Field Trips

Field Trip 1: Lake Tahoe Geology

  • Sunday, August 28, 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Explore the unique geology of Lake Tahoe! Stops will include the Lake Tahoe Dam, Fanny Bridge, Commons Beach and Eagle Rock - to name a few!

Separate registration is required. Cost is $225 per person and includes transportation and meals. 

Field Trip 2: Ormat Steamboat Hills - SOLD OUT!!

  • Saturday, August 27, 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM  

Ormat’s Steamboat Geothermal Power Plant Complex, located just south of the city of Reno, currently produces enough renewable energy to meet the residential electrical needs of the city of Reno.

Located in Washoe County, Nevada, Steamboat consists of six power plants with a combined generating capacity of 79 MW; Steamboat 2/3, Burdette (Galena 1), Steamboat Hills Repower, Galena 2, and Galena 3 . Following the 2020 Steamboat Hills Repower, all of the projects in the Steamboat complex utilize a binary system.

The electricity generated by the complex is sold to NV Energy and Southern California Public Power Authority under separate long-term power purchase agreements.

The tour will highlight the unique geology associated with the Steamboat surface manifestations and reservoir as well the Steamboat geothermal power plant complex. This will include the state-of-the-art Steamboat Hills Repower between-bearings turbine. Knowledgeable field trip guides will provide expert commentary during the trip.

Separate registration required. Cost is $50 per person. Limited space available. 

9:00 AM - 9:15 AM Load transportation/depart Peppermill 
9:30 AM - 9:45 AM Arrive @ Steamboat Hills 
9:45 AM - 12:00 PM  Steamboat Hills Tour
12:00 PM - 12:15 PM Load transportation/depart Steamboat
12:30 PM  Arrive @ Peppermill 

Field Trip 3: Peppermill Resort Direct Use Tour - SOLD OUT!! 

  • Sunday, August 28, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  • Monday, August 29, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  • Tuesday, August 30, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM 

Located at the north end of the Moana Hot Springs thermal anomaly, the Peppermill’s pools, hot tubs, domestic water for showers and mechanical systems, generate all of their heating energy from their geothermal operation 24 hours a day seven days a week. In addition to pumping the naturally heated water from the ground, the resort has also installed a reinjection well that returns the geothermal fluids back underground, to be reheated by the volcanic energy after it has heated the property. The tour will highlight the geothermal wells and engineering facilities. Our knowledgeable guides will provide an interpretive commentary during the trip, and you won’t even need to leave the hotel!

Although the tour is complimentary, pre-registration is required. Limited space available.