The Washoe County Health District’s Chronic Disease Prevention Program has teamed up with Washoe County’s GIS Technology Services to build an interactive regional parks directory promoting park usage in our community. A central goal of the Chronic Disease Prevention Program is to increase physical activity to reduce the overall chronic disease burden in Washoe County. Being physically active can help prevent many unhealthy conditions and illnesses such as cancer, diabetes and heart disease.

Until now, there had not been an easy way to find a park in our community. Instead park information was separated by jurisdiction and could be viewed on their respective websites. The new interactive directory now includes all parks in the Reno, Sparks and Washoe County all in one directory. Residents and visitors can search for park by amenity, name or location to identify a park that meets their needs. The directory also includes a trail finder for residents to explore the area and view the scenery of northern Nevada through hiking, biking, snowshoeing or horseback riding.

You can also check out the parks and trails information on

Source: Washoe County press release.


Bowers Mansion Regional Park will wrap up the 2018 tour season with a bang, including a live Civil War Reenactment. Visitors will be transported to the days of Nevada’s statehood and enjoy the exhibits, grounds and tours of the mansion. Events will be on Saturday, October 13, 2018, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The ongoing Civil War exhibits and demonstrations are free. Self-guided tours of the historic Bowers Mansion will be available for $7 adults, $5 children and seniors. Bowers Mansion Regional Park is at 4005 US Highway 395 North in Washoe Valley. For more information, call (775) 849-0201.

Museum Day by the Smithsonian

September 16, 2018

It’s tough to visit Smithsonian museums from northern Nevada, so the organization is helping Reno area residents visit some of our best local museums – for free. Museum Day is being sponsored by Smithsonian magazine and will be on Saturday, September 22, 2018.

On Museum Day, participating museums and cultural institutions across the country provide free entry to anyone presenting a Museum Day ticket. Participants are allowed to download one ticket per email address. The ticket provides free general admission for two people. Here are the Reno area museums that will be participating…

There are several other museums in the Reno area for you to enjoy. For a list, go to “Museums, Culture, and Shows in Reno / Sparks, Nevada.”