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Housing and Travel

Orchid.Events is the official housing provider for the 2018 Area Conference on Science Education — October 11–13, 2018, Reno, NV.

Book Accommodations

Please make sure to book your hotel through Orchid.Events only. If any issues come up with a third party, NSTA will not be able to assist you. Please review our Housing Warning for more details.

Beware of companies misrepresenting themselves as affiliated with NSTA or the Area Conference on Science Education — Reno, NV. Questions on using the online reservation system? Please call 877-352-6710 (toll free). This number is available Monday through Friday between 9:00 AM and 8:00 PM Eastern Time.


Hotel Reservations

Make your hotel reservations now and save! NSTA has negotiated special discounted room rates with two hotels near the Reno-Sparks Convention Center. Click here for hotel map of Reno.






Atlantis Casino Resort Spa-Reno*





Peppermill Resort Spa Casino





                                                                               *Headquarters hotel

You must make your reservation through the Orchid.Events to receive these discounts. You may make your reservation by internet, phone, or mail.

The preferred method for making reservations via credit card is online. Reservations with payment by check must be mailed.

Click to:

  • Make your hotel reservation now using our online reservation option. Using this system, you can make real-time reservations through our secure housing website. Orchid.Events is the ONLY NSTA-designated housing provider for this event. Beware of companies misrepresenting themselves as affiliated with NSTA or the Reno conference.
  • Click the link below to access a printed Reno housing form: 

Housing Reservation Form

Important Booking Information

Do make sure to make your reservation through Passkey to get the special conference hotel rates. Making reservations through the hotel directly, or through a central hotel reservation number, will not guarantee that you receive the NSTA-discounted rates.

Do make your hotel reservation as soon as possible. Reservations are made on a first-come, first-served basis. For best availability, make your reservation online.

Do not fax your Housing Request Form to NSTA. In particular, some people have sent a Housing Request Form along with their conference registration. This will delay the processing of your hotel reservation.

The hotel does not accept Purchase Orders for deposits or payment of hotel rooms.

If it is necessary that you cancel your reservation, do so as soon as possible to avoid penalty.


Shuttle service between the Peppermill Resort Spa Casino (outside the main hotel entrance) and the Reno-Sparks Convention Center will be provided courtesy of the Peppermill, as follows:

  • Wed., Oct. 10:  4:30–7:30 PM

  • Thur., Oct. 11:  6:30–9:30 AM/ 3:30–6:30 PM

  • Fri., Oct. 12:     6:30–9:30 AM/ 2:00–5:00 PM

  • Sat., Oct. 13:   7:00 AM–1:00 PM

Transportation Discounts

NSTA has made arrangements with several major airlines to offer discounted fares to Reno area conference attendees. Go online or call NSTA-designated airlines toll free and use the following NSTA codes to receive discounts off even the lowest promotional fares. Please note that each airline has different booking policies. The discounts below apply for travel between October 8 and 16 (Reno, Nevada).


  • Delta—Up to 5% off applicable classes of service for tickets purchased prior to the conference. Choose your flight arrival/departure dates and access NSTA discounts by clicking on Advanced Search” on www.delta.com/meetings and inserting NMR3M in the Meeting Event Code box. Or, call Delta at 800-328-1111 for reservations ($25 fee per ticket). You may also book your reservations online through ATC Travel Management or by calling 800-458-9383. Service fees apply to ticketed reservations.
  • United Airlines—Receive discounts by booking online via united.com using Z CODE: ZEEF and Agreement Code 385596 or by calling the United Reservations Meetings Desk at 800-426-1122 and providing the Z Code and Agreement Code.
  •  Amtrak—10% discount off the best available rail fare to Reno, Nevada from Oct. 8 to Oct. 16, 2018. To book your reservation, call Amtrak at 800-872-7245 or your local travel agent. Please note that conference travel cannot be booked online. Please be sure to refer to Convention Fare Code X10I-999 when making your reservation. This offer is not valid on the Auto Train and Acela Service. Fare is valid on Amtrak Regional for all departures seven days a week, except for holiday blackouts. Offer valid with Sleepers, Business Class, or First Class seats with payment of the full applicable accommodation charges.
Rental Cars
  • Alamo Car Rentals—Receive discounts by booking online at www.alamo.com and providing the Discount Code number CD#LEADERS or calling Alamo at 844-354-6962 and providing the Discount Code number.
  • Hertz Car Rentals—Receive discounts by booking online at www.hertz.com and providing the Discount Code number #1170024 or calling Alamo at 800-654-3131 and providing the Discount Code number.

Ground Transportation to/from Airport

The airport is within a 10-minute ride of all the major hotels in the area. The airport is proud to offer a variety of convenient travel options including taxis, limousines, and rideshare.

NSTA’s designated conference hotels; Atlantis Resort and Peppermill Resort provide complimentary shuttle service to/from the Reno-Tahoe International Airport, shuttles are located on the lower level at baggage claim.


Uber and Lyft, Transportation Network Companies, may drop-off and pick-up passengers at Reno-Tahoe International Airport. Passengers may be dropped-off anywhere along the front curb of the terminal building. Pick-up is allowed in the ground transportation area located north of baggage claim. Follow signs outside of the D Doors, at the far north end of baggage claim, and look for the rideshare shelter where customers may safety wait for pick-up by Uber or Lyft drivers.


Taxi service is located on the lower level at baggage claim. Average taxi fare to/from the Reno-Tahoe International Airport is $15, from hotels to downtown fares are approximately $10–$15 (including 15% tip).


Getting Around Town

You’ll find that the Atlantis Resort and the Peppermill Resort hotels, attractions, restaurants, and nightlife are located within comfortable walking distance of each other. If you prefer not to walk, the RTC–Regional Transportation Commission Washoe County Nevada operates local bus routes. Call RTC Customer Service at 775-348-RIDE (348-7433) to locate the bus stop location nearest you. Customer Service Associates are available 7:00 AM to 6:00 PM, Monday–Friday; and 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Saturday; with no service/closed, Sunday and holidays. Click here for more information.


Need to get to Lake Tahoe but don’t have a car? No problem! The Airport Mini Bus counter can be found inside the A and B Doors located west of baggage claim. North Lake Tahoe Express is near Door C and South Tahoe Airporter is located adjacent to Door D in baggage claim. Click here for a list of companies.



Reno-Sparks Convention Center has 1,900 parking spaces; A and B Lots are the closest to the NSTA meeting space at the Convention Center. Parking is $10 per day. The Atlantis and Peppermill both offer complimentary parking and complimentary valet parking.

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