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Dr. MLK Jr. Memorial Park Plant and Animal Mini BioBlitz

January 19, 2015 9-12 am
Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Park

We'll be honoring the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by identifying as many plant and animal species as we can in our local park memorialized to this great civil rights leader. Volunteers will work with Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation team members to identify and count as many species as possible during the morning of MLK Day. We'll record these data and share our results with the community.

Feel free to stop in for just a few minutes or spend the morning with us. Remember to dress warmly and bring any field guides, binoculars, collecting jars, etc. that will make the mini BioBlitz more fun. If you'd like to volunteer to help, please contact
More info here.

Help us decide on our "Take it Personally" 60 second video submission
Truckee Meadows Tomorrow is holding their second annual "Take It Personally" contest. TMPF has two videos and we can't decide which one to submit, the serious or the silly. Click here for option one and here for option two and "thumbs up" your favorite. 
TMPF and Reno Tennis Center Raise $40,000 for Court Facelift
Thanks to generous grants from the Charles M. Mathewson Foundation and the Jack Van Sickle Foundation, two courts in desperate need of repair will be resurfaced this spring. 
Come In From The Cold Concert Series
This great series from Washoe County Regional Parks and Open Spaces returns once again. Every Saturday from now until March 14, head on down to the Western Heritage Interpretive Center at Bartley Ranch, to sip warm drinks and listen to some great local musicians.

More info and full schedule of artists here.

Science Corner

Bee colonies that clean their hives more often are better able to sniff out and get rid of harmful parasitic mites. Researchers say bees can be bred to be super-hygienic, and that could help combat colony collapse disorder. Source: NewScientist

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TMPF Invites You To...

When: Monday, February 2, 2015 6-9 pm
Where: California Building in Idlewild Park
Admission: Free
Join TMPF to learn about and celebrate the value of snowfall in northern Nevada at our 
Let it Snow! Community Get-Together. This fun-filled evening will start out with an informative presentation by Dr. Adrian Harpold, UNR Assistant Professor in the Nevada Mountain Ecohydrology Lab. Dr. Harpold will discuss the important relationship between snowfall in the Sierra Nevada and our local park ecosystems. Following the presentation, we will be screening the environmentally conscious snowboard film, The Little Things.
The night will also include a raffle full of ski-related prizes, great snacks, and awesome beers crafted especially for this event by Reno's newest local brewery, IMBĪB Custom Brews. TMPF members receive free drink and raffle tickets, so make sure you join today! 

For more information contact Mo:



Keep Your New Year's Resolution with the Trails Challenge 
Did you resolve to lose weight or to be more active? Perhaps you want to explore more? Well, it's time to sign up for the Truckee Meadows Trails Challenge. Register today and set your year-long goal. We provide you all the materials to get you out and on the many great trails in the Truckee Meadows. Find out more here.

Also with 2015 comes the the new Trails Challenge guided-hike schedule, featuring some great new trails as well as some old favorites. Upcoming hikes are listed below, or access the whole schedule with directions here.
January 31, 2015 9am
Swan Lake Nature Study Area
2.3 Miles

February 28, 2015 9am
Ballardini Trailhead
2.5 Miles

Parks Rephotography Project Now on Display
From now through March 1st, stop by the Downtown Washoe County Library to take a look at our historic rephotography collection. The exhibit consists of 20 historical photographs of Reno parks which we have "re-photographed" in modern times to show change in our community.  Find out more about our Rephotography Project here. 

Virginia Lake Dog Park Fund-Raiser 

When: Saturday, February 14th, 2015 4:30-6:30 pm
Where: Swill Coffee and Wine (Moana West Shopping Center, 3366 Lakeside Court)

The Virginia Lake Dog Park Restoration Association is a group of citizens that have come together with TMPF to improve one of only two dog parks operated by the City of Reno. So far we have raised nearly $50,000.00 in cash and contributions by local businesses, but that is just the beginning. On Valentine's Day, Swill Coffee and Wine will be hosting a fundraiser to help us move into Phase II of the project. More details to follow, but mark your calendar and help us revitalize this essential public space. Learn more about the project here.  
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