Discover Your Nevada

Essay deadline: received no later than 5pm, April 14, 2017

Essays must be sent via email or USPS to be received no later than 5 p.m., April 14, 2017 

Nevada Department of Education
Attn: Kelly Nicolls
700 East Fifth St
Carson City, NV 89701

Or email to the address below


For questions regarding this program, please contact Bethany Drysdale


The Nevada Department of Education and the Nevada Division of Tourism have teamed up on an annual promotion called “Discover Your Nevada.” This promotion offers an “ultimate Nevada field trip” to a Nevada student while simultaneously promoting travel within the Silver State.

We ask you to participate in the 2016/17 Discover Your Nevada program by encouraging your eighth-grade students to enter an essay contest, the winner of which will be taken on a field trip in Nevada to learn firsthand about the Silver State.

The essay contest will run through April 14, 2017, and is offered to all eighth-grade students in Nevada. Essays must be at least one full page, single-typed, long, and must reflect on a memorable travel experience within the state of Nevada or explore a desired trip in Nevada.

Essays will be judged by a panel assembled by the Department of Education, and a winner will be selected on May 1, 2017. That student will then be invited to travel with his or her parent, teacher, and a friend, along with a representative from the Nevada Division of Tourism, on a three-day field trip in Nevada. Two sample itineraries are provided, and are subject to change due to weather, student availability, or other unforeseen factors.

Information about the program can be found at

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