If you run a quick Google search it won’t be hard to discover that Truckee’s town and businesses have earned an impressive list of awards and accolades over the years, but if you look closely, you’ll see Tahoe Forest Health System is one of the main contributors to those awards. This year, Tahoe Forest Health System won a new award, one that they are especially proud to add to their list. Reno-Tahoe’s annual recognition of the region named Tahoe Forest Health System the ‘Best Place to Work’ in 2019. The hospital is well-known for their state-of-the-art cancer center, 5-star patient ratings, excellence and innovation in quality, and now with the addition of the best place to work, Tahoe Forest Health System truly encapsulates Truckee’s goal of setting the highest of standards for all who live, work and play here.
However, outside of the main hospital there are even more interesting health and wellness facts. When browsing Truckee’s events and activities calendar, you’ll be hard-pressed not to find a health and wellness event happening almost every day of the week and year-round. From yoga classes to meditation groups to farmers markets to community hikes and races for a cause, it’s clear Truckee is a thriving community built on connecting through outdoor recreation.
This same health and wellness theme threads into Truckee’s schools as well. The newest kid on the block, Tahoe Expedition Academy, was founded on the principle that teaching academics through adventure leads to a positive difference in students’ lives and their communities. Students and teachers travel, enculturate and complete service-learning projects. At Sierra Expeditionary Learning School students are likely to be found outside of the classroom conducting fieldwork related to core subjects, be it sun, rain or snow.
Tahoe Truckee Unified School District (TTUSD) boasts award-winning schools and strong community support, evidenced by the recent bond passed to improve facilities and Measure A, that continues additional funding to the schools for the arts, physical education, science, technology and more. Truckee High School is modest in promoting the fact that it provides the nationally recognized ‘Project Lead the Way,’ a bio-medical science and human body systems program that students receive both high school and college credit for. In fact, Truckee High students are able to receive dual high school and college credit for a wide range of classes at a very low cost, due to Truckee High’s partnership with Sierra College.
The academic and extracurricular support doesn’t end when school gets out. Truckee is also home to numerous resources for both student and family support. Recently, the Family Resource Center, Tahoe SAFE Alliance and Project MANA united to form the Sierra Community House, a collaborative and strengthened resource to help community members with food education, legal services, childcare and other valuable services. This is in addition to Truckee’s new Boys and Girls Club, the local favorite KidZone Museum, the very popular skate park, family favorite bike park and the Truckee Community Recreation Center – with a beautiful new aquatics center – all serving Truckee families with safe, fun and educational opportunities all year-long.
Not only are these events, activities, schools and resources offered, but Truckee residents are tremendously active and involved with them all. Locals fiercely protect and value their community so much that event and volunteer participation is off the charts, while crime is well below the national average; nearly nonexistent. This is further proof that Truckee is a community of connected and thriving individuals all striving to live the “Base Camp for a Big Life” values on a daily basis.