Education and Outreach

By utilizing the resources at both SNARL and Valentine Camp, VESR is well known in the region for its active outreach programs. The Spring Seminar Series at SNARL hosts visiting scientists who give presentations on scientific topics of interest to local and regional public audiences of approximately 75-100 people per week. The Outdoor Science Education program, which operates both at Valentine Camp and SNARL, provides hands-on science lessons for K-12 students from Inyo and Mono counties as well as remote locations of western Nevada. During the summer months, SNARL also offers one and two-week science day camps for K-12 students on a fee basis.

COVID-19 Update:

Environmental and outdoor science education are vital components of our national education system.  The COVID-19 pandemic has created some serious challenges for this field, and the results of a study from the Lawrence Hall of Science are summarized in a policy brief here. At VESR we are working hard to keep staff employed, updating our place-based curriculum, researching new grant opportunities, and developing tools for distance learning.  We are working with schools to deliver some of our programs virtually.  Please stay tuned as we work through these challenges.

NEW - VESR Virtual Programs!

First Grade - Birds

Second Grade - Black Bears!

Third Grade - Native Plants and Their Uses

Fifth Grade - Forest Ecology