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programs & events

The Great Basin Institute offers a number of family-friendly and student-focused programs throughout the year. For more information on past programs, visit


The Great Basin Institute staff at Galena Creek Regional Park are on a mission to evoke environmental passion through education and conservation projects. Our Field Studies Programs consist of an environmental-based curriculum ranging from Fire Ecology to Water Ecology along with nature guided hikes. We invite Washoe County schools to join us for a field trip, filled with hands-on experience.



This option allows students to learn about Mt. Rose environments through a guided hike. Students will conduct experiments, get creative, and be asked to think critically and question the processes taken to keep the Humboldt-Toiyabe and Mt. Rose Wilderness healthy. Field Studies begin at 10:00 a.m. and wrap up around 12:00 p.m. Classes are encouraged to stay around the Visitor Center to enjoy lunch. $3 per student (Title I); $6 per student (Non-Title I).


Variable dates | 10hr field trip

This immersive experience provides students with a unique look into the various biomes that make up Galena Regional Park and the surrounding forest areas. Teachers can choose from a variety of program topics and hiking opportunities. Students will be provided lunch by the GBI staff and snacks will be provided throughout the day. Hands-on activities, hiking, games, all while learning science-based subjects. This will surely make a lasting memory and perhaps awaken an inner scientist! $20 per student (Non-Title I); Title I schools, please inquire about scholarships.”

For more information and to book a Field Studies experience, contact the GBI staff at 

(Scholarships are generously provided by the William N. Pennington Foundation, and the Nell J. Redfield Foundation and are available for Title I schools. *Please indicate, in the email, if a Title I school requires a scholarship*)


Outdoor education for all

Great Basin Naturalists at Galena Camps provide quality education experiences. We emphasize environmental science and physical activity, as well as foster creativity, promote STEAM education, and instill environmental stewardship. Our staff are trained, outdoor educators who are committed to providing safe and fun learning experiences for your camper! Load up your backpack, lace up your sneakers, and let’s have a forest adventure!


summer exploration camps 2024

The Great Basin Institute Naturalists host day and overnight science camps for students aged 8 to 12, from June to August. For more information, review our camp calendar below! In addition to booking and paying for camp online, parents and guardians must also complete the required registration form. 


Check back for an update on our community events, hosted Saturdays and Sundays at the visitor center!