Support Great Basin Institute in Serving Public Lands in the West

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. Registrations for this popular program 2023 begin in August! Additional student programming available upon request.


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

In July and August, 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! 

Rainbow Trail
Ranger Walks

Kokanee Salmon swim through a stream at Taylor Creek Visitor Center

Come learn about the Taylor Creek ecosystem and all that reside in it from one of our knowledgeable rangers. Typically these walks last about an hour and are held at 11am on Fridays from June through August.

Lake of the sky amphitheater schedule 2023


7:30 PM – 8:30PM