August 7, 2008
DAYTON, Nev.– Each year people become lost, stranded or worse in the outdoors. This program will introduce you to the GPS (Global Positioning Systems) and will explore what GPS is, how it works and how it can be used to navigate in the outdoors.
This free program will be held on August 16 from 9 a.m. to noon at Dayton State Park.
A limited number of handheld GPS units will be available for the program, so participants are encouraged to bring their own GPS unit.
Please call 687-5678 to reserve a space. Everyone will meet in at the group pavilion.
Dayton State Park is located in the town of Dayton, one of Nevada’s very earliest Comstock settlements. The Carson River flows through the park and offers fishing and bird watching. The Rock Point Mill, built in 1861, was once used to process rich silver ore from nearby Virginia City—remnants of the mill are still visible within the park. Picnicking, camping, hiking and group use facilities are available. Dayton State Park is located on U.S. 50, 12 miles east of Carson City.
- Dayton State Park
May 30, 2008
DAYTON, Nev.–Join a historian on a tour of the Rock Point Mill site on Saturday, June 14 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Now just a quiet spot across from the Dayton State Park’s entrance, the site, after gold and silver were discovered in the 1850s and 60s, was anything but quiet. The Rock Point Mill was one of the largest stamp mills on the Carson River and one of the only ruins left from those mining days.
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May 6, 2008
Fort Churchill State Historic Park is the place to be on Saturday morning, May 10. The Carson River Festival features activities to learn about the Carson River. The park waived admission for the day. Activities begin at 10 am and conclude at 2 pm.
Students from Churchill, Silver Stage, Fernley, Dayton and Carson High Schools are leading the hands-on activities. Learn about native plants, Leave No Trace, insects, rodents and other animals living along the river. Help control mosquitoes by releasing mosquito minnows in the river. Discover amphibians and reptiles, check out arachnids, take home a lilac bush sponsored by the Dayton Valley Conservation District. You can have your face painted to reflect the spirit of the day!
Musical entertainment is provided by Slidebase Jammers and Friends. Food is offered by the Train Station BBQ concession. The day is filled with activities and fun. There is something for all ages.
In preparation for the festival, River Wrangler teens met with Mary Kay Riedl, Nevada Division of Environmental Protection, to learn more about non-point source pollution as they prepare for the festival. Read the rest of this entry »