Wildlife Education Sites

Oxbow Nature Study Area

Oxbow Nature Study Area is located on the Truckee River, one mile from downtown Reno. This site serves the public as the State of Nevada model for Wildlife Education and Aquatic Education programs offered by the Nevada Department of Wildlife. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service also recognizes Oxbow Nature Study Area as a national model for a successful urban nature center.

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Verdi Wildlife Education Center

Located at the transition zone between the Sierra Nevada Mountains and the Great Basin Desert, the newly opened Verdi Community Library and Wildlife Education Center welcomes you! The 8-acre nature center highlights the uniqueness of the transitional wildlife habitat between the mountains and the desert. The Verdi Center is a partnership between the Nevada Department of Wildlife, Washoe County Public Library System, Washoe County School District, and the Verdi Community.

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Martin Slough

The Martin Slough rests in the valley between the Sierra Nevada in the west and the Pinenut Mountain Range in the east. A slough is a place of deep mud or a side channel of a river. This slough originated historically as an irrigation water system branching off from the Carson River, flowing through Gardnerville and Minden, and returning to the East Fork of the Carson River. Originally, the water was used by local ranchers for agriculture and cattle.

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Washoe Lake Wetlands

The Washoe Lake Wetlands trails help students and other visitors understand the importance of wetland habitats in Nevada through education. This wetlands mitigation site now is sanctuary for the Bald Eagle and many shore birds along the Pacific Flyway. Students attending the Washoe Lake Wetlands field trips learn wildlife and aquatic education, while local community sportsmen enjoy the trails improved for access to the shoreline.

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