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by Mary Ann Kelley

Nevada Homeschool Field Trips

Field trips are listed alphabetically by city.

Pony Express National Historic Trail

California National Historic Trail

More than 250,000 gold-seekers & farmers crossed into to the gold fields & rich farmlands of California during the 1840's and 1850's. 1,000 miles of trail ruts and traces can still be seen to remind us of early American travelers and settlers.

Berlin-Ichthyosaur State ParkAustin

Berlin-Ichthyosaur State Park is open all year but extreme winter weather may prohibit travel. A trail through the town site tells the story of Berlin and its mine.

Great Basin National ParkBaker

In the shadow of 13,063-foot Wheeler Peak, 5,000 year old bristlecone pine trees grow on rocky glacial moraines. Come to Great Basin National Park to experience the solitude of the desert, the smell of sagebrush after a thunderstorm, the darkest of night skies, and the beauty of Lehman Caves. Far from a wasteland, the Great Basin is a diverse region that awaits your discovery.

Spring Mountain Ranch State ParkBlue Diamond

Spring Mountain Ranch's many springs provided water for Paiute Indians and later brought mountain men and early settlers to the area. This ranch was developed into a combination working ranch and luxury retreat.

Lake Mead National Recreation AreaBoulder City

Lake Mead National Recreation Area offers a wealth of things to do and places to go year-round. Its huge lakes cater to boaters, swimmers, sunbathers, and fishermen while its desert rewards hikers, wildlife photographers, and roadside sightseers. It is also home to thousands of desert plants and animals, adapted to survive in an extreme place where rain is scarce and temperatures soar.

Kershaw-Ryan State ParkCaliente

Kershaw-Ryan State Park offers visitors a picnic area, restrooms and trails for nature study, photography, picnicking, and hiking.

Beaver Dam State ParkCaliente

Beaver Dam State Park is Eastern Nevada's most remote park. It is popular with hikers and nature enthusiasts. Activities include: fishing, camping, picnicking, hiking, photography and nature study. Facilities include campgrounds, a group use area, a day-use picnic area, and hiking and interpretive trails. Beaver Dam is open year-round, weather permitting, but travel is not advised during winter months.

Dayton State ParkDayton

Dayton State Park is located in the town of Dayton, one of Nevada's first permanent settlements. The Rock Point Mill, built in 1861, was once used to process silver ore. Remnants of the mill are still visible within the park. Activities include: Picnicking, camping and group use facilities.

Death Valley National ParkDeath Valley

A Land of Extremes: Hottest, Driest, Lowest: A superlative desert of streaming sand dunes, snow-capped mountains, multicolored rock layers, water-fluted canyons and three million acres of stone wilderness. Home to the Timbisha Shoshone and to plants and animals unique to the harshest deserts. A place of legend and a place of trial.

Wild Horse State Recreation AreaElko

Wild Horse State Recreation Area visitors enjoy camping, picnicking, hunting, fishing and boating. Facilities include campgrounds, a trailer dump station, boat launch and ranger station. The park Wildhorse Reservoir is open year-round, but access may be hampered by extreme cold and snow in winter months.

Northeastern Nevada MuseumElko

The Cultural Center of Northeastern Nevada. The Northeastern Nevada Museum Children's Education Department works with area schools to help meet certain school education standards.

Ward Charcoal Ovens State Historic ParkEly

Ward Charcoal Ovens State Historic Park is known for its six beehive-shaped historic charcoal ovens. Activities include: trails for hiking, mountain biking and ATV riding. There are abundant wildlife viewing and birding opportunities.

Cave Lake State ParkEly

Cave Lake is open year round and is popular for trout fishing, crawdadding, boating, hiking, picnicking and camping. Facilities include campgrounds, picnic areas, hiking trails and a boat launch. Winter sports such as ice fishing, cross-country skiing and ice skating are also available. Snow sculpting is becoming a popular activity, and the White Pine Fire & Ice Show is the premier winter event in the area.

Lahontan State Recreation AreaFallon

Lahontan State Recreation Area offers: camping, a dump station, showers, picnicking, a boat launch, nature study, swimming, fishing and hunting.

Old Las Vegas Mormon State Historic ParkGenoa

Old Vegas Mormon State Historic Park is located in downtown Las Vegas. The park includes a remnant of the original adobe fort, which contains interpretive displays. The Visitor Center contains exhibits on the history of the site and historic artifacts. The "Friends of the Fort" also provide a series of programs throughout the year.

Mormon Station State Historic ParkGenoa

Mormon Station is the site of Nevada's first permanent nonnative settlement. A replica of the original trading post built in 1851 houses a small museum with relics of pioneer days. Picnic and group facilities are available.

Walker LakeHawthorne

Walker Lake is one of the last remnants of an ancient inland sea which covered much of western Nevada nearly 10,000 years ago. Visitors enjoy fishing, boating, swimming and picnicking, plus facilities at the park include shade ramadas, tables and grills along a sandy beach.

Lake Tahoe-Nevada State ParkIncline Village

Lake Tahoe-Nevada State Park offers a number of different areas for visitors to enjoy. Sand Harbor is the most popular, with sandy beaches, a boat launch, picnicking and group use facilities.

Marvel Avengers STATION located at Treasure Island Hotel & CasinoLas Vegas

Marvel Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N. is an interactive and educational experience bringing visitors into the Marvel cinematic universe. Guests will have access to intelligence files & experiments that explore the history of the characters.

Big Bend of the Colorado Recreation AreaLaughlin

Big Bend State Recreation Area activities include: Camping, Picnicking, Hiking, Boat Launch, Nature Study, Swimming and Fishing.

Elgin School HouseLincoln County

The Elgin Schoolhouse is a historic school in rural Nevada's Lincoln County. The schoolhouse was used from 1922 through 1967, when its last student reached eighth grade. In 1998, the building was restored to its original appearance and volunteers opened the building for tours by request. It became a State Historic Site in July 2005. The Elgin Schoolhouse State Historic Site features half of the house's original items. SR 317 was heavily damaged in 2005 floods. Until the reconstruction on SR 317 (Rainbow Canyon Highway) is complete, the Elgin School house State Historic Site will be closed.

Rye Patch State Recreation AreaLovelock

Park visitors enjoy fishing, boating, water skiing, camping, and picnicking. A campground, boat launch and picnic sites are provided.

The Dangberg Home Ranch Historic ParkMinden

The Dangberg Home Ranch Historic Park is one of Carson Valley's first and largest ranches. The ranch was home to German immigrant Heinrich Friedrich Dangberg who founded the site in 1857. A local businessman, rancher and politician, Dangberg started his ranch with just a log cabin. The county and state are restoring the original buildings, including a main house, a stone cellar, a laundry building, a carriage house, a garage and a bunkhouse. These buildings and original artifacts are on display.

Valley of Fire State ParkOverton

Valley of Fire is Nevada's oldest and largest state park, dedicated 1935. Popular activities include camping, hiking, picnicking and photography. The park offers a full-scale visitor center with extensive interpretive displays. Several group use areas are also available. The park is open all year.

Cathedral Gorge State ParkPanaca

Cathedral Gorge erosion has carved dramatic and unique patterns in the soft bentonite clay. The big draw tot he areas is cave-like formations and cathedral-like spires. The park activities include: Hiking, picnicking, camping, nature study, photography and ranger programs.

Spring Valley State ParkPioche

Spring Valley State Park offers boat launching, picnicking and camping facilities are available. Visitors also enjoy hiking, exploring and touring the historic Ranch House museum.

Echo Canyon State ParkPioche

Echo Canyon State Park offers camping, fishing, hiking and enjoying the beautiful scenery of eastern Nevada.

Fort Churchill State Historic ParkSilver Springs

Fort Churchill was once an active U.S. Army fort built to protect early settlers. A visitor center displays information and artifacts of the fort's history. Facilities include: trails, a campground, picnic area, group-use area and access to the Carson River. Visitors can enjoy hiking, historic and environmental education, camping, picnicking, photography and canoeing.

South Fork State Recreation AreaSpring Creek

South Fork Reservoir is popular for hunting, camping, boating, picnicking, winter sports and wildlife viewing. The park is best known for its trophy-class trout and bass fishery. Facilities include a boat launch, campground, trailer dump station and picnic area.

Washoe Lake State ParkWashoe Valley

Washoe Lake and Little Washoe Lakes activities include: nature study, bird watching, hiking, horseback riding, picnicking, windsurfing, water skiing, catamaran sailing, jet skiing and fishing. A campground, boat launches, group use area, day-use picnic sites and equestrian trailhead are available. A wetlands area with a viewing tower and interpretive displays is a new addition to the park.

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