The Tahoe Nature Chase
Tahoe Nature Chase Recommended Gear

Your Tahoe Nature chase experience will be more enjoyable if you are well prepared with the right equipment. We would like to provide a few recommendations to keep your time outside as exciting and comfortable as possible.

Because the mountain weather can change rather quickly, we ask that you bring layers during all times of the year. Our gear sponsors sell excellent equipment to get you through all of the elements, including rain, snow, sun, and varying temperatures. Be sure to wear sturdy footwear and bring a backpack with a full water bottle. It is always best to bring a headlamp and map, just in case your outing goes a bit long.

Books/Field Guides:
The following field guide list includes what TINS' staff typically uses for different nature topics around the basin:
Birds - Sibley Birds West: Field Guide to Birds of Western North America
Butterflies - Kaufman's Field Guide to Butterflies of North America
Mammals - Kaufman's Field Guide to Mammals of North America
Plants/Vegetation- Michael Graf's Plants of the Tahoe Basin: Flowering Plants, Trees, and Ferns
Beginner Field Guide (All topics) - John Muir Laws' Guide to the Sierra Nevada

Other Gear:
Don't forget a notebook and at least two writing implements. A notebook is great for jotting down species lists, making notes, sketching the field marks, drawing a map of the location where you discovered a challenge, or simply reminding yourself of what the monthly challenges are.

There is an option upload your photos onto the Tahoe Nature Chase sight. TINS would like to encourage you to use a camera to document your sightings and challenge discoveries. That way we can see what you have found!