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School closures don't mean we can’t learn, and social distancing doesn’t mean we can’t explore the outdoors and our parks—it just means we have to do it a little differently!

So we're bringing the outdoors and science exploration to you with our brand new YouTube channel. Join our education team for fun science lessons, experiments, crafts, and more!

 Student Stewards

Science Videos

Bringing Science and our Parks to you at home! 

Featured Videos
Why Leaves Change Color & Tree ID
Build Your Own Solar Oven!
Build Your Own Solar Oven!
with Geno
Trout Anatomy
More Resources
Companion Resources for Videos

Some Student Stewards Science Videos have additional resources, such as Scientific Journals or coloring pages, that go along with the video. Download and print the corresponding documents to learn even more while you watch the video! You'll also find other links to outside resources if you want to keep investigating the topic. (These links are also located in the YouTube video descriptions)

Rock ID

Rock ID Key - Advanced

Trout Week

This spring, the Parks Foundation participated in the Nevada Department of Wildlife's Trout in the Classroom Program! NDOW provided us with a tank habitat and Rainbow Trout eggs that we were able to observe as they developed, hatched, grew, and eventually were released! So use the resources and videos below to learn about all things trout!

Distance Learning Resources

Looking for more fun experiments, activities, games, and crafts to do at home? Check out the Distance Learning Lessons created by our Naturalist Educators! Just click, download, print, and have fun learning. And if you're working on the Washoe County School District Distance Learning packet, you're in for a treat because these lessons go along with those packets!

Nature Journaling

Complements 3-5th Grade - Week 2

3rd-5th Grade Scientific Journal

Investigating the Sky

Complements K-5th - Week 3

K-2nd Grade Scientific Journal

3rd-5th Grade Scientific Journal

Build a Native Bee Hotel

Complements 6th Grade - Week 3

Activity Lesson

Water Cycle in a Bag

Complements 3-5th Grade - Week 4

The Motion of Bird Flight

Complements K-2nd Grade - Week 4

Bird Flight Activity Lesson

Motion Scientific Journal

Live Baby, Live:
Life History Strategies Game

Complements 6th Grade - Week 4

Investigating Plants

Complements K-5th Grade - Week 5

K-2nd Grade Scientific Journal


3rd-5th Grade Scientific Journal

Air Pollution Experiment

Complements 6th Grade - Week 5/6

Air Pollution Activity Lesson

Investigating Rocks

Complements K-2nd Grade - Week 6

K-2nd Grade Scientific Journal


Complements 3-5th Grade - Week 6

3rd-5th Grade Scientific Journal

About our Naturalist Educators

All our Educators:

  • Hold at minimum a bachelor's degree in a STEAM-related field

  • Are passionate about the natural world and

  • Are excited to continue sharing their love of science and the outdoors with you at home through video lessons and at-home activities, crafts, experiments, and more! Click here to meet our Educators!

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  • Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation Youtube

Protecting & enhancing our community through public engagement, education, and the sustainability of our parks, open spaces, and trails.


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