Free events coming up at Galena Creek Visitor Center in Reno |

Free events coming up at Galena Creek Visitor Center in Reno

The rippling surface of a stream hides a wonderful world of life hidden among the rocks and roots. An insect that begins its life underwater will transform and emerge to live in the riparian habitat along the forested banks. Fish dart from riffle to pool seeking shelter and cooling shade. Diatoms develop diverse glass bodies under the sun’s energy.

“Story of a Stream: The Ecology of Galena, Whites and Thomas Creeks,” a presentation by environmental scientist Marianne Denton from the Nevada Department of Environmental Protection, will discuss the ecology of the streams within the Galena Creek Park area and the interconnectedness of the aquatic and terrestrial habitats.

The event at 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11, will include live benthic macroinvertebrates available for viewing. The program is recommended for ages 12 and up.

At 2 p.m. on the following Saturday, Feb. 18, Michelle Hunt of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will lead a presentation about the biology of snakes and why the important reptiles should be conserved.

The presentation will cover why snakes are fascinating and what snakes can be found in Nevada. On hand will be Greta, the Sonoran Mountain Kingsnake. The program is geared for ages 8 and up.

The final presentation of the month will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, when presenter Kenn Rohrs will shed light on raptors, corvids, woodpeckers, nuthatches, songbirds, hummingbirds and other birds of the Galena Creek area on the Eastern slope of the Sierra Nevada. The event is geared for ages 12 and up.

A $5 donation is suggested each program.

The Galena Creek Visitor Center, at 18250 Mt. Rose Highway in Reno, is a partnership between Washoe County, the U.S. Forest Service, and the Great Basin Institute. It is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday through Sunday.

For information, call 775-849-4948, or email