Taylor Creek Visitor Center

Taylor Creek has something for everyone.  Connect with a naturalist to get answers to your questions or learn new things.  Get your maps, books, wilderness permits and/or National Recreation Pass.  Take a casual walk along any of the four self-guided trails.  Spot a butterfly, dragonfly, bird on the fly, or other  wildlife.  Study fish in their natural habitat at the Stream Profile Chamber.  Enjoy the beach.  Watch the Sunset.  Or Attend an evening program.

Tahoe Heritage Foundation partners with the United States Forest Service to present these programs and events. For more information about this partnership  and all of its programs and events, please explore this year’s Lake of the Sky Journal.


Lake of the Sky Amphitheater

Lake of the Sky Amphitheater


The Lake of the Sky Amphitheater boasts a stunning backdrop of Mount Tallac and state-of-the-art audio-visual equipment.

Naturalists, scholars, and historians give entertaining and educational presentations every Friday evening in July and August.

2017 Lake of the Sky Amphitheater Programs:

Evening with John C. Fremont

Steve Hale portrays the noted explorer who first recorded sighting Lake Tahoe in the 19th century.

July 7 @ 7:00 pm

Winged Flight at Night

Bats are a valuable part of nature. Join NorCal Bats for a LIVE bat presentation.

July 14 @ 8:30 pm

Astronomy at Taylor Creek

Come learn about astronomy and star gaze with the Fleischmann Planetarium.

July 21 @ 8:00 pm

Evening with Mark Twain

McAvoy Layne returns to bring this iconic American to life as he shares stories of his times in Tahoe.

July 28 @ 7:00 pm

David Antonucci: Amazing Tahoe Facts

Join author David Antonucci as he shares some of the most amazing facts about the Lake Tahoe basin.

August 4 @ 6:00 pm

Beavers of Taylor Creek

Join Sherry Guzzi from Sierra Wildlife Coalition to learn about the beavers of Taylor Creek and the Tahoe Basin.

August 11 @ 7:30 pm

Winged Flight at Night

Bats are a valuable part of nature. Join NorCal Bats for a LIVE bat presentation.

August 18 @ 8:00 pm

“Lake of the Sky: The Story of Tahoe” movie

Join us in a screening of the “Lake of the Sky” film produced by Sierra State Parks.

August 25 @ 8:00 pm


Rainbow Walk

Named for the rainbows that sparkle in the morning dew, the Rainbow Trail is a special place.  It loops through the largest meadow/marsh at Lake Tahoe.  Join a naturalist on the trail and discover how the meadow, marsh and stream are connected to lake clarity. Make an underwater connection with Taylor Creek in the Stream Profile Chamber.

July & August
Sunday, Tuesday, Friday



Jr. Forest Ranger

A different action-filled project each week teaches kids 6 to 12 years old how the parts of nature are connected as they earn their Jr. Forest Ranger badges.

July & August

Thursdays 10 am
Kids 6 to 12 years old


Smokey’s Trail

Follow Smokey’s Trail to learn about campfire safety and find a “photo op” with Smokey.  Shake his paw and learn more about wildfire prevention. Watch for Smokey, as he “sniffs” around the Visitor Center on Saturdays at 10 am

Self guided walk daily


Wild Tahoe Weekend!

Join us for a two-day weekend festival to learn more about the plants and animals of the Lake Tahoe Basin! Both days will feature free nature walks, educational talks, booths with fascinating information to learn about the day’s theme, and food trucks from Tacos Por Favor!

June 24th (10am – 4pm): Native Species Festival! Come learn our stories and that of our feathered and furry friends as well as information on native species plants.

June 25th (10am – 3:30pm): Lake Tahoe Bird Festival! This annual event includes guided bird walks along the Rainbow Trail, a bird contest for all ages, information on migratory birds and spotting scope use, and presentations! 


Fall Fish Festival

The Festival is a two-day event held each fall.  The Festival celebrates the dramatic and colorful spawning behaviors of the Kokanee Salmon, where a close-up look at this natural display is available in Taylor Creek and the Stream Profile Chamber. The Festival is a family event encouraging participation by children and their parents in a wide variety of educational and entertaining events.  Back this year will be the Salmon Feed, children’s activities, educational programs and booths, stream-side programs, a children’s run, 5k, 10k, and half-marathon trail runs.

October 7-8, 2017

10am – 4pm