In celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Nevada Wilderness Act, the Sparks Heritage Museum is featuring a wilderness-themed exhibit from August 8th through October 4th.
The exhibit includes several displays with information on the history of Nevada, the value of wild lands in Nevada, how to get along with wildlife, and how to safely enjoy Nevada’s great outdoors. This exhibit is the result of a special partnership between the Sparks Heritage Museum, the Friends
Several speakers will present on a wide range of topics at the Sparks Museum and Cultural Center. All presentations are free
At 5:30 PM on Friday, August 22nd, Mike Rowan, Wilderness Specialist with over 25 years experience with the Forest Service, will present “The 10 Essentials for Survival When Traveling in Nevada’s Backcountry”.
At 5:00 PM on Saturday, August 30th, Kurt Kuznicki, associate director of Friends of NV Wilderness, will present “The history of the Wilderness system in the United States and the unique opportunities we have here in Nevada. What is the real value of Wilderness? Is it more than a place for wild animal and crazy adventurers?”
At 5:30 PM on Friday, September 5th Marge Sill, who was instrumental in development of the original 1964 Act and is a founding member of the Friends of NV Wilderness, along with Shevawn Von Tobel, outreach coordinator of the Friends of NV Wilderness organization will present “Nevada Wilderness and our local gem the Mt. Rose Wilderness.”
Between 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM on Saturday, September 6th, the Wilderness Rangers from the Bridgeport Ranger District of the Humboldt Toiyabe National Forest will give an outdoor skills and woodcutting demonstration.
At 5:00 PM on Wednesday, October 1st, the US Forest Service fisheries biologists will present the “Wilderness: Fish and other stuff”..
The Sparks Museum & Cultural Center is located at 820 Victorian Avenue, in historic downtown Sparks. Hours are Tuesday to Friday 11am to 4 pm, Saturday 1 pm to 4 pm. The Museum is volunteer-operated and is funded primarily by donations and memberships. For more information, visit www.SparksMuseum.org or call (775) 355 1144.