Exciting Science Presenters for Fall Adventure Day Camp

Monster fish, bugs, music, drumming, sustainability, and a bicycle that generates energy! Every day brings new science professionals to share and provide great role models for our students. We're excited to welcome Dr. Zeb Hogan of Monster Fish fame to join us for the first time, and we're happy some past favorites such as StorySongs, Envirolution, Dr. Bugs, and NDEP are returning.

We'll be at the River School Farm in Reno near Mayberry Park October 2-6 during WCSD school break week.

Hurry to register children 6-12 years old right here now.

Fall Family Hike in the Aspens Oct. 14

It always feels magical hiking in the yellow aspens at Thomas Creek so we keep going back. Join us for an easy family hike with a craft for the kids from 10-noon. See details and register here. Bring your camera and snacks.

Teachers, book snowshoe trips now.

Winter ecology and snowshoe trips in January and February are already beginning to fill, so save your spot now. Let us help your students meet science standards on day or overnight trips while introducing them to the healthy lifelong outdoor activity of snowshoeing. We only have one week left for overnight winter camps in cozy cabins on the shore of Lake Tahoe and more dates open for day snowshoe trips.

See more and register at the links above and email Emily to coordinate the perfect trip for your class.

Fall Equinox Facts and Folklore

See what the Farmer's Almanac says about our fall equinox. Here's one fun fact: "In Mexico, the Mayans built a giant pyramid at Chichen Itza. On the equinoxes, it looks as if a snake made of light slithers down the pyramid’s steps."

Did you miss our Bat Walk?

Be ready for Halloween with your bat facts! Big thanks to Margaret and Julie from the Nevada Department of Wildlife for teaching us about bats. Learn more about living with bats in Nevada on the Nevada Department of Wildlife site.

If you missed our bat walk, it may not be too late to take your own evening stroll from Cottonwood Park up the paved path to the McCarran Bridge at dusk. It's really fun to see the bats come swarming out and circling overhead. But hurry as they won't be here much longer this season. Our staff has been training at Tahoe and watching the bats swirl over the lake snapping up flying insects at sunset.

Our Fall Naturalist Educators

have been training on the shore of Lake Tahoe and at Spooner Lake, the Tahoe Environmental Research Center, and the River School Farm/Mayberry Park area for all our fall programs. They are a smart, skilled, fun crew and deserve a shout-out. You'll be able to read about each of them on our website soon.

We focus on science but also incorporate math, language arts, music, and more. Staff practiced some haikus during training:

Sounds of crashing waves

Washing the battered shoreline

Hearing Tahoe's roar

Nature is so neat

Something new around all bends

Keep your mind in tune

Pine needles crunching

Cheeseburger chickadees sing

Sunshine down on me.

Nature Healing for Childhood Trauma

The Children & Nature Network provides current research documenting the benefits of time in nature for children. See this infographic for the many healthy outcomes for children and families enjoying nature.

Help connect local students with nature and science and one another. Have you thought of making a monthly donation or including Great Basin Outdoor School in your estate plans to leave a legacy for our next 25 years?

The Community Foundation can help you support our endowment fund.

Donate online securely here

or mail checks to:

Great Basin Outdoor School, 1000 Bible Way #53, Reno, NV 89502.

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