Swan Lake Open House a great way to experience one of nature’s local hot spots

Experience the wonders of one of the region’s most spectacular wildlife areas and help Mother Nature take care of her own during the Swan Lake Open House on Saturday, October 1, 2011 at the Swan Lake Nature Study Area in Stead.

From 10:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., a variety of activities will be offered for all ages, including a volunteer planting event and guided tour of the Nature Study Area.

Just minutes from the greater Reno-Sparks area, Swan Lake is home to a vibrant and diverse population of birds and other wildlife, including the migrating swans that gave the lake it’s name.

“Swan Lake is a place of natural splendor that is still undiscovered by many people who live in the area and love to observe our local wildlife,” Becky Stock of the Nevada Land Conservancy said. “This event is an opportunity for those of us who love Swan Lake to introduce its wonders to others.”

What: Swan Lake Open House

When: Saturday, October 1, 2011, 10:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Schedule: 10:00 – 1:30 p.m.: Open House with activities for all ages. Cake and raffle at 1 p.m. 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.: Join Bob Goodman form the Lahontan Audubon Society for a walk around the Nature Study area and learn more about the more than 150 species that live in Swan Lake. Bring binoculars. 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., take part in a volunteer planting of native, riparian plants to help restore Horse Creek, which runs through the Nature Study Area and into Swan Lake. Wear old clothes and RSVP in advance to Becky Stock: (775) 851-5180.

Directions from Reno: Travel north on 395 and exit at Lemmon Drive. Turn left on Military Road. Turn right on Lear Blvd (Overhead Door Co. on the corner). At the end of pavement turn left on gravel drive.

Public Input Survey: The Swan Lake Advisory Board is asking for public input as they update the Nature Study Area’s Master Plan. Ideas may be submitted through an online survey available at www.washoecountyparks.com.

Preserving Swan Lake as a Nature Study Area is the result of an extraordinary effort by a number of local government, non-profit and private organizations including Washoe County, the Bureau of Land Management, Nevada Office of the Military, the Lahontan Chapter of the National Audubon Society, Nevada Division of Wildlife, Washoe County School District, City of Reno, Nevada Land Conservancy, Lemmon Valley Homeowners Association, North Valley Investment Group and the Stead Neighborhood Council.

For more information, visit www.nvlc.org.