Taylor Creek Visitor Center

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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.

2016 Lake of the Sky Amphitheater Programs:

Evening with Mark Twain

MacAvoy Layne brings this iconic American to life as he shares stories of his times in Tahoe.

July 1 @ 7:00 pm

Best Lake Tahoe Hikes

Join author Tracey Salcedo of the Best Lake Tahoe Hikes, as she gives you a virtual tour the best hiking in the Tahoe area.

July 8 @ 8:30 pm

Winged Flight at Night

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

July 15 @ 8:30 pm

Astronomy at Taylor Creek

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

July 22 @ 8:30 pm

Beavers of Taylor Creek

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

July 29 @ 8:30 pm

Tahoe Wildflower Big Year

Tahoe Institute of Natural Sciences shares their knowledge of Tahoe wildflowers and the excitement of the Wildflower Tahoe Big Year.

August 5 @ 8:00 pm

Evening with Stephen Mather

Steve Hale portrays the legendary man who made the National Parks what they are today.

August 12 @ 7:00 pm

Wildlife of the Tahoe Basin

Enjoy an educational and exciting look at Sierra Nevada’s wildlife with Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care.

August 19 @ 8:00 pm

Winged Flight at Night

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

August 26 @ 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

Wednesday 10am
Kids 6 to 12 years old


Kids in the Creek

Caddisflies, tadpoles, water boatmen, small fish, big fish, frogs, squiggly worms, water plants, and maybe even a small snake; kids 6 to 12 years old can join a ranger to connect with these creatures.  Bring sturdy water shoes.

July & August

Monday 10am
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


Native Species Festival

Come learn our stories and that of our feathered and furry friends as well as information on native species plants.

June 11,  2016


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 a presentation by Master Falconer Marie Gaspari Crawford that includes live birds of prey.

June 12, 2016


Fall Fish Fest

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 1-2, 2016

10am – 4pm