Hi, we're the  Parks Foundation!

We're the worker bees found in that little office in Idlewild Park across from the California Building. We are grant writers, program developers, student educators, trail guides, AmeriCorps members, and above all, park lovers! Feel free to stop in our office with questions, concerns, ideas, or simply to say hello. You will get many hellos in return!

Why Parks Matter

When I discovered that over 200 parks exist in Reno, Sparks, and Washoe County, I was astonished, and after two years here I still find it incredible just how much there is to explore. I’m lucky enough to work at the Parks Foundation, where my lunch break consists of a walk through Idlewild Park. On weekends, I can sneak off into the wilderness with my dog and find some serenity. At any point in the day, I can look outside and see endless hillsides sweeping with sagebrush and follow my gaze up the transition zone into the mountains filled with Jeffrey and Ponderosa pine trees. Parks and open space matter to me because the vast expanse of the natural world heals me when I’m feeling down. I ne

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