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May Events at Fort Churchill State Historic Park

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ft-churchill-640x423-6546706-8690251SILVER SPRINGS – Fort Churchill State Historic Park is offering a variety of ranger-led programs during the month of May, highlighting the area’s rich history and abundant natural resources.

May 10: Fort Churchill: Then and Now

When you look at the ruins of Fort Churchill, it’s hard to imagine life and the landscape before the Fort. Join a ranger for an easy 0.6-mile walk and talk that explores the Fort Churchill area then and now. Please bring plenty of water, sun protection, and comfortable closed-toe shoes. Cameras, binoculars, insect repellant, and a picnic lunch are also encouraged.

WHEN: Sunday, May 10, 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

WHERE: Meet at the Fort Churchill museum. Fort Churchill is located 8 miles south of Silver Springs, NV on Highway 95A. Turn onto the Fort Churchill road, and the park is one mile in on the left.

May 16: Star Party

Experience the starry night sky over Fort Churchill State Historic Park. Members of the Northern Nevada Astronomy Group will begin the evening with a short educational presentation, followed by a viewing of stars, planets, and other celestial objects through high-powered telescopes. Please dress for the weather. Red lights, lawn chairs and blankets are encouraged.

WHEN: Saturday, May 16, dusk (between 8:00 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.)

WHERE: Meet in the gravel parking area adjacent to the Fort Churchill cemetery. Fort Churchill is located 8 miles south of Silver Springs, NV on Highway 95A. Turn onto the Fort Churchill road, and the park is one mile in on the left.

May 23: Park After Dark (Campfire Program)

Have you ever wondered what happens at Fort Churchill after the sun goes down? Join a ranger for a campfire program that explores the park, and its nocturnal residents, after dark.

WHEN: Saturday, May 23, 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

WHERE: Meet at the “Pony Bob” Haslam Group Use Area at Fort Churchill. Fort Churchill is located 8 miles south of Silver Springs, NV on Highway 95A. Turn onto the Fort Churchill road, and the park is one mile in on the left.

May 30: Families at the Fort

Explore the rich history and natural wonders found in and around Fort Churchill State Historic Park. A variety of activities, crafts and short hikes will be part of the fun. Please bring plenty of water, sun protection and comfortable closed-toe shoes. Cameras, binoculars, insect repellant and a picnic lunch are also encouraged.

WHEN: Saturday, May 30, 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

WHERE: Meet at the John C. Fremont Picnic Area at Fort Churchill. Fort Churchill is located 8 miles south of Silver Springs, NV on Highway 95A. Turn onto the Fort Churchill road, and the park is one mile in on the left.

May 31: Fort Churchill: Then and Now

When you look at the ruins of Fort Churchill, it’s hard to imagine life and the landscape before the Fort. Join a ranger for an easy 0.6-mile walk and talk that explores the Fort Churchill area then and now. Please bring plenty of water, sun protection, and comfortable closed-toe shoes. Cameras, binoculars, insect repellant, and a picnic lunch are also encouraged.

WHEN: Sunday, May 31, 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

WHERE: Meet at the Fort Churchill museum. Fort Churchill is located 8 miles south of Silver Springs, NV on Highway 95A. Turn onto the Fort Churchill road, and the park is one mile in on the left.

All events are open to the public and free of charge; however, there is an entrance fee into the park of $7 per vehicle (cash or check only). Nevada residents receive a $2 discount. Program schedules are subject to change due to weather and staffing. When going on any hike, please be sure to bring plenty of water and wear appropriate footwear. Fort Churchill is located 8 miles south of Silver Springs, NV on Highway 95A. Turn onto the Fort Churchill road, and the park is one mile in on the left.

SOURCE: Nevada State Parks.

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