April 16, 2017
ACA Leadership Conference
This past week our education programming team was down in Palm Springs for the 2017 American Camping Association (ACA) Leadership Conference! 

The conference theme was Safari Chic and the NOS team showed up ready to wow in their attire. More importantly we showed up with open minds and hearts and were all able to attend various educational sessions that interested us or were out of our comfort zones. The sessions ranged from new activities to try at your camp to managing millennial staff. When not in sessions, the team was able to connect with other camps and learn about their organizations, successes and struggles.

April 1, 2017
Water Canyon Hike

On Saturday April 1st, NOS AmeriCorps member Katie Fithian led a group of 5 hikers on the Interpretive Trail in Water Canyon. It was a Beautiful sunny day for a hike and the trail had finally dried out after all of the precipitation the area had received in the previous weeks. At the Overlook, the group stopped to take in the magnificent views and learn a little bit about the Water Canyon area before heading back down the trail. After the hike, the group shared their plans for spring break over some hot tea and Cocoa.

March 25, 2017
Winnemucca LNT Trainer Course
This week, NOS's education programming team participated in a Leave No Trace Trainer Course in Winnemucca.  Our staff and AmeriCorps learned about the history, mission and principles of LNT and had the opportunity to practice teaching a variety of LNT games, activities and lessons.  Our NOS team is now trained, ready and motivated to spread and share the message of responsible recreation with others during our spring and summer programs including community hikes, Road Shows, classroom lessons, field trips and summer camps!

March 23, 2017
Trout Release
 NOS once again helped run stations at the annual 5th grade Water Canyon Trout Release field trip in partnership with NDOW.  During the day, students rotated around a variety of stations including Nevada Outdoor School's two covering erosion and Leave No Trace.  At the Erosion station, students actively became water and vegetation on a hillside to investigate how vegetation and erosion are related.  At the Leave No Trace station, students visited "Camp Oh-No" and evaluated what make a good camp like respecting wildlife, disposing of waste properly and camping on durable surfaces.  
March 20, 2017
Reno Motorsports Expo
 NOS AmeriCorps Members Katie Fithian, Brody Goucher, and Irma Mendoza Traveled to Reno in order to Participate in the Reno Motorsports Expo over St.Patrick’s Day Weekend. The 3 day long Expo takes place at the Reno Convention Center, and draws a variety of outdoor enthusiasts. NOS AmeriCorps members spent their time at this even spreading awareness about responsible outdoor recreation, and Tread lightly! through various hands on and engaging Tread lightly! games. Tread lightly! Is an organization that promotes responsible outdoor recreation through education, ethics, and stewardship, and all of our AmeriCorps members are certified Tread lightly! trainers. The Reno Motorsports Expo was an incredibly successful event for us this year. Our AmeriCorps members talked to Over 575 people about responsible recreation, and we are excited to see all of them do their part, to help ensure that our public lands continue to have access for all types of outdoor recreation.
March 13, 2017
Cabela's Spring Great Outdoors Day Road Show
March 10, 2017
Winnemucca Tread Lightly! Trainer Course
On Thursday, March 9th, NOS hosted an "in-house" Tread Lightly! Trainer Course for NOS programming staff and Naturalists as well as the new Nevada Tread Lightly! State Coordinator, Brian.  Overall it was a great day and participants left with a better understanding of Tread Lightly's history, mission and principles and how to share that message with others.  
 March 6, 2017
Elko Outdoor Sportsman's Expo
The 2nd Annual Elko Sportsman's Expo was held March 4 - 5, 2017 at the Elko Convention Center and Nevada Outdoor School (NOS) was chosen, along with Nevada Outdoorsmen in Wheelchairs (NOW), as the charity partners for the two day event. 
NOS was able to collect several items from local businesses to have on display for silent auction over the two days and we were able to raise $1,050 to be used towards outdoor education programming in Elko County.  The event saw about 1,200 folks walk through the doors and we were able to speak to over 350 individually about NOS programs including Elko Summer Camps, Outdoor Ethics and ATV Safety, the Buckskin/Table Mountain ATV loops and we also recruited cooks and tasters for the 9th Annual Buckaroo Dutch Oven Cook Off fundraiser in August.  
A special thank you to the Elko Daily Free Press and KRJC Radio for choosing NOS and NOW as the charity partners for the weekend and to Elko Coin and Currency, Picture This, Hayley's Fine Gifts and Antiques, Cedar Creek, JM Capriolas, Susan Summer Elliott, Ship's Cycle, Gun World and Archery, California Trail Interpretive Center, Ferguson Enterprises, Elko General Mercantile, Big 5 Sporting Goods, Carlin Trend, Tony Lesperance, Sportsman's Warehouse, Sage Hill Arms, Jim Dandy Productions, Wendover Fun, Jessie Snaman, and Taylor Canyon Resort for their generous donations!

March 4, 2017
Water Canyon Hike

On Saturday March 4th AmeriCorps Naturalist Katie Fithian Led a group of 11 hikers on the interpretative trail Hike in Water Canyon. The group consisted of a few families with hikers of all ages and abilities. It was a Sunny day but, there was also quite a bit of wind. The trail was a little muddy in some areas, but all of the hikers were able to make it up to the lookout safely! When the group reached the look out, they took a quick break to snap some photos of the beautiful views, and then headed back down the trail. After the group finished the hike, they enjoyed some hot tea and cocoa, and shared with each other some of the other actives that they enjoy in the local area.

March 1, 2017
Southern Nevada LNT Trainer Courses
The end of March, Elko Director of Programming,  Jackie Lucero and Outdoor Ethics Coordinator, Leah Stolworthy traveled down to southern Nevada to run two back-to-back LNT Trainer Courses at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area.  In total, 28 people attended these two courses and left with the knowledge and skills to spread the message of responsible recreation with others.

February 13, 2017
Hike to the Yurt
 On Saturday February 12th 2017 NOS Outdoor Ethics Program Coordinator, Leah Stolworthy and NOS AmeriCorps Naturalist, Katie Fithian led a group of 8 hikers, up to the Yurt in Water Canyon. Participating Hikers ranged in age and hiking experience, but all were looking forward to a great hike! It was a beautiful sunny day, with warm temperatures however, because of the beautiful weather, the trail was muddy, and the stream crossings were high. The group powered through the adverse trail conditions, careful to not widen the trail as they continued. After about an Hour and a half of hiking, the group made it to the yurt! The group rested and Enjoyed soaking up some sun on the Yurt deck, before heading back down the trail. When the group finished the hike, they rewarded themselves with some hot tea and cocoa, and chatted with the new friends by the fire. If you have never been to the yurt up Water Canyon, we highly recommend you check it out!
February 6, 2017
South Lake Tahoe Leave No Trace Trainer Course
Photo Credit: Madeline Kitagawa
This past weekend, eight people from California and Nevada including NOS Master Educators, Jackie Lucero and Jessica Snaman met in South Lake Tahoe for a fun, snowy 16 hour LNT Trainer Course.  Participants learned about the history and mission of LNT, practiced responsible recreation while snowshoeing and learned a variety of games, activities and lessons to teach others about Leave No Trace.

January 8, 2017
Water Canyon Snowshoe Hike

On Saturday, January 7th, Outdoor Ethics Coordinator Leah Stolworthy and Naturalist Katie Fithian went on a snowshoe hike up in Water Canyon. It was snowing lightly but there wasn’t any wind and the conditions were perfect for a hike! They were joined by only one other hiker, but they all had a great time trekking through the snow! Some well deserved hot chocolate was enjoyed after the hike.

December 2, 2016
Night Hike 

As the sun went down on December 1st, Outdoor Ethics Coordinator, Leah Stolworthy, lead a short hike up the overlook trail in Water Canyon. There was a small turnout for this hike, but it was a blast! The temperatures were cold, but hiking always warms you up! The clouds made for a beautiful sunset and the lights of Winnemucca twinkled cheerily in the distance. Flashlights were a must but they also made the hike a little more fun!

November 14, 2016
Super Full Moon Hike to the "W"

Full Moon

Although the actual Supermoon was at it's biggest on Monday morning the 14th, the moon on Sunday night, November 13th was so bright that during the hike to the “W”, no one really needed flashlights! Nine ambitious hikers showed up to climbed to the rocky letter and we made amazing time! There was very little wind and almost no clouds. The view was spectacular at night! We will definitely be doing more hikes like this one.

November 7, 2016
Water Canyon National Public Lands Day

Group Picture of Volunteers at Water Canyon NPLD

On Saturday, November 5th, the BLM partnered with Nevada Outdoor School, the Rotary Club, Jeep Junkies, Girl Scouts, and CarWil, along with several other volunteers, to put on a National Public Lands Day up in Water Canyon. Everyone worked hard to clean up the trash, paint the picnic tables, put up new kiosks, and rebuild the Interpretive Trail. Prehistoric Pit Catering came out to the event and cooked up some amazing food for everyone to enjoy once the work was done. After only one day, the canyon looks almost brand new! Be sure to go check it out!

November 1, 2016
Sand Mountain Halloween

Sand Mountain Road Show Booth

Naturalist, Katie Fithian, and Outdoor Ethics Program Coordinator, Leah Stolworthy, went to Sand Mountain for Halloween Weekend to help promote responsible recreation of off road vehicles in areas such as that one. There were between 800-1000 people camped there, and although they were only able to directly reach out to about 40 people, their presence was not unnoticed! People smiled and waved as they drove by in their dune buggies and side-by-sides, and the people who did stop to talk were very thankful that NOS was there. Although most people are respectful of their public lands, it’s always good to help remind people why it’s important to keep on caring!

October 21, 2016
Lazy P Farm Field Trips

Group Photo

October has been a very exciting month for Nevada Outdoor School! We just finished up our Third Grade Fall Farm Field Trip! What a wonderful time we all had out at Lazy P Adventure Farm learning about the role that agriculture plays in our everyday lives.

Thanks to our partnership with the Lazy P Adventure Farm, we were able to have over 300 students come out for a learning adventure!

October 7, 2016
Water Canyon Interpretive Trail Hike

Group Photo

On Thursday, October 6th, Outdoor Ethics Coordinator, Leah Stolworthy, lead a fantastic group of hikers up the Water Canyon Interpretive Trail. The leaves on the trees were just beginning to turn yellow, but most of them were still on the trees, which made it feel like we were in a forest rather than in a desert! The kids all did very well, keeping up the pace with the adults and paying attention to the interpretive part of the hike. Although the weather was a little chilly, and the trail a little overgrown, it was a wonderful evening hike and I’m greatly looking forward to the next one!

September 28th, 2016
"W" Hike

Group Photo

On September 27, Outdoor Ethics Program Coordinator, Leah Stolworthy, and Education Coordinator, Kate Contreras, led a group of seven hikers up to the “W” on Winnemucca Mountain. It was an evening hike and started at about 6:30pm. The weather couldn’t have been more perfect! The sky was completely clear and when the sun went down, the stars came out shining full force! With only a couple of rest stops, the hike lasted a little under two hours. We had people of all ages and everyone finished strong! It was a great night and we’re all looking forward to another one soon!

September 26th, 2016
Solider Meadows NPLD - Desert Dace Day

Cabin Resoration at Solider Meadows

This past weekend we partnered with Friends of Black Rock-High Rock, Friends of Nevada Wilderness and the Winnemucca BLM to host the first annual Desert Dace Day for this year’s Black Rock NPLD event. We were scheduled to run a kids camp on Saturday, however, since no kids were there, we go to participate in the service projects helping to clean up Solider Meadows campground and the Solider Meadows cabin. Overall, it was a great weekend! Volunteers got a lot of work done to help protect the Desert Dace and help improve the area. Everyone pitched in, had tons of fun and ate really well. (Photo Credit - Richie Bednarski)

August 21st, 2016
8th Annual Buckaroo Dutch Oven Cook-Off Fundraiser!

2016 DOCO Cooks

This past Saturday, we held our 8th Annual Buckaroo Dutch Oven Cook-Off Fundraiser at Riverview Park. 17 teams competed in three categories: Chuck Wagon (main dish), Bean Master (main dish, desert) and IDOS (main dish, bread, desert). There was music, drinks, great raffle prizes (including the coveted Yeti and Dutch Oven Package raffles), and of course, tons of delicious food for everyone to taste.

This year’s winners were:

Chuck Wagon:

1st Place – What Happens at the DOG… (Andy Hart)

2nd Place- Country Calf-A Cookers (Gene and Chrissy Hunt)

3rd Place- The Cast Iron Maiden (Kristen Page and Levii Anthony)

Bean Master:

1st Place – Country Calf-A Cookers (Gene and Chrissy Hunt)

2nd Place – Super Nova (Alan and Lisa Davis)

3rd Place – RLM Ranch and Friends (Leflar Family and Michael McCampbell)


1st Place – Coach and the Conductor (John Gist and Paul Tremayne)

2nd Place – Panda Monium (Ron Rathbun)

3rd Place – Bad Eye Bob’s (James and Bob Lage and Jim Smith)

People’s Choice Award Winner:

What Happens at the DOG… (Andy Hart)

August 15th, 2016
Winnemucca Girls Camp

Winnemucca Girls Camp

Winnemucca Girl's Camp finished up last week and boy, did those girls have a blast with their counselors Ranger, Fritter, and Pterodactyl- no boys allowed! Monday was our Team Building Day where campers got to know one another by playing games, eating snacks, and going swimming. Tuesday was our Diversity Day where campers learned a little more about where they each came from by doing a family tree craft, what some of the different cultures around Winnemucca are and participating in a traditional Mexican dance (complete with costumes), and they even played some games and ate some snacks from all around the world. Wednesday was our Self-Expression Day where campers got to express themselves by making collages, tie-dying t-shirts, spraying their hair hair crazy colors, getting temporary tattoos, doing yoga, and eating some delicious, customized frozen yogurt. Thursday, we drove off to Lake Tahoe to camp out and learn about Healthy Lifestyles. We swam, cooked out, had a campfire, and ate s'mores. Instead of heading straight home on Friday, we stopped off at the University of Nevada in Reno where campers explored possible Future Careers. We did a walking tour around campus and then ate lunch with the swans at Manzanita Lake. What a week!

August 4th, 2016
Elko Girls Camp

Elko Girls Camp

NOS Naturalists Fiona and Kiko went to Elko at the beginning of the month to put on Elko Girl's Camp, which lasted 3 days. Day 1 was all fun and games while campers got to know each other. We finished the day with snacks and swimming. The theme of Day 2 was "Wellness in Lamoille Canyon" so of course we took the campers hiking up to Lamoille Lake! Campers also practiced how to keep the environment healthy and safe for everyone to use by learning a little Leave No Trace on the trail. To finish camp off on Day 3, campers played more games, tie-dyed t-shirts, and did some crafts. We ended the day at the bowling alley, after filling up on some ice-cream. What a great group of girls!

July 11th, 2016
Dutch Diva Workshop

Hinky Summit ATV Ride

This past Saturday, the Dutch Diva and the Dutch Dude traveled from Reno to help us host a Dutch Oven Workshop up in Water Canyon. It was a great (and delicious) time filled with many tips and tricks for general and competitive Dutch Oven cooking. Some of the delicious meals prepared included pineapple upside-down cake, two types of yummy biscuits, and root vegetable stew. Is your mouth watering out of jealously? Don’t worry, come to our Buckaroo Dutch Oven Cook-Off Fundraiser on Saturday August 20th at Riverview Park and eat up!

July 9th, 2016
Water Canyon Community Campfire

Hinky Summit ATV Ride

Yesterday, we hosted a community campfire up in Water Canyon. Participants had a chance to hike in the back of the canyon, build a campfire together, hang out and eat 'Smores! A great time was had by all.

June 27th, 2016
Hinky Summit ATV Ride

Hinky Summit ATV Ride

On Sunday, June 26th, Members from the Winnemucca ATV Association joined Outdoor Ethics Specialist Leah Stolworthy for an ATV ride up Hinkey Summit. They started where the pavement stopped and rode for a total of five hours, up to Lye Creek Campground and beyond. The views were incredible and the weather couldn’t have been any better!

June 27th, 2016
Winnemucca ATV Rider Camp

Winnemucca ATV Rider Camp

The first of three ATV Rider Camps was held in Winnemucca this past week. During the actual “camp” participants played games and did activities which taught them about safe and responsible riding practices such as proper ATV safety gear and how to Tread Lightly! while riding. The last day of camp took place at the Winnemucca Sand Dunes, were the kids had a chance to get on the NOS youth ATV to actively learn and practice safe and responsible riding techniques. The other two ATV Rider Camps this summer will be held in Elko and Reno.

June 27th, 2016
Adventure Camp 1

Ad Camp 1

This past week, 25 campers participated in our first Adventure Camp 1! Throughout the week campers played teambuilding games, swam, did arts and crafts and even got to campout in Water Canyon!

June 20th, 2016
NV Outdoor Experience

Road Show Booth

This past Saturday, NOS took our Road Show to the Carson City Gun Club for Nevada Outdoor Experience. Those who stopped by the NOS booth learned about safe and responsible riding and recreation through some fun, hands-on activities.

June 18th, 2016
Sierra Excursion

Sierra Excursion

Twelve 6th and 7th graders from Winnemucca traveled to Lake Tahoe for a 2-night, 3-day Sierra Excursion! Campers had a blast hiking, skipping rocks on the lake, swimming (in SUPER cold water), hanging out around the campfire and eating ‘Smores. One of the highlights was getting to go to the Tahoe Treetops Adventure Course on the last day. A very special thanks to the Frontier Community Coalition who through generous funding helped make this and our future Ruby Excursion possible.

May 31st, 2016
Black Rock Rendezvous

BRR Kids Camp

Over the Memorial Day weekend, NOS members traveled to the Black Rock Desert for the annual partner group celebration and stewardship event known as the Black Rock Rendezvous. Jessie talked about Leave No Trace with everyone and helped lead a hot springs tour while the AmeriCorps members ran the kids camp. Fiona, Simon, Kiko, Ruthie and Leah played games with the kids while teaching them about the principals of Leave No Trace on Saturday. On Sunday the kids got to go around the entire camp and audit all the campsites, making sure the campers were doing the best they could at Leave No Trace. It was a great weekend with perfect weather and tons of fun!

May 26th, 2016
Ecology Fair

Tree Cookies at Ecology Fair

Nevada Outdoor School’s 4th grade Ecology Fair takes place every spring at the Winnemucca Community Garden and provides students the opportunity to investigate, discover, and learn about ecology through hands-on, interactive and self-guided exploration. Unfortunately this year, due to weather, only 2 out of the 3 schools were able to attend. Those that did had a great time learning about a variety of ecological concepts such as wildlife, soil, water, plants and much, much more! A very special thank you to all the AmeriCorps and community volunteers who helped make this year’s event a success.

May 19th, 2016
Lovelock Cave Days

Lovelock Cave

NOS was in Lovelock, Nevada Monday through Wednesday for the Lovelock Cave Days Fourth Grade Partnered Field Trip which aimed to teach students about the history of Lovelock, all the way back since the days of the famous duck decoys to the present. NOS Naturalists Fiona Taylor, Kiko Ramirez, Ruthie Cathers, and Simon Fierst each led a stop on an interpretive hike where students learned the historic uses of native plants and animals before reaching the cave's entrance. NOS Education Supervisor Megan Kuskie facilitated the museum portion of the field trip where Outdoor Ethics Specialist Leah Stolworthy led students around the second floor of the museum and later, outside in the equipment yard, where students explored old-time Lovelock farming equipment. Before heading home, students also saw atlatls (ancient spear throwers) in action, explored Lovelock Cave, experienced what it is like to be immigrants travelling west, learned about the geography of the area and its rich mining history, listened to a Paiute woman tell stories, and so much more. Winnemucca Grammar School, Sonoma Heights Elementary, Grass Valley Elementary, Denio Elementary School, and Lovelock Elementary all came out for this field trip.

May 16th, 2016
Nevada has 9 New Leave No Trace Trainers!

FNW LNT Trainer Course

Over the weekend, NOS and Friends of Nevada Wilderness partnered together to host a Leave No Trace Trainer Course at Washoe Lake State Park. It was a great weekend filled with lots of learning, laughs, hikes, friends and great food! Congratulations to Nevada’s nine new LNT Trainers. We look forward to hearing about all the fun you have in the future spreading the message of responsible recreation!

May 13th, 2016
2016 3rd Grade Water Canyon Field Trips

3rd Grade Field Trip

Local 3rd graders who went to NOS’s 3rd grade field trip in Water Canyon this year rotated to four stations which included Succession, Stream Ecology & Water Quality Testing, an Interpretive Trail Nature Hike, and the Web of Life. At the Succession station students learned about the different stages of succession and the role it played in Water Canyon after the fire years ago and had the opportunity to search for signs of succession in the Canyon. At the Stream Ecology and Water Quality Testing Station, students collected and tested water samples from Water Canyon creek and determined its health using the data they collected. They enjoyed searching for and collecting macro invertebrates which they were able to use to determine the health of the creek by identifying the species found. At the Interpretive Trail Nature Hike station, students had the opportunity to enjoy nature while learning about the history of Winnemucca and Water Canyon along and gained knowledge of their public lands. At the Web of Life station students learned about the different components of an ecosystem an analyzed how they are connected. They also evaluated how ecosystems are affected by changes to a watershed and discussed how human actions impact ecosystems & watersheds both positively and negatively. Students came away from the field trip with newfound knowledge and a strengthened stewardship values.

May 4th, 2016
2016 Watershed Field Trips

2nd grade Watershed FT

The last couple of weeks of April were an exciting time for Winnemucca and Elko 2nd grade students. They got to take a break from their school day to learn about their watershed, the Humboldt River Basin Watershed. NOS naturalists and other staff created interactive stations which included games, journaling and other activities. After singing the “Water Cycle Boogie”, playing “Be the Change” tag, doing their best animal impression, and writing about what they sensed around them, students understand that a watershed is an area of land where water moves from a high point to a low point. They also learned that they can make a difference in their watershed through a variety of ways.

May 2nd, 2016
Cabela's Camping Classic

The last weekend of April was a lot of fun for Naturalist, Kiko, and Outdoor Ethics Specialist, Leah! They went to Reno for a Road Show at Cabela's. On Saturday, they participated in a Boy Scouts event, playing Treadpardy with several groups of Scouts who were competing for the fastest time. On Sunday, they talked with several people about the upcoming Dutch Oven Cook Off, happening this August! They also lead a Leave No Trace discussion to help inform people about the importance of responsible recreation in the outdoors. The girls had a ton of fun and were able to reach out to over 120 people!

April 25th, 2016
Earth Day Road Shows!

Reno Earth Day Road Show

It sure was a fun Earth WEEK for us here at NOS! We kicked off Earth Week on April 16th at Squaw Village with our Road Show booth at Tahoe/Truckee Earth Day and wrapped it up the same way at Reno Earth day this past Sunday. All together, at both events we reached close to 500 people with the message of responsible recreation. Those who stopped by our booth had a blast making outdoor ethics hang-tags, testing their knowledge on our TreadPardy board and just generally getting information and sharing their stories/experiences about Leave No Trace and Tread Lightly!

April 7th, 2016
Valley of Fire LNT Trainer Courses

VOF LNT Group#1

Jessie and Leah traveled down south to Valley of Fire State Park this past Friday for two back-to-back Leave No Trace Trainer Courses. In total, seven people participated in one of the two 16 hour, 2 day, 1 night courses and became LNT Trainers prepared and pumped to share the message of responsible recreation with others. The weather was beautiful, the scenery breathtaking and the company was great! We are very proud of all the new trainers and look forward to hearing about the wonderful work they do in the future!

Check out our Flickr pages to see more photos: https://www.flickr.com/photos/nosfun/

March 22nd, 2016
2016 Reno MotorSports Expo!

Reno Motorsports Exop

Over the weekend of March 18-20, Naturalists Simon, Ruthie, and Outdoor Ethics Specialist Leah, went down to Reno, NV, to teach Tread Lightly! and Leave No Trace programs to people at the Reno Motorsports Event. Several children got their pictures taken on the ATV and learned about the importance of safety gear while riding. Adults and children alike played Treadpardy, a jeopardy themed education game that teaches the five principals of Tread Lightly! and promotes responsible stewardship of the environment. Other visitors caught a beach ball with outdoor ethics questions on it and when they answered a question, they were able to spin the prize wheel for some awesome prizes! Between the three of them, Simon, Ruthie, and Leah were able to reach out to about 400 people.

March 19th, 2016
Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation Banquet

RMEF Banquet Display

We were cordially invited to the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation Banquet on March 19 to present our programs and projects. NOS has had a strong partnership with RMEF since 2009 and has been receiving yearly monetary support for the past three years to help support our summer camp programs. This year, the funding will help to support a new program to take at least 24 students to the Sierra Mountains or the Ruby Mountains for a back country camping excursion.

While at the banquet, NOS also had a display of one of our major trail projects, the Buckskin/Table Mountain ATV loops in the Santa Rosa Mountains, where we took a series of existing roads and trails and tied them together into two ATV/OHV loops with ATV cattle guards at the gate crossings. The larger Buckskin loop is 25 miles and the smaller Table Mountain loop is just 8 miles. For more information or to acquire a map of the trails, please stop by our office at 655 Anderson St.


March 17th, 2016
Trout Release

LNT Activity at Trout Release

On Wednesday, NOS, together with the Nevada Division of Wildlife and the National Forest Service, took part in the French Ford Middle School annual Trout Release Field Trip in Water Canyon. During this field trip, students rotated through 7 stations (Fish Release, Erosion, Small Mammals, Riparian Area, Electrofishing, Leave No Trace, and Large Mammals) to learn more about the animal habitats, water ecosystems, and landscapes of Water Canyon. Nevada Outdoor School Naturalists ran the Erosion station (Fiona Taylor) and the Leave No Trace station (Ruthie Cathers). Students also completed a Scavenger Hunt and Word Search, wrote poems, and drew pictures of their experience.

Over 160 5th graders from 11 classrooms participated in this event.

March 10th, 2016
Water Summit

Water Summit

On Wednesday, employees from Nevada Outdoor School attended the water summit, to learn about the state of our tap water in Winnemucca, and especially Grass Valley. Several speakers gave input on potential hazards to our water sources, and ways we can mitigate these risks, including proper septic tank maintenance. After the speakers, several naturalists, including our newest members, gave a dynamic and hands-on presentation about watersheds, and how we can continue to live our lifestyles, while minimizing the risk of pollution to the water that we depend on.

February 23rd, 2016
Full Moon Hike

Hikers use their sense of hearing

On Monday the 22nd, naturalists Fiona and Simon led people of all ages on a full moon hike through water canyon. The hikers learned a little bit about the nature and history of Water Canyon, completed a ridgeline ascent, and did activities to better learn about how to hike at night in a safe way. They finished the night with hot chocolate and a gorgeous view of the full moon rising over the mountains.

February 16th, 2016
Grass Valley PTA Night

Kids play with worms at GVE PTA meeting

Last Thursday evening, Nevada Outdoor School was invited to participate in Grass Valley Elementary PTA Night. After the PTA meeting adjourned, students and parents were invited to visit the four tables we set up, each with interactive displays and activities focusing on animals. We had a Skins and Skulls exhibit where everyone could touch a variety of animal skins, skulls, feathers, track casts, and scat casts and learn a little about the animals they belonged to. At our Bats! table, students and parents explored a kid-sized bat box, examined a preserved bat specimen, and researched interesting bat facts with an assortment of books. At our Wiggly Worms table, everyone was able to learn why worms are so important by examining live worms, reading an assortment of interesting worm facts, looking at pictures, and doing a craft in which kids got to take home their own 'wiggly worm'. And finally, at our Snakes Alive table, students and parents alike faced their fears by touching and handling a live corn snake. Kids also enjoyed flipping through snake and reptile books, testing their knowledge with a snake fact sheet questionnaire, and observing our other snake ambassador to learn about common snake misconceptions. Overall, parents learned more about our organization and its goals and students had fun exploring different animals.

February 11th, 2016
2016 Beat the Winter Blues Photo Contest

Kit for near the Toiyabes

Throughout the month of January, we encouraged people to get outdoors, have fun and help beat the winter blues that sometimes overwhelm us when the weather turns colder and the days get shorter. We asked people to submit photos of their outdoor excursions and posted them on our facebook page to inspire others to do the same. In total, 10 people submitted photos throughout January. The NOS staff, with help from those “liking” pictures on social media all voted on our favorites to award 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners who all received some sweet NOS gear including a Hoo-Rag, hat and mug. A very special congratulations goes out to our 1st place winner, Nick Prasser’s “Kit Fox Near the Toiyabes” (pictured above). Thank you to everyone who participated! We hope everyone keeps having fun out there and continues to help beat the winter blues by getting outside and exploring the beautiful winter landscape.

February 8th, 2016
Snowshoe Hike!

Snowshoe Hike in Water Canyon

Last Saturday we had our second snowshoe hike of the season in Water Canyon. Everyone had a blast, and got to learn a little about the history and culture of “Winnemucca’s playground.” Afterward everyone warmed up with some hot chocolate and good conversation. If you missed this one, don’t forget to come to our third and final snowshoe hike on February 22, which will be a full moon hike.

January 29th, 2016
Thank You Newmont Legacy Fund!

Newmont Legacy Fund

We would like to give a very big Thank You to the Newmont Legacy Fund for their generous donation of $36,700 to help support our mission to inspire exploration of the natural world, responsible stewardship of our habitat and dedication to community.

January 19th, 2016
2nd Annual MLK Dodgeball Tournament

MLK Dodgeball Group

On January 16th, 2016, Americorps members from Winnemucca, Lovelock, Elko, and Reno hosted the 2nd Annual Dodgeball Tournament as a service project in honor of Martin Luther King Junior Day. This year all proceeds from the Dodgeball tournament went towards the fight against childhood hunger in Humboldt County by funding programs such as the Summer Food Service Program, the Backpack Kids Program, and assisting with nutritional needs in the rural schools of Humboldt County. A total of 17 teams registered and the total amount of money raised was $1789.85 paid to FCAA!

January 5th, 2016
Thank You Southwest Gas Fuel for Life!

Southwest Gas Check

We would like to give a very big heartfelt Thank You to the Southwest Gas Fuel For Life Employee Giving Campaign for their generous $6,586 contribution to help fund our programs this coming year!

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