Exhibits Case Studies

Nevada Discovery Museum

490 S Center Street
Reno, NV 89501

775.786.1000 (p)
775.786.1114 (f)
Tica Lubin (contact)
exhibits@nvdm.org (e)


Water Works

Project Size: 800 sq. ft.
Project Budget:  ~$400,000
Expected Opening Date: 2011

Exhibit/Project Description:
Water Works is a massive, science-infused exhibit that sits at the heart of the museum and explores Lake Tahoe, the eastward flowing Truckee River and the connection to Pyramid Lake. It exposes children to the concept and necessity of conserving natural resources, especially in a state that is primarily desert terrain.  Through water play and exploration, children learn about water as an essential ingredient in all life as well as solve society’s challenges unraveling the issues of drought, irrigation, recycling, and resource management.  All of these varied hands-on experiences encourage appreciation of our state’s natural resources and increase their propensity toward conservation stewardship at a young age.

Specifically, children will learn about the flow of water from the high-mountain watershed of Tahoe and follow its path through a hydroelectric plant, diversions for irrigation ditches, past downtown Reno and on to Fallon and Pyramid Lake.  The water table is adjustable, encouraging children to see that the amount of water available for use changes each season and year.

Factors Affecting Decision to "Go Green":
Nothern Nevada is a place rich in natural alternative energy.  With abundant sunlight, geothermal vents, rivers and regular winds we are able to produce alternative energy from 28 renewable resource sites.  We are the number one state in geothermal watts per person, the state boasts the largest solar-photovoltaic project in the country, we gather hydroelectric power from the Truckee River and are in the process of developing wind power in the states northeastern mountains.  Green building practices incorporate this energy into designs along with new choices in building materials.  Our children are our future and need to be educated on alternative energies and materials in order to be responsible stewards of the environment.

Distinguishing green features:

  • Geothermal Energy
  • Wind Power
  • Solar Energy
  • Human Generated Energy
  • LED and Compact Florescent Lights
  • Alternative Insulation
  • Eco Friendly Paints
  • Eco Friendly Building Materials