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Lake of the Sky Amphitheater at Taylor Creek Visitor Center at dusk


In Partnership with the US Forest Service, The Great Basin Institute offers interpretive programs and special events from May to October. Availability depends on staffing, and schedules may vary from year to year. Learn more about some of our popular programs below! All proceeds directly support historic interpretation and preservation.



A group of field trip students gather around a park ranger at the entrance of the Rainbow Trail at Taylor Creek Visitor Center

Taylor Creek is a great location for Fall Field trips. As the seasons change, non-native Kokanee salmon return to spawn in the creek each year. Rangers, volunteers and GBI staff lead third grade students through a life cycles program along the Rainbow Trail, while looking for wildlife. We are currently registering schools for this program, however availability is limited due to staffing. For inquiries, please send an email to


A crowd sits at Lake of the Sky Amphitheater at Taylor Creek Visitor Center presenting a Mark Twain program

From July to September, Taylor Creek hosts various education and living history programs at the Taylor Creek Amphitheater. Come out and spend your evening learning about bats, looking at the stars, or conversing with Mark Twain! 


fall fish festival cancelled for 2023 due to staffing and safety concerns.

Lake of the sky amphitheater schedule 2023

Friday, September 22
6:30PM – 7:30PM
“History of the LTBMU”

The Great Basin Institute and USDA Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit invite the Lake Tahoe community to join us for a special evening program at the Lake of the Sky Amphitheater. The LTBMU celebrates is 50th anniversary this year, and renowned wilderness program manager, radio personality and historian, Don Lane, will present a “History of the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit” on Friday, Sept. 22 from 6:30PM – 7:30PM.