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Interpretive Programs

What is interpretation?

Interpretation is the process of connecting visitors to Nevada’s natural, cultural, and historical resources through activities, presentations, publications, audio-visual media, and exhibits that seek to deepen understanding, broaden perspectives, inspire engagement, and assist audiences in making both emotional and intellectual connections with resources.


What kinds of interpretive programs do we offer?

Nevada State Parks is proud to offer a variety of interpretive programs for visitors of all ages and interest levels. Most of our programs fall into four broad categories:

  • Historical Programs: Programs or tours that focus on events of the past that have shaped our great state or the region. Examples of historical programs include chautauquas (first-person or living history programs) and reenactments.
  • Cultural Programs: Programs or tours that help visitors learn about Nevada’s rich cultural heritage. Examples of cultural programs include basketry, sand painting, painting with a ranger, and rock art.  
  • Natural Resource Programs: Programs or tours that relate to natural history themes. Examples of natural resource programs include night sky programs, owl prowls, wildflower walks, birdwatching, scorpion hunts, and geology hikes.
  • Demonstrations: Programs or tours that encourage and invite hands-on learning and interaction. Popular demonstrations include Dutch-oven cooking, gold panning, forging, and atlatl throwing.

What’s going on in Nevada’s State Parks?

  • Check-out our state-wide schedule of events here.
  • Find Nevada State Parks and many of the individual parks on social media outlets like Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. This is a good resource for up-to-date program information and general park alerts and information.

Contact the individual parks for the most up-to-date information.

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