Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation: Enhancing quality of life

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RENO, Nev. (KOLO) - December 27:

Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation was started just five years ago with the goal of enhancing the quality of life for Truckee Meadows residents by ensuring sustainability and improvement of our parks.

The current Reno and Washoe budgets for parks are half of what they were before last decade's recession, and haven't recovered. The foundation hopes to bridge that gap with private fundraising for infrastructure, advocating for budgets to increase, and providing education for children using the parks, so kids can appreciate them.

One of the educational programs is the "Student Stewards Program." TMPF Naturalist Educator Devon Woodward says it's a three-day science class for Washoe County students, and uses area parks as laboratories.

"Topics can range from arthropods, insects and we're currently planning plant and water modules."

There are many ways you can help Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation with its goals. You can sign up for the Truckee Meadows Trails Challenge, you can donate financially, or volunteer.

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