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NBMG Earth Science Week

NBMG Earth Science Week

NBMG Earth Science Week Field Trip 2023

Saturday, October 7, 2023

Location: Starts at Great Basin Science Sample and Records Library, 2175 Raggio Parkway, Reno, NV 89512, 8:00 am, Saturday, October 7, 2022. We will depart from the GBSSRL at 8:30 a.m sharp.

This year, Earth Science Week is celebrating the theme Geoscience Innovating for Earth and People. In keeping with the theme, our 2023 field trip will take us on a tour of the Truckee and north Lake Tahoe areas, and the Truckee River west of Reno. We will discuss some aspects of the geosciences that are helping our mountain communities work towards healthier and increasingly sustainable lifestyles, while implementing environmental problem-solving in the Tahoe basin and beyond. We will discuss the geology and ecosystems in these regions, past mining and logging activities, landscape evolution, and natural hazards. We will also learn about microplastics in Lake Tahoe, which provides drinking water to downstream communities, and research that is being done to study these substances.

Expansive view over tree covered slopes towards a blue lake in the distance.



Click here to sign up for the ESW Field Trip.

Please note: Because of the nature of the trip location, parking will be incredibly limited. Please carpool as much as possible.


Please remember to download, print out, read, and sign a liability waiver form for each attendee and bring it with you to turn in to us at our meeting place before the field trip.

2023 ESW Waiver (PDF)

If you do not have access to a printer, we will have printed copies of the waivers for you at the meeting place in the morning. Attached is a PDF of the field guide for our trip. We will be providing printed copies of this guide tomorrow morning.


Since parking is anticipated to be tight in many places we will not be maintaining a caravan as we have in years past. Google Maps links are provided for each of the stops below. Please work your way to these stops and park smartly and wisely, where legal to do so. Specific information about parking at each of the stops is noted in the guidebook. Once parked, please meet up with the rest of the group and once we reach critical mass, we'll begin our discussions.

Stop 1 @ 39.316314°N, -120.3263438°W: Donner Pass/Summit Haus
Stop 2 @ 39.1083674°N, -120.161674°W: Eagle Rock trailhead
Stop 3 @ 39.166357°N, -120.143659°W: Truckee River Outlet/Gatekeepers Museum
Stop 4 @ 39.3542114°N, -120.1174115°W: Truckee River Legacy Trail/Glenshire Trailhead
Stop 5 @ 39.5266878°N, -119.8848303°W: Mayberry Park, west Reno

Approximate schedule:

8:00 am – Meet at the Gold Building
8:30 am – Depart from the Gold Building parking lot
9:20 am – Stop 1: Donner Pass/Summit Haus
10:20 am – Depart Donner Pass/Summit Haus
11:00 am – Stop 2: Eagle Rock
12:20 pm – Depart Eagle Rock
12:40 pm – Stop 3: Truckee River Outlet/Gatekeepers Museum
2:00 pm – Depart Truckee River Outlet/Gatekeepers Museum
2:40 pm – Stop 4: Truckee River Legacy Trail/Glenshire Trailhead
3:20 pm – Depart Truckee River Legacy Trail/Glenshire Trailhead
3:50 pm – Stop 5: Mayberry Park, west Reno

Earth Science Week is October 8-14, 2023. 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.” (ESW website)

ESW Proclamation by the Governor

ESW Toolkit for Educators

Past NBMG Field Trip Guides

Be sure to check out NBMG geologic guidebooks!