Reno city Overview

Association of Pacific Coast Geographers (APGC) Annual Meeting

Meeting theme: Geography of Things

The Department of Geography at the University of Nevada, Reno, is pleased to host the 81st Annual Meeting of the Association of Pacific Coast Geographers, October 24-27, 2018. Located at the base of the Sierra Nevada's eastern slopes, the Reno area abounds in recreational opportunities. Lake Tahoe, a short 45 minute drive to the west, provides world renowned scenic beauty. Virginia City, 30 minutes to the east, takes visitors back to the old west and presents a look at a historic mining city. Beyond the casinos, The Biggest Little City of Reno offers visitors the best of a small but thriving city - the art district, off-broadway shows, the river walk and abundant restaurants representing a variety of chefs.

APCG 2018 annual conference is open to anyone interested in a scholarly forum where collegiality and friendship abound. Join us this year to explore the "Geography of Things". Our featured Wednesday night Keynote Speaker will focus on how location plays a large part in understanding the world around us. Department faculty members have planned five field trips for Thursday to help you explore the greater Reno area. Thursday evening's annual social event is at the Mackay Mines Museum located on the University of Nevada Campus.

Formal paper sessions will be held on Friday the 26th and Saturday the 27th. We encourage your participation and remind everyone that the APCG conference is a friendly venue for presentations lead by graduate and undergraduate students. There will be 9 student awards at this year's meeting, with cash awards for undegraduates through graduate students. More information on student awards is available here. The Saturday night Awards Banquet and Presidential Address will be held on campus at the conference venue. Other chances to network and socialize include the Conference Barbeque on Friday night, Women's Network Luncheon on Saturday, and Graduate Student Networking Luncheon. We encourage guests to stay in one of the many hotels within walking distance of campus. Accommodations include casino and non-casino hotels in the area with restaurants and other activities located throughout downtown.

Scott Bassett and Jill Heaton (Conference Coordinators)

APCG Conference Information

 Registration for APCG 2018 is now open. You will be redirected to the APCG registration link at WildApricot.org. Early registration ends Sept 4, 2018,  and late registration begins Oct 6, 2018

Register Now - NON APCG MEMBERS       Register Now - APCG MEMBERS

Registration prices are:

  • Regular APCG Member - Early $110, Regular $125.00, Late $145Student APCG Member - Early $40, Late $50.00
  • Student APCG Member - Early $40.00, Regular $50, Late $55

Day passes are also available!

  • Day Pass, Friday - $60.0 - For Friday, October 26, only.
  • Day Pass, Saturday - $60.00 - For Saturday, October 27, only.

The Conference Barbeque will be priced at 
$20 for Members and $15 for Students

The Awards Banquet will be $40 for Members, and $20 Students.

Field trip prices will be posted at a later date.

Whitney Peak Hotel

Whitney Peak Hotel is Reno's only non-smoking, non-gaming, independent hotel. The hotel is adjacent to the famous Reno Arch and Two blocks from the Truckee River Walk. Whitney Peak Hotel features 310 guest rooms, a climbing gym, restaurant, and live music venue.

Conference attendees will receive 20% off any room type using code APCGUNR.

Use the following link to view and book a room at the discounted rate:

Association of Pacific Coast Geographers Booking Link - Whitney Peak Hotel

Price Range:$119 - 280
Address: 255 N Virginia St, Reno, NV 89501
Phone: (775)398-5400
Website: www.whitneypeakhotel.com

Silver Legacy Resort Casino

With over 1700 renovated rooms, the silver legacy offers sleek, business friendly amenities. There are 5 unique, award winning restaurants onsite and its central location makes it easy to explore everything Reno has to offer.

Room Rates: $74 - 185
Address: 411 N Sierra St, Reno, NV 89503
Phone: (775)329-4777
Website: www.silverlegacyreno.com

El Dorado Resort Casino

The El Dorado Resort Casino has something for everyone. Accomodations range from well appointed budget friendly rooms to luxurious spa suites. There are 9 restaurants and a brewery onsite to accompany one of the larger casino gaming floors coming in at 81,000 square feet.

Room Rates: $60 - 167
Address: 345 N Virginia St, Reno, NV 89501
Phone: (775) 786-5700
Website: www.eldoradoreno.com

Circus Circus

Circus Circus is unique in that it appeals to both adults and children. Along with a standard casino gaming floor with dining and drinks, there is an arcade for kids to play various age-appropriate games for prizes. There are also free daily circus acts to entertain the whole family.

Room Rates: $64 - 156
Address: 500 N Sierra St, Reno, NV 89503
Phone: (775)329-0711
Website: www.circusreno.com

Emerging Transportation Technologies and Services in Reno

This half-day field trip will introduce participants to some of the emerging transportation technologies and services currently being developed in the greater Reno area. On this tour, we will first visit an on-campus research facility that is actively working on developing connected and automated vehicles for use in our community. This will include interactions with and demonstrations of vehicles, sensors, and instrumentation. We will then visit some locations around campus and downtown Reno where emerging transportation technologies and services are being integrated into the community, or actively being considered, such as dockless bike sharing and a bus rapid transit system. Throughout, we'll talk about how these are changing the ways people move around our growing community and the wide range of implications inherent in these transitions.

Cost: Free

Duration: 3 hours

Capacity: 25 Participants

The Truckee River - from Reno to Pyramid Lake

The Truckee River links Lake Tahoe with Pyramid Lake, providing water to the Reno/Sparks metropolitan area, the Pyramid Lake Paiute Reservation, and farmers while also creating critical habitat for endangered fish such as the Pyramid Lake Cutthroat Trout and Cui-ui. This field trip will explore both modern issues of water management as well as the paleoecology of this dynamic system, which during the ice ages held pluvial Lake Lahontan. The field trip will begin in Reno and follow the Truckee River downstream to Pyramid Lake. The following stops are anticipated: McCarran Ranch Preserve, a section of the river recently restored by the Nature Conservancy; Derby Dam, site of water diversions for the first reclamation project under the National Reclamation Act of 1902 - the Newlands Project, which supports farms in Fallon; Marble Bluff overlook, where we get an overview of Pyramid Lake and remnant evidence of Lake Lahontan; Winnemucca Dry Lake, a dry basin created following the Derby Dam diversion, and, (pending permission), the Winnemucca petroglyphs which are the oldest known petroglyphs in North America, dating to between 11.1 and 14.8 ka; and Indian Head Rock, a site with well-preserved tufa towers, remnant features from pluvial Lake Lahontan. This field trip will be led by professors Kate Berry and Scott Mensing of the UNR Department of Geography.

Cost: $30 including box lunch

Duration: 6 hours

Capacity: 27 Participants

Geographies of Downtown Reno

Central Reno has been a site of ongoing transformation since the city's founding in 1868. Driven by a desire to rehabilitate the city's image, some have heralded Reno's scenic riverfront as its "new downtown," hoping to shift attention away from its problematic casino core, just blocks away. Led by award-winning historian and author Alicia Barber, this lively two-hour walking tour will traverse these interlocking geographies of downtown Reno, tracing its development from a modest railroad junction to a gambling, divorce, and tourist mecca to a rapidly diversifying urban landscape ripe for revitalization.

Cost: $10

Duration: 1.5 hours

Capacity: 30 participants

Tour of Mynt Cannabis Grow Facility

Nevada was the fifth state in the United States to legalize recreational cannabis and experienced the fastest implementation of legal adult sales to date, starting just seven months after voters approved the measure. This was largely due to Nevada's exemplary operation of its medical cannabis system which provided a proven framework for operationalizing recreational cannabis. This two hour field trip will provide an inside look at the Nevada cannabis industry through a tour of the Mynt Cannabis grow facility located in Sparks. Explore the phenological differences between cannabis strains originating from varied geographies and observe several key steps in this tightly regulated industry that tracks each plant from seed to sale. The tour will provide a view into how cannabis is grown, processed, packaged, and distributed in Nevada.

Cost: Free

Time and Duration: 2 Hours

Capacity: 10 participants