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County parks hold events this weekend
by Tribune Staff
Apr 21, 2012 | 629 views | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print

Volunteer Planting Day at fire-damaged Bartley Ranch Regional Park today will have more than 45 volunteers help replant areas of Washoe County’s Bartley Ranch Regional Park from 9 a.m. until noon. Volunteers are expected to help park staff replace 25 trees and 80 ornamental shrubs and grasses that were destroyed when the Caughlin Fire swept through the park.

Bartley Ranch Regional Park is located at 6000 Bartley Ranch Rd. in Reno.

Adventure Day at Rancho San Rafael Regional Park also plans to have Ancient Egyptians, Medieval Knights and Mother Nature join forces from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. today.

Adventure Day is a partnership between KNPB and Washoe County Regional Parks and Open Space inspired by PBS KIDS’ “Explore the Outdoors” campaign, encouraging parents and children to “revel in their childhood” by exploring the everyday wonders of the world around them and because you never know what you’ll find at your local park.

Highlights include: a chance to meet Hooper the Guinea Pig from PBS KIDS, an encampment of Medieval Knights and Ladies with the Society for Creative Anachronism, a Geo-Cache Challenge featuring the Jim Henson Company’s Dinosaur Train Geocache, outdoor crafts with volunteers from the Great Basin Institute/Galena Visitor Center, Egyptian-themed crafts with the May Museum’s Discovery Room Volunteers in the park’s Discovery Room, guided tours through the Wilbur May Arboretum with the May Arboretum Society, and disc golf demonstrations with the Reno Disc Golf Association.

The Wilbur D. May Museum also offers a special $6 admission to the King Tut: Wonderful Things from the Pharaoh’s Tomb exhibit today. Children’s Stories from the Land of Tut will be presented in the exhibit by local storyteller Kathleen Durham at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Visitors are encouraged to bring a picnic and enjoy lunch in the park.

An additional event will see about 20 to 30 young golfers “chipping in” to help with one of the area’s favorite public courses, the Washoe Golf Course. The First Tee of Northern Nevada is scheduled to help plant flower beds at the course as part of “Global Youth Service Day” from 9 am to 11 am today. The course is located at 2601 Foley Way in Reno.

For more information, call 722-5517.
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