The Tahoe Nature Chase
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Tahoe Nature Chase Participation Rules

  1. Participants must be registered on the Tahoe Nature Chase website ( Registration can occur anytime between January 1st, 2017 and December 31st, 2017 to participate.
  2. You must complete monthly challenges by the last day of the month. We are allowing a two day grace period after each month to submit each completed challenge.
  3. Participation in the Tahoe Nature Chase is free and open to anyone who wishes. However, to be eligible for the end of the year awards, leaderboard, member-only outings, and monthly prizes, one needs to be a member, in good standing, of the Tahoe Institute for Natural Science ( TINS staff may participate, but are not eligible to win prizes. For more information on prizes, please follow the "Prizes" button under the "About TNC" tab.
  4. Participants are required to log their data into the Tahoe Nature Chase website. Each participant will need to create an individual profile with sign-in name and a password to submit completed challenges.
  5. There are four nature-observation categories each month, containing three different challenges within that category. In addition, there is a bonus category containing one additional challenge. In total, one can complete a maximum of 13 challenges per month. The categories include Plants, Birds, Wildlife Grab Bag, and Earth Science. The three challenges within each category will be of varying difficulty. Easy challenge = 1 point, medium difficulty challenge = 2 points, and difficult = 3 points. Bonus challenges = 3 points. The maximum "score" one may achieve each month is 27 points.
  6. One must submit at least one observation during the month to qualify for a monthly prize drawing.
  7. For a few particularly challenging observations, we may request additional details or evidence for verification.
  8. Prizes for the top three places of the competition in each age category will be awarded in mid-January 2018. In the event of a tie, the participant who reached the highest tally first by submission will be awarded the prize. The two age categories are:
    1. 15 years and younger, as of January 1st, 2017
    2. 16 years and older
  9. Recording Rules
    1. Eligible challenged must be completed within the TNC boundaries (see "TNC Boundaries" under the "About TNC" tab for more information) between January 1st and December 31st, 2017.


By checking the following box, each registrant desires to participate in the Tahoe Nature Chase competition/event. Therefore, each registrant knowingly and voluntarily WAIVES, RELEASES, SAVES, HOLDS HARMLESS, and INDEMNIFIES the Tahoe Institute for Natural Science, a non-profit organization incorporated in the State of Nevada, their agents, volunteers, employees, shareholders, board members & officers, directors, attorneys and contractors, past, present and future, and their respective heirs, legal and personal representatives, successors and assigns (collectively, "Released Parties"), and all of their respective properties, assets and interests ("Released Property") from any and all claims, actions, causes of action, demands, rights, damages, costs, losses, liabilities, expenses, compensation, controversies, disputes, obligations, debts, dues and liens whatsoever, on account of, or in any way arising out of, any and all known or unknown, foreseen or unforeseen loss of life or personal injury, loss or damage to property, and the consequences thereof, directly or indirectly resulting from, incident to, in connection with, or arising out of, that registrant's participation in the Tahoe Nature Chase (collectively, "Claims").IT IS MY/OUR INTENTION THAT THIS RELEASE AND INDEMNITY AGREEMENT SHALL APPLY TO ALL OF THE CLAIMS WITHOUT LIMIT AND, TO THE FULLEST EXTENT ALLOWED BY LAW, REGARDLESS OF WHETHER FOUNDED, IN WHOLE OR IN PART, ON ANY NEGLIGENT ACT OR OMISSION OF ANY OF THE RELEASED PARTIES. The registrant's indemnity obligations, however, shall not apply to any Claims that are caused solely by the acts or omission of a person other than that registrant.

I have read the information provided to me pertaining to the Tahoe Nature Chase, including all terms, conditions involving eligibility, and participation, sponsored in whole or part by the Tahoe Institute for Natural Science, and I understand, consent to and agree to be bound by the conditions and provisions stated in those policies and that clause.

I have read and understand this Release and Indemnity Agreement, which contains the entire and final agreement relating to the subject matter hereof. Its terms shall be binding on me and on my heirs, legal representatives and assigns. Liability under this Release and Indemnity Agreement shall be joint and several. If any provisions of this Release and Indemnity Agreement is determined to be void, unenforceable, ineffective, or against public policy, that provision shall be disregarded and deemed removed from this Release and Indemnity Agreement. The terms of this Release and Indemnity Agreement are contractual and not mere recitals. THIS WAIVER AND SAVE HARMLESS AGREEMENT SHALL BE GOVERNED BY AND CONSTRUCTED UNDER THE LAWS OF THE STATE OF NEVADA. VENTURE FOR ENFORCEMENT OF THIS RELEASE AND INDEMNITY AGREEMENT SHALL BE IN WASHOE COUNTY, NEVADA.

PARENTAL CONSENT (to be completed by parent/guardian if participant is under 18 years of age)

By checking the following boxes, I hereby consent that my son/daughter participate in the Tahoe Nature Chase, a competition/event put on by the Tahoe Institute for Natural Science and I hereby execute the Tahoe Nature Chase Release and Indemnity Agreement on his/her behalf by checking the following box. I state that said minor is physically able to participate in said activity. I hereby agree to indemnify and hold the persons and entities mentioned above free and harmless from any loss, liability, damage, cost, or expense which they incur as a result of the death or injury or property damage that said minor may sustain while participating in said activity.

Parent/Guardian Name
I have read and agree to all rules associated with the Tahoe Nature Chase
I have read and agree to the Tahoe Nature Chase Release and Indemnity Agreement