June 15, 2017
by Lorian McConnell

Upcoming Teacher Training and Workshops


Save the Date! July 31-August 1, 2017 in Las Vegas, NV 

Mission NGSS is a two-day workshop specifically designed for K-8th Grade educators. Science Alive launches into how to incorporate Next Generation Science Standards into your classroom through the lens of energy and the environment. We will prepare for a Mission to Mars and will need to identify basic life support systems in order to survive. This hands-on workshop will explore the complexities of energy as it relates to NGSS.

All meals and snacks throughout the 2 days are included.  Additionally, participants who complete this FREE teacher training will receive 0.5 in-service credit from the Nevada Dept. of Education.

Limited space is available. Registration is NOW OPEN –  Register for this training here!

This workshop is offered through a collaboration of DRI, RPDP of Southern Nevada, and EnergySmart Education (sponsored by NV Energy and SW Gas).

For any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Craig Rosen, Community Engagement and Professional Development Administrator at craig.rosen@dri.edu 702-862-5332.


June 13, 2017
by Lorian McConnell
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Project ReCharge Recognized in Northern Nevada Business Weekly


Exciting news! Project ReCharge was featured in Northern Nevada Business Weekly yesterday. The article explains how students in Northern Nevada are finding new ways to increase sustainability and energy efficiency through the Project ReCharge program. Check out the article here!


June 7, 2017
by Lorian McConnell
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Governor’s Points of Light Award Submission Deadline EXTENDED to June 16



Do you know an amazing volunteer, volunteer organization, volunteer manager or corporate volunteer program?
Nevada Volunteers, the Governor’s Commission on Service, is pleased to announce the nomination process for the 2017 Governor’s Points of Light Award ceremony is open. Nevada’s most prestigious volunteer recognition, the Governor’s Points of Light Award, is an opportunity to shine the light on Nevada’s brightest volunteers. Help us tell the story of volunteerism in your community and submit a nomination!

The deadline has been extended! Nominations are accepted until June 16, 2017 (11:59 PM PST)

Nomination categories are:
• Individual – Northern Nevada
• Individual – Southern Nevada
• Individual – Rural Nevada
• Nonprofit/Community Organization Volunteer Program
• Corporate/Business Volunteer Program
• Volunteer Manager
• Volunteer Program serving Veterans

Being recognized at the Governor’s Points of Light event is Nevada’s most prestigious recognition for volunteers, volunteer managers, and volunteer organizations. Past award recipients and finalists cannot be recognized in the same category for 5 years, but are otherwise eligible to be nominated.

Submit nominations, and learn more about the nomination process at http://bit.ly/2017GPOL .

For more information contact 775-825-1900, info@nevadavolunteers.org,or visit Nevada Volunteer’s website: http://www.nevadavolunteers.org/

GPOL extended


June 7, 2017
by Lorian McConnell
Comments Off on River Stories & Photos Contest Deadline EXTENDED to June 14

River Stories & Photos Contest Deadline EXTENDED to June 14


One Truckee River has extended the deadline for the River Stories and River Photos contests! The deadline is not June 14th.

They have two contests happening right now, with AWESOME prizes awaiting the winners.

Contest #1: River Stories — Share a short story about an experience you’ve had at an event or gathering along the Truckee River (this past weekend’s River Fest counts!).

Contest #2: River Photos — Share a photo you’ve taken along the river and submit in the following categories: From your phone; People; Nature/landscape; Wildlife; Youth photography (ages 5-11 and 12-18)

Winners of the stories contest will read their story to an audience during Artown in July; winners of the photos contest will get their photos put on display in windows of vacant buildings in downtown Reno.

Plus more prizes!! Winners of the contests could win any of the following: Tour of the Tesla gigafactory (stories); free passes to Wildcreek Golf Course (photos); movie tickets (stories); passes to the Aquarange at the GSR (photos); a book by Michael Branch (stories); passes to Wild Island and gift card to Yogurt Beach (photos); or passes to The Bunker/bowling alley at the GSR (photos). Whew, we’re out of breath.

ALL the details and submission can be found at http://onetruckeeriver.org/stories/.

OTR River stories