Educational Programs

The Sparks Museum and Cultural Center shares resources to enrich students’ understanding of the world around them. We accomplish this through the following:

Museum Tours – guided tours of the Museum, the Train and the one room Glendale Schoolhouse are offered to school groups Free of Charge. Tours can be designed to fit specific curriculum needs or interests.

Tours may be booked Tuesdays through Saturdays from 9:00am until 3:00pm. Reservations are required. For school groups, at least one adult per six students is required.

To arrange, call (775) 355-1144.

Color Me Sparks In Class programs – Costumed volunteers travel to your school to teach children grade 1 to 5 about local history.  Using a special coloring book and artifacts from the Museum the program is designed to meet standard specifically for 3rd and 5th grade students.

Young Chautauqua Program – The Museum has partnered with Silver State Young Chautauqua to offer this free program enabling children to explore and enjoy the wonders of education, history and performance art.  Participants choose a historical character based on a theme, research that character, write and rehearse a script into a minimum five-minute performance, then bring the character alive for the public in full costume.

Western Heritage Festival – during this annual event the Museum educates the general public about the folk life traditions, music and food of Nevada.

Special Programs – As part of our commitment to education the Museum has also partnered with the Challenger Learning Center of Northern Nevada in order to bring unique programs to the public that integrate science with the humanities.

Changing Gallery features unique displays focusing on the arts, sciences, history, and the rich diversity of the region and its people.

 A variety of educational programs foradults and families are offered throughout the year.