Verdi Center

Verdi Tank MuralLocated 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.

Outdoors activities at Verdi include plant and animal identification, track identification, mapping activities, and geological studies on the Verdi Nature Trail. Indoor activities at the Center feature literacy correlation to nature, art/drawing activities, and aquatic ecosystem activities at the native fish tank.


The Verdi Community Library and Wildlife Education Center is located in Verdi at 270 Bridge Street, behind the Verdi Elementary School, about 12 miles west of Reno, Nevada.


Travel on I 80 west to Exit 5 Verdi. Follow old Highway 40 from the ramp for 2.2 miles, make a right turn at Bridge Street, and pass the Verdi Elementary School on the right. The Verdi Community Library and Wildlife Education Center parking lot is located on the right at 270 Bridge Street.


The Verdi Nature Trail is open year round sunrise to sunset. The Wildlife Education Center is open during the public library hours. Please the phone the Verdi Community Public Library @ (775) 345-8104 for current hours.

Nature Trail Information

The Verdi Nature Trail is a one-half-mile hike through varying habitats. In this spot, where the Great Basin meets the Sierra Nevada, you can easily see the riparian habitat, upland habitat, and the desert –mountain habitats contrasting against the mountain shadow. This is a unique and exhilarating experience for students and adults alike.

  • Verdi Nature Trail Information
    Outside, the Verdi Nature Trail activities include wildlife habitat studies and track identification. Print or download the map and interpretive guide.
  • Field Pack Inventory for Verdi Nature Trail
    Field packs can be checked out at the Verdi Nature Trail site. Inventory will take place at the end of the field trip. Microscopes can also be checked out on site for investigations.