Free Events at Fort Churchill State Historic Park in June

fortchurchill4 150x133 Free Events at Fort Churchill State Historic Park in JuneSilver Springs, Nev. – Fort Churchill State Historic Park is offering a variety of events during the month of June. These events include a Young Chautauqua program at Buckland Station, a Pony Express demonstration, Civil War Volunteers campout, astronomy and a full moon hike.  Programs are free after the entrance per vehicle fee of $7; Nevada residents receive a $2 discount. Cash and checks are accepted; no credit cards. Contact Kim Clawson at 775-577-4880 or e-mail at bucklandstation@hotmail.com for more information on these events.

 June 1: Young Chautauqua Program at Buckland Station

Young scholars in costume and in character provide an animated look into the lives of important historical figures.

               WHEN: Saturday, June 1 at 1 p.m.

               WHERE: Buckland Station is located nine miles south of Silver Springs on Highway 95A. Buckland Station is the large, two-story white building on the left, about ½ mile south of the railroad tracks.

               WHO: This event is open to the public and is sponsored by Fort Churchill State Historic Park and Nevada Humanities.

 June 1 and 2: Pony Express Re-ride Qualifications

Experience the excitement of the Pony Express! Nevada Pony Express Association members will be using the park to qualify riders for the coming re-ride later this month. They will be testing horses for time and will be demonstrating the mochilla exchanges.

               WHEN: Saturday and Sunday, June 1 and 2 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

               WHERE: Throughout Fort Churchill State Park, which is located approximately eight miles south of Silver Springs on Highway 95A. Turn onto Fort Churchill Road and follow the signs into the park.

               WHO: This event is open to the public and is sponsored by Fort Churchill State Historic Park.

 June 8: Astronomy

Join us for this fascinating look into the night sky. There will be a short lecture on astronomy provided by local astronomers, followed by viewing of stars and planets through high-powered telescopes. Participants should bring a blanket or lawn chair to sit on during the program and for viewing the night sky.

               WHEN: Saturday, June 8 from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. or later, depending on interest.

               WHERE: Meet at the cemetery, across the parking lot from the museum. Fort Churchill is located approximately eight miles south of Silver Springs on Highway 95A. Turn onto Fort Churchill Road and follow the signs into the park.

               WHO: This event is open to the public and is sponsored by Fort Churchill State Historic Park.

               MORE: Please do not use flashlights during the star party, as this negatively affects night vision. Red lights or flashlights covered in red plastic are allowed.

 June 8 and 9: Nevada Civil War Volunteers Camp Out

The Nevada Civil War Volunteers will be set up on the museum lawn during the day and camping out overnight. The public is invited for living history demonstrations and discussions.

               WHEN: Saturday, June 8 starting at approximately 10 a.m. to Sunday, June 9 at approximately 1 p.m.

WHERE: Fort Churchill is located approximately eight miles south of Silver Springs on Highway 95A. Turn onto Fort Churchill Road and follow the signs into the park.

               WHO: This event is open to the public and is sponsored by Fort Churchill State Historic Park.

 June 23: Full Moon Hike

Registration is required for this moonlit hike that is limited to 30 people. Dogs are not permitted, because they scare wildlife. Registration starts on June 17 by calling Kim at 775-577-4880. The hike is approximately two miles long and will last about an hour and a half. Get to know the moon and some of the park’s nighttime creatures, including bats and owls. Participants should wear good hiking shoes or boots and bring water, a jacket and insect repellant.

               WHEN: Saturday, June 23 from 8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

               WHERE: Fort Churchill is located approximately eight miles south of Silver Springs on Highway 95A. Turn onto Fort Churchill Road and follow the signs into the park. Starting location for this hike is made known upon registration.

               WHO: This event is open to the public and is sponsored by Fort Churchill State Historic Park and Nevada Humanities.

 The Nevada Division of State Parks plans, develops and maintains a system of parks and recreation areas for the use and enjoyment of more than 3.3 million visitors a year. The division was established in 1963 by the Nevada Legislature to form a new state park agency within the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. The division manages and maintains 24 parks, historic sites and recreation areas in Nevada.