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NBMG Earth Science Week

NBMG Earth Science Week

NBMG Earth Science Week Field Trip 2019

Saturday, October 12, 2019

Join us on Saturday, October 12 as geoscientists from Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology explain the geology of the Reno and Virginia City areas—in celebration of Earth Science Week 2019 and the importance of earth sciences to the people of the state of Nevada.

Trip leaders will be Mike Ressel, Rachel Micander, and Jack Hursh.

Our Field Trip title is “Lode and Behold! Geology and Natural Resources of the Truckee Meadows
and Virginia City”

Major stops on this field trip will include the following:
Ormat geothermal plant in south Reno
Chollar Mine (open pit mine site) in Virginia City

NBMG coordinates annual geology field trips for the public during, or near, Earth Science Week. These field trips are fun, educational, family oriented, and always free. NBMG has been an active participant in Earth Science Week since it began in 1998. See information on previous ESW field trips at this site:

You must sign up online prior to the field trip and sign a waiver. Please print out a paper copy, sign, and date, and submit prior to the field trip or bring to the field trip starting point.

If you do not have access to a printer, we will have printed copies of the waiver for you at the meeting place in the morning.

We will provide a copy of a draft of the detailed trip guide to each participant at our meeting place on Saturday at 8 AM. The finalized guide will be posted on the NBMG website after the trip.

Meeting location: 18250 Wedge Parkway in south Reno (off of the Mount Rose Highway). We will be meeting in the parking lot between the Starbucks and Raley's at 8:00 am. Look for the "Nevada Wolf Pack" flag.

Field Trip Sign-up Form | Field Trip Waiver and Release Form

Field Trip Guide/Road Log (DRAFT)| Map of meeting place

ESW Proclamation by the Governor | Field Trip Flyer

Be sure to bring your own water, lunch, sunscreen, hat, jacket, first-aid kit, walking stick, gloves, camera, binoculars, toilet paper, bag or bucket for collecting samples, safety glasses if you use a rock hammer, and licensed and insured 4WD or rugged high-clearance vehicle.

The day's activity will involve hiking and climbing around rocks so wear appropriate outdoor clothing and sturdy shoes or hiking boots.


Earth Science Week is October 13–19, 2019. For more information about educational activities during Earth Science Week, go to the national Earth Science Week website at:

“Since October 1998, the American Geosciences Institute has organized this national and international event to help the public gain a better understanding and appreciation for the Earth sciences and to encourage stewardship of the Earth. This year's Earth Science Week will be held from October 13–19, 2019 and will celebrate the theme "Geoscience Is for Everyone." The coming year's event will emphasize both the inclusive potential and the importance of the geosciences in the lives of all people.” (ESW website)

ESW Toolkit for Educators

Past NBMG Field Trip Guides

Be sure to check out NBMG geologic guidebooks!