Upcoming Events

February 1 - 28
Beat the Winter Blues Photo Contest

Recent Donations Thank you!!!

Southwest Gas Corporation - 2007 Chevy Trailblazer

8th Annual Dutch Oven Cook-Off Fundraiser Revenue - $7,952

Elko Community Investment Program - $15,000

Nevada Muleys - $7,500

Newmont Legacy Fund - $36,700

Nevada Commission on Off-Highway Vehicles - $10,000

Southwest Gas Fuel for Life - $6,586

Barrick Gold - $15,000

Community Foundation of Western Nevada - High School Giving Circle - $2,000

Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation (RMEF) - $1,500

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NOS Staff

Melanie Erquiaga

Executive Director

Melanie was born in Los Alamos, New Mexico and moved with her family to Idaho where she spent most of her childhood growing up on the family farm; she is the youngest of five children. She moved to Winnemucca in 1983 and spent all four high school years at Lowry High School. She moved to Boise, Idaho after graduation where she attended ITT Technical Institute and graduated with an Automation Secretarial Diploma. She worked for a while in the Boise area and moved back to Winnemucca to marry and raise a family. She has been married for 24 years to a man who is a Winnemucca native; they have two children together - both boys. She enjoys spending time in the great outdoors with her family, whether is in rural Nevada or beyond. Her favorite vacations are spent camping and white water rafting. She has spent time rafting the Salmon, Snake, Green and Rouge rivers here in the Northwest. She also enjoys reading and cooking. She is excited to be part of NOS and continuing to work and live in this great rural Nevada community

Jessica Snaman

Associate Director

Jessica was born in Kansas, but grew up on the east coast right outside of Washington, DC.  Her love for the mountains took her to Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina where she majored in Elementary Education.  Jessie first came to the amazing state of Nevada as an AmeriCorps Naturalist in 2009.  After her year of service, she moved back east and taught fifth grade.  However, the beauty, adventurous spirit and vastness of the west soon brought her back.  She is excited to be with NOS again and is looking forward to new adventures.   

Zulma Mayorga

AmeriCorps Program Director

Zulma was worn in Colima, Mexico but has lived most of her life in Winnemucca. She is married and has two wonderful girls. She enjoys hiking, and cooking with her family. Loves to travel and explore, Lake Tahoe being one of her favorite places to go a few time of year. Her love for community service and adventure brought her to Nevada Outdoors School. She is passionate in strengthening non-profit organizations through the AmeriCorps program and their committed AmeriCorps members in Northern Nevada and Las Vegas.

Rebecca Gray

Director of Finance

Rebecca was born in Roseburg Oregon, but grew up and worked alongside her mom, dad, and 3 other siblings on Cattle and Hay ranches in the small  towns of Cedarville California, Paisley Oregon, and Prineville Oregon, before moving back to Roseburg Oregon where she graduated from high school.  Rebecca moved to Winnemucca in 1995, where she worked for Newmont in production.  She enjoys rodeo and currently volunteers her time as Vice President of the Miss Winnemucca High Desert Queen Association. Rebecca has 2 beautiful children and enjoys every minute of motherhood.  She loves the outdoors, where she and her family spend a lot of time hunting, fishing for brook trout, riding horses and exploring new areas. Fishing for Salmon, and crabbing on the Oregon Coast with family is also high on her list of favorites!  Riding her 3 horses gives her so much peace and  joy, and she feels inspired and blessed to live in a place as expansive and wild as Nevada where she can enjoy the wide open spaces with the beautiful, rugged mountains ranges as well.  Rebecca is very enthusiastic about being a part of the NOS family, and loves her job as Director of Finance for Nevada Outdoor School. 

Katy Contreras

Education Coordinator

Katy grew up in the mountains of western Wyoming hiking, camping, fishing, hunting and all around loving the great outdoors. Her family moved to northern Nevada when she was about to begin the 7th grade and she has since referred to Nevada as her home state. Katy moved away in 2002 to attend Southern Oregon University and adventure throughout the Pacific Northwest. Missing the raw beauty and wide open spaces of Nevada, she moved home in 2010 to work for the gold mining corporations as an environmental engineer. Although she loved her co-workers and the mining community, she felt unfulfilled. Katy’s husband Juan encouraged her to follow her heart. Katy did just that and she has since coached track at Lowry High School and taught Kindergarten at Sonoma Heights Elementary School. Having always wanted to couple her love of the outdoors with education, she just could not pass up the opportunity to work for Nevada Outdoor School. As the education coordinator Katy is extremely excited to connect local kids with the amazing outdoor areas we have in Northern Nevada and build them into future leaders and stewards of our community.

Jessica Larsen
Jessica Larsen

Elko Education Coordinator

Jess Larsen was born in Tuolumne County, California, "Home of the Mother Lode"! She was introduced to the outdoors by her nature loving Grandparents and Mom. Together they traveled the Western United States stopping at every State and National Park in their path earning Jr. Ranger badges at every stop. Her all time favorite National Park is, and will always be, Yosemite. Go Climb A Rock! Jess finished high school in Las Vegas, Nevada and then went on to college at Northern Arizona University and later at the University of Southern Mississippi. After a few years working in Human Resources and Talent Development she decided to move back to Nevada and pursue her love of outdoor education. She currently resides in Spring Creek, Nevada and enjoys a vast variety of outdoor recreational activities such as; hunting, trout and bass fishing, riding horses, outdoor photography and hiking. She is looking forward to cultivating children's love of nature, backpacking and completing the Ruby Crest Trail.

Leah Stolworthy

Outdoor Ethics Coordinator

Leah was born in Seattle, WA but grew up in Red Rock, about 20 miles north of Reno, NV, with her mom and older brother. She spent most of her summers working on a ranch, conditioning and caring for horses. She spent almost three years as a hair stylist at the Atlantis Casino Resort Spa in Reno before deciding to go back to school. She's currently working towards a major in Wildlife Biology with a minor in Criminal Justice. She started volunteering for the Nevada Department of Wildlife in December of 2015, which lead her to new adventure as an AmeriCorps member working with NOS. She lives with her boyfriend in Winnemucca and together they enjoy hiking, fishing, hunting, camping, traveling, riding dirt bikes, and much, much more!  

Kathryn Fithian

AmeriCorps Naturalist

Katie grew up in a small town in the foothills of Colorado. She spent most of her childhood hiking and exploring the outdoors with her friends and family. Katie studied at Colorado State University, but ultimately pursued a career as a hairstylist. After spending several years working in the beauty industry in Denver, Katie and her husband relocated to Winnemucca, NV. After a year in Nevada, Katie felt she could provide the community with a more meaningful service. In August of 2016, Katie sought out the AmeriCorps Naturalist position at the Nevada Outdoor School and has so far, enjoyed the opportunity to connect with the community and share her love and appreciation of the outdoors. In her free time, Katie enjoys exploring the vast wilderness of Nevada with her husband Matt and their two dogs.