Celebrate Mother’s Day Weekend at the Carson River Festival


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.

“Point source pollution is being well regulated” said Riedl. “It is the non-point source pollution, which comes from ordinary folk like all of us, who are causing problems.”

Fertilizer and pesticide use, emissions from vehicles in addition to construction and erosion all contribute to pollution. Education coupled with action is the way to address the problem.

Kayla Pratt and Thomas Lane are teaming up to demonstrate non-point source pollution using an enviroscape model. They are one of many activities featured at the Carson River Festival on Saturday, May 10.

This event is sponsored by Nevada State Parks and River Wranglers. Support comes from Carson Water Subconservancy District, Western Nevada RC&D, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Nevada Division of Environmental Protection, Bureau of Land Management, Smallwood Foundation, Dayton Valley Conservation District, Lahontan Valley Alliance, New Hope Recovery Ranch, Community Roots, Central Lyon Youth Connections, Douglas High School Technology Class, Mason Valley Mosquito Abatement and Nevada Department of Wildlife. A Lyon County Room Tax Board grant promotes advertising.

Plan to spend Saturday, May 10 from 10:00-2:00 at the river. Ft. Churchill is located 8 ½ miles south of the four-way stop in Silver Springs on Hwy. 95A. Follow signs to the John C. Fremont picnic area. For questions call 577-2631 or email nevadariverwranglers@yahoo.com.

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