There will be no 2021 in-person Discover Your Parks Walks. Instead, you can virtually visit several popular parks and trails with guided hike presentations at “Virtual Hikes” on the TMPF website.

The good part is you can do these hikes and park visits whenever you want, whether you just visit from home or actually get out and put boots on the ground. The social aspect of walking with a friendly group is missing, but perhaps we will get back to that before too much longer. Get additional information from “Discover Your Parks Walks in Washoe County.”

There’s a ton of new snow on the slopes after recent big storms, both at Reno area snow play areas and Tahoe area ski resorts. Whatever you find to be good fun – sledding, tubing, snowshoeing, snowman building, etc. – there is plenty of snow out there for a great family outing.

Many of the best Nevada snow play areas are free. A couple to consider are close to Reno – Galena Creek Visitor Center and Recreation Area and Tahoe Meadows. However, if you venture over to the California side, a SNO-PARK permit will be required if you park at any of the snow play areas maintained by Caltrans.

If you are willing to pay for a few creature comforts, consider the snow play, tubing and sledding parks maintained by many of the ski resorts. For a rundown of snow play opportunities, refer to “Snow Play Areas in the Lake Tahoe Region.”

Learn how to grow fruit, vegetables and other plants in northern Nevada from a series of free classes at Bartley Ranch Regional Park titled “Gardening in Nevada: The Bartley Ranch Series,” brought to you by the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension (UNCE).

These free classes enable you to profit from the experience of local experts who know how to bring forth vegetables and other plants from our Great Basin climate and soil. They will be taught by UNCE horticulturists and experts, and Cooperative Extension’s certified Master Gardener volunteers.

The catch for the 2021 classes is that they will all be online via Zoom, not in person at Bartley Ranch. The gardening class series will be every Tuesday evening starting at 5:30 p.m. during February and March, 2021. The first, on February 2, is titled “Selecting and Growing Fruit Trees.” Visit the website to see the full class schedule and to sign up for the sessions.