Spanish Springs residents featuring quality entertainment of a variety of local and regional artists and genres. The series has grown in popularity and attendance over the years with over a thousand family members, friends and neighbors coming together to enjoy a nice summer evening of free music under the trees. Each concert night also has a food truck and mobile pub on site so there are always dinner and drink options for those who are hungry or thirsty. The series runs Wednesday evenings from mid June to mid August. Check the Lazy 5 Regional Park Facebook page for schedule, details and updates.
Junior Ranger Program
Park Rangers are the men and women you see in uniform patrolling our parks. Their primary goal is to make sure the parks are preserved and protected. Junior Rangers can help! Together with an adult or friend, use the Junior Ranger Activity Guide to learn more about safety, wildlife, ecology, and activities you can enjoy in the park. Then, earn a certificate and "badge" once you've completed the activities and turned in the evaluation form! More information here.
In partnership with the Washoe County Library System and the Washoe County School District, we are excited to continue offering story strolls to promote reading, highlight our local parks, and engage our community. The strolls take place along the 0.7 mile loop Nature Trail, encircling the pond at Davis Creek Regional Park. For a look at our first Story Stroll (Spring of 2018), click here. Keep an eye on our Calendar of Events page for upcoming strolls!
Come In From The Cold
This family entertainment series has become a fast favorite with young and old alike. Held Saturday evenings during the winter in the Bartley Ranch Regional Park's Western Heritage Interpretive Center, a multitude of live regional musicians entertain you with their unique brand of performance styles. The series usually starts early in January and runs into March with the entertainment staring at 7:00 pm. Don't miss these amazing entertainers! For more information, click here.
Programs on the Porch
Bring a blanket or chair and enjoy a Friday evening of live performances from the historic Bowers Mansion porch! This series is free, however donations are happily accepted for the performers. Look for the full schedule to be posted on our Calendar of Events page or Bowers Mansion Regional Park's Facebook Page. Click here to view the 2019 flyer.
Held each summer at the historic and scenic Bowers Mansion Pool, three sessions of swimming lessons are offered for children ages 3 to 12. The Bowers Mansion Pool's certified lifeguards provide group instruction for toddlers up to our more advanced swimmers. Occasionally we are able to offer extra classes in diving and Jr. Lifeguard programs. To find out what is available and to sign up, please check the Bowers Mansion Pool page after May 1st.
Evenings on the Ranch
This popular programming series is held Wednesday evenings in July at Bartley Ranch Regional Park. Performances take place on the Plaza pavilion turf, located next to the Western Heritage Interpretive Center and include Bluegrass music, Chautauqua performances, Cowboy Poetry and more! Bring a blanket or a low-back lawn chair and enjoy the evening. Look for the full schedule to be posted on our Calendar of Events page or Bartley Ranch Regional Park's Facebook Page.
Galena Campfire Programs
Friday evenings during the summer offer you an opportunity to bring the family out to Galena Creek Regional Park's Eagle Meadow for some fun, family-friendly programming. The programs will last about an hour, and will feature a different presenter each week. We'll even have the campfire ready for roasting marshmallows! Bring a flashlight and a blanket or a low-back lawn chair. Look for the full schedule to be posted on our Calendar of Events page or Galena Creek Regional Park's Facebook Page.
Meet the Turkeys
Celebrate the season of the turkey by bringing the family to Rancho San Rafael Regional Park’s Annual Meet the Turkeys Open House in November. You can count on a variety of activities to keep the family busy. Don’t forget your camera to take amazing fall and Thanksgiving photos with the turkeys! Look for the program to be posted on our Calendar of Events page or Rancho San Rafael Regional Park's Facebook Page.