‘Discover Your Nevada’ and hit the road for a cause this summer

"Discover Nevada" on US 95The Nevada Division of Tourism (TravelNevada) will launch its annual “Discover Your Nevada” campaign this month to encourage Nevadans to explore and discover the Silver State this summer.

The campaign is a cooperative program with the Nevada Department of Education, which runs an essay contest for Nevada eighth-graders, the winners of which will be taken on an “ultimate field trip” in the state.

“’Discover Your Nevada’ is really all about educating Nevadans on all the treasures and adventures they can find in their own back yard,” Claudia Vecchio, director of the Nevada Department of Tourism and Cultural Affairs, said. “The essay contest allows us to extend this spirit of discovery to our schools, and in the end, reward students for their creativity by exposing them to even more awe-inspiring scenery and activities on their field trip.”

TravelNevada has developed six road-trip routes around the state, and travelers who “check in” via social media on the routes from Memorial Day through Labor Day using the hashtag #discoverNV17 will earn $1 toward a Field Trip Fund. In the fall, the Department of Education will conduct an essay contest among eighth-grade students to award the ultimate end-of-year field trip to the winning student.

TravelNevada and the Department of Education will wrap up the campaign in the fall with an essay contest in the 2017-18 school year. A winning student in both northern and southern Nevada will be awarded the ultimate field trip – an educational road trip in Nevada.

“I commend Nevada parents and teachers who encouraged their eighth graders to participate in the essay writing contest,” Steve Canavero, Ph.D., superintendent of Public Instruction, said. “This is a terrific way for students to work on their writing skills while learning the colorful history of the Silver State.”

The Routes

The Loneliest Road in America – Fernley to Ely with a spur to Great Basin National Park

NV 95: Free-Range Art – Las Vegas to Tonopah via Highway 95 with a detour to the Seven Magic Mountains art installation on Interstate 15

Burner Byway – Reno to the Black Rock Desert

The Extraterrestrial Highway – State Route 375

The Rubies Route – the Lamoille Scenic Byway via state routes 227 and 229

Great Basin Highway – U.S. Highway 93 from Las Vegas to Ely with a focus on state parks, and a detour to Great Basin National Park

Information on the routes, including maps and suggested places to visit, can be found at DiscoveYourNevada.com.


The Nevada Division of Tourism is part of the Nevada Department of Tourism and Cultural Affairs. More commonly known as TravelNevada, it is responsible for promoting and marketing Nevada as a travel destination to domestic and international travelers. Operating within a performance-based budget structure, TravelNevada is funded solely by a percentage of lodging tax paid by overnight guests throughout the state.
For more, visit www.TravelNevada.biz.

Star Wars and Star Trek Meet Under the Stars at Lake Tahoe

Star WarsTo be performed August 7, 7:30 pm at Sand Harbor State Park on Lake Tahoe’s east shore

Music, movie and space-fantasy fans will find common ground at the Reno Phil’s “Out of This World concert at Sand Harbor State Park, Monday, August 7, at 7:30 pm on the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival stage.

The Reno Philharmonic orchestra, under the direction of Associate Conductor Dr. Jason Altieri, will play some of the world’s best-known and most beloved space fantasy film themes from Star WarsStar Trek and Close Encounters of the Third Kind.  

“This concert is bound to capture the audience’s imagination when they hear pieces like The Imperial March from Star Wars while gazing into the heavens from the shores of Lake Tahoe,” Altieri said.  “The setting alone will add a thrilling new dimension to this orchestral experience designed for all ages and lovers of music.”

“Out of This World” is part of the Reno Phil’s annual Bravo On The Beach Summer Concert concert series.

Bring a picnic dinner or choose from the on-site menu options offered by the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival but, please, leave your lightsaber at home for this celestial concert experience. Low-backed beach chairs are provided.

Tickets to “Out of This World” are now on sale through www.laketahoeshakespeare.com or by calling 1-800-74-SHOWS.

About the Reno Phil

The Reno Phil is northern Nevada’s largest performing arts organization. In its 48th season, the orchestra, led by music director Laura Jackson, is comprised of more than 80 professional musicians who perform more than 30 concerts annually throughout the Reno-Tahoe region. Musicians of the professional orchestra, youth orchestras, various ensembles and education programs offer more than 60 performances each year, playing to more than 50,000 people. The flagship of the Reno Phil is its concert series offering six classic music series, Classix, performed on Sunday afternoons and Tuesday evenings at the Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts. To learn more about the Reno Philharmonic and its events, and to discover all that the Reno Phil offers, visit RenoPhil.com.



June Events at Fort Churchill State Historic Park

Fort Churchill NevadaFort Churchill State Historic Park is offering a variety of ranger-led programs during the month of June. Programs highlight the area’s rich history and abundant natural resources.

National Trails Day
Saturday June 3 is American Hiking Society’s National Trails Day®. Show your love for trails and the outdoors by joining a park interpreter for a comfortable 3.5–mile hike (round-trip with lunch break mid-way) along the Nature Trail. This trail, which parallels the Carson River, provides plenty of opportunities to discuss and discover the rich cultural and natural history of the area. Please bring water, sun protection, insect repellant and comfortable closed-toe shoes. Cameras, binoculars and a sack lunch are also encouraged.
WHEN: Saturday, June 3, 10 am to 1:30 p.m.
WHERE: Meet at the John C. Fremont Picnic Area at Fort Churchill

Junior Ranger
Calling all kids to Fort Churchill State Historic Park! Explore the rich history and natural wonders found in and around the park. A variety of activities, crafts and short hikes will be part of the fun. Please bring water, sun protection, insect repellant and comfortable closed-toe shoes.
WHEN: Saturday, June 10, 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
WHERE: Meet at the John C. Fremont Picnic Area at Fort Churchill.

Coffee with a Ranger
Bring your favorite mug and join a ranger for some early morning conversation. Ask questions, learn about the park, share your experiences and make new friends. 
WHEN: Sunday, June 11 & Sunday June 25, 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
WHERE: Meet at the walk-in campsite at the Samuel Buckland Campground at Fort Churchill.

Twilight Trek
Have you ever wondered what happens at Fort Churchill after the sun goes down? Join a park interpreter for a special evening exploration of the park. Participants will learn about the animals that are active between dusk and dawn and the adaptions that allow them to survive and thrive in the dark. Please bring plenty of water, comfortable closed-toe shoes and a flashlight.
WHEN: Friday, June 16, 8:15 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
WHERE: Meet at the John C. Fremont Picnic Area at Fort Churchill.

History Hike
Bring your walking shoes and join a park interpreter for a short hike (less than 1 mile) around historic Fort Churchill. See the fort ruins, learn about the early history of the area and hear stories about daily life at a frontier fort. Please bring water, sun protection, insect repellant and comfortable closed-toe shoes.
WHEN: Saturday, June 17, 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
WHERE: Meet at the Fort Churchill Museum.

Starry, Starry Night
Experience the awesome night sky over Fort Churchill State Historic Park. Enjoy a tour of the celestial neighborhood while talking about the night sky as a remarkable natural resource to be celebrated and enjoyed. Please dress for the weather. Red lights are encouraged.
WHEN: Friday, June 23, 9:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
WHERE: Meet at the Fort Churchill museum.

Junior Gardener
If you are naturally curious, like to learn by doing, love playing in the dirt, and are between the ages of 6-12, join a park interpreter at Buckland Station for a day in the garden. Please bring water, sun protection, insect repellant, gardening gloves and comfortable closed-toe shoes.
WHEN: Saturday, June 24, 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
WHERE: Historic Buckland Station. Buckland Station is located approximately 9 miles south of the Highway 95A/Highway 50 intersection on Highway 95A.

For events at Fort Churchill, park entrance fees apply: $5 per vehicle for Nevada residents and $7 per vehicle for out-of-state visitors (cash or check only). There is no additional cost to participate in the program. Fort Churchill is located at at 10000 Highway 95A, Silver Springs, NV 89429, 8 miles south of the Highway 95A/Highway 50 intersection in Silver Springs.


Nevada Off-Highway Vehicles Program launches new website

DNew website targets Nevada’s motorized trail enthusiasts

Nevada ATV TrailA new OffRoadNevada.org website offers information about registering off-highway vehicles, which is required in Nevada, and the benefits of registration. The website also provides motorized trail maps and information about the Nevada Commission on Off-Highway Vehicles’ grant program, which funds off-highway vehicle related projects.

The Nevada Commission on Off-Highway Vehicles promotes safe and responsible use of Nevada’s outstanding opportunities for off-road recreation.

Nevada residents are featured on OffRoadNevada.org participating responsibly in off-road recreation by registering their vehicles, riding safely, respecting designated trails, and being prepared when travelling far away from local or emergency services. Motorized trail maps are presented in digital format for individuals to see where off-road trails exist on public lands. The grant program provides grants to fund off-highway vehicle related projects throughout the state, including trail improvements, mapping, signage, law enforcement, education, and safety training projects.

OffRoadNevada.org is a great resource for OHV enthusiasts. We invite everyone who rides to visit the site, discover new trails, and to ride smart and safe,” said Greg McKay, chairman of Nevada’s Commission on Off-Highway Vehicles.

An OHV is defined as a motor vehicle designed primarily for off-highway and all-terrain use. The term includes, but is not limited to: all-terrain vehicles (ATV), off-highway motorcycles (OHM), dune buggies, snowmobiles, utility vehicles (UTV) also known as side-by-sides, or any other vehicle used on public lands for recreation.  The law requiring off-highway vehicle registration went into effect July 1, 2012.  Nearly all off-highway vehicles greater than 70cc, and 1976 or newer, must be registered and display a registration decal to operate legally in Nevada.

Off-Road Nevada is a collaborative effort between the State of Nevada Commission on Off-Highway Vehicles and Clark County Desert Conservation Program. Partners included the Bureau of Land Management, the United States Forest Service, the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles, and the Nevada Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.


Death Valley National Park Releases Death Valley Explorer Episode 2

The second episode of the Death Valley Explorer video series, entitled Ghost of Water, has just been released by Death Valley National Park. Rio Tinto donated $50,000 to produce a documentary video series designed to engage the public in Death Valley National Park’s unique beauty and history through social media. The gift was made through the Death Valley Natural History Association to support the National Park Service in their collaboration with Bristlecone Media to produce the series. To view Death Valley Explorer, Episode 1 Ghost of Water and a collection of other intriguing video shorts, visit the Death Valley National Park Youtube page.

Previously released videos produced with Rio Tinto’s donation were: Death Valley Exposed Episodes 1 and 2 on the subjects of the October 2015 floods and the subsequent wildflowers; as well as the first episode from the Death Valley Explorer series entitled Death Valley. A third episode on the subject of mining in Death Valley is currently in production.

Many minerals were found in the Death Valley area. One of the most lucrative was borax, made famous by the 20 Mule Team advertising campaign. Borates are an important component in many products including glass, fiberglass, ceramics, fertilizers, wood preservatives and detergents. Today, Rio Tinto supplies about 30 percent of the world’s refined borates from its operation in California’s Mojave Desert, one of the richest borate deposits on earth.

Rio Tinto’s commitment to environmental preservation is longstanding. In 1916, officials of the previous company helped write the language that was adopted by Congress to establish the National Park Service. The company, when later operating as U.S. Borax, also donated land holdings to the federal government and lobbied to have the area protected as a National Monument in 1933, and again as a National Park in 1994. In 2010, Rio Tinto donated an additional 110 acres and associated mineral rights to Death Valley National Park.

Since 1954, the Death Valley Natural History Association (DVNHA) has been the official nonprofit partner of Death Valley National Park. In that time, DVNHA has donated nearly $4.5 million to Death Valley National Park, supporting education, preservation, and scientific research.

Death Valley is the largest U.S. National Park outside Alaska, encompassing 3.4 million acres. Learn more about Death Valley National Park or Rio Tinto. For more information about the Death Valley Natural History Association’s programs or to make a donation, please visit: www.dvnha.org or call 800-478-8564.