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


In Partnership with the USDA 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! 



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

For more than 30 years, students have ventured out on the trail during a Fall Fish Field Trip program at Taylor Creek. As the seasons change, non-native Kokanee salmon return to spawn in the creek each year, providing a unique opportunity to observe and learn about wildlife within the Lake Tahoe ecosystem. The Fall Fish Environmental Education Program is offered in partnership with the Forest Service from mid-September through October each year. Registrations for 2024 will begin in August!


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! 

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