‘Stories in the Snow’ at the Galena Creek Visitor Center set for Nov. 23 | SierraSun.com

‘Stories in the Snow’ at the Galena Creek Visitor Center set for Nov. 23

Join Meghan Collins, research scientist with the Desert Research Institute (DRI), will lead a scientific adventure exploring an exciting and unique approach to the science of snow.

According to a news release “Stories in the Snow” is a citizen science project at the Desert Research Institute that involves taking pictures of freshly-fallen snow crystals with a smartphone. In the last three years, the network of citizen scientists in the Tahoe Basin and Truckee River watershed has grown to hundreds of students and community members. The discussion will include the science of snow crystal formation, see snow crystal pictures submitted by people throughout our region, and understand how the images are used to better understand winter weather of the Sierra Nevada.

The discussion is set for 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 23 at the Galena Creek Visitor Center. Suggested donation is $5. Email visitorcenter@thegreatbasininstitute.org for information.

The Galena Creek Visitor Center is a partnership between Washoe County, the U.S. Forest Service, and the Great Basin Institute. The goal of the visitor center is to encourage understanding, appreciation and appropriate use of the natural, cultural and historical resources of the Galena Canyon area and the Mount Rose Scenic Byway.

To learn more about the Visitor Center, upcoming events, volunteer opportunities, and more, please call the number below or visit our website at http://www.galenacreekvisitorcenter.org. The Galena Creek Visitor Center is open 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday-Sunday. Call 775-849-4948 for information.