River Fork Ranch hosts STEM session

A night of science will be at the River Fork Ranch in Genoa on Thursday.

A night of science will be at the River Fork Ranch in Genoa on Thursday.

Science, technology, engineering, and math activities are on tap at a Family STEM Night and Open House from 5-7 p.m. Thursday at River Fork Ranch Preserve, 381 Genoa Lane, Genoa.

The Nature Conservancy in Nevada and Sierra Nevada Journeys are hosting the interactive experience for the whole family.

Participants will enjoy hands-on science activities and learn more about the interface between land and the Carson River.

Investigate why Nevada’s mule deer population is declining and how restoration efforts at River Fork Ranch are working to improve their habitat.

Attendees will also explore different types of bird beaks and the foods they eat and create paper watersheds to explore the direction water flows in and why.

River Wranglers, a Carson City-based nonprofit that promotes stewardship of the Carson River watershed through youth mentorship and experiential education, will also be participating in the event. They are bringing a variety of animal pelts, skulls, and scat which are always a hit for hands-on learning about animals native to the Carson River watershed. Admission is free and Nevada Nosh food truck will be there serving up burgers, sandwiches and salads.

Educational events like this one are part of a larger initiative funded by Nevada Dream Tags.

“Our goal through this grant is to engage Nevadans in wildlife conservation, including the mule deer population, to restore resilience in at-risk Nevada habitats,” said Sierra Nevada Journeys CEO Sean Hill. “Our partnership with The Nature Conservancy has been working in tandem with their restoration efforts around mule deer habitat by educating our youth with Family STEM Night stations that demonstrate this ecosystem and how environmental scientists use vegetation to improve the confluence of the East and West Forks of the Carson River.



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