August 9th
Boys Camp

On August 5th-8th, Nevada Outdoor School hosted our annual Boy’s Camp at Leonard Creek Ranch located near Denio. The camp started out with a day in Vesco Park where the boys played sports such as whiffle ball. After lunch, we traveled to the shooting range where they learned the basics of archery and practiced their skills with longbows. On Tuesday, we traveled to Leonard Creek Ranch where we set up camp and played some fun water games to cool off during the hot day. Campers also learned survival skills such as fire starting and what supplies to take on hiking trips. After a large breakfast on Wednesday, campers were able to fish in the ranch pond, where they caught lots of bluegill and largemouth bass. That afternoon, campers were able to ride horses around the ranch with Judge Montero. On the final day, we finished with another large breakfast before we traveled back to the park where we finished the day with shelter building.

Boy’s Camp was a fun time that was filled with many great activities. We also want to thank the Montero family for providing a great location and great activities for our participants.

 August 5th
Nevada Bighorns Unlimited Banquet

On Saturday, August 3rd, Winnemucca Education Director, Brandon Allen and Naturalist, Mateo Flores traveled to Midas for the Nevada Bighorns Unlimited Banquet. Nevada Bighorns Unlimited made a $5,000 donation to Nevada Outdoor School, which helps fund programs such as our summer camps. NOS provided Tread Lightly! outreach, as well as promoted our upcoming Dutch Oven Cookoff. We greatly appreciate the support from groups like Nevada Bighorns Unlimited, whose generous donations help make our programs possible.

July 29th
Wilderness Survival Camp
On July 22nd Nevada Outdoor School set out for its biggest adventure yet. As the survivalist loaded into the van and made the long haul to Hinkey Summits Lye Creek Campground, the weather quickly approached with black skies looming above. The survivalist did not flinch at the daunting weather but instead took on the challenge headfirst. After sitting up camp, the skies began to brighten and campers celebrated their first victory with silly minute to win it games such as Elephant relay races and a Cheetos toss. To end off our first day in Lye Creeks rural setting, campers participated in making their very own atlatl’s as well as a archery and atlatl survivalist lesson. The following day our survivalists conquered our community service project of cleaning out the Campgrounds fire pits as well as playing survivalist games. We learned how to make a proper shelter for various weather conditions, build a fire safely, how to use a compass as a navigation tool as well as staying cool in the summer heat with a well-deserved water fight. A few of our bravest survivalists even attempted eating critters, such as different flavored bugs and crickets (a few of them even enjoyed it, coming back for seconds). Our third day we packed up camp and made our very own pizzas in DIY solar ovens, we then made our way back home with a handful of new skills and memories to share from Wilderness Survival Camp.

July 23rd
Rocky Mountain Elko Foundation - Check Presentation

On Monday, July 22nd, representatives from the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation stopped by our Wilderness Survival Camp to present a donation/check. The $1600 donation helps fund programs like our summer camps, allowing youth to experience places like the Santa Rosa Mountains, Lake Tahoe, and the Ruby Mountains. During our Wilderness Survival Camp, youth were able to learn skills like shelter building, archery, how to make solar ovens, and made their own atlatls. Donations from groups like the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation help make this possible.

July 15th
Lassen Volcano Camp
During the week of July 8th-12th, Nevada Outdoor School travelled to Lassen Volcanic National Park. Again this year, we received a grant from the Lassen National Park Foundation that allowed us to experience a fun and exciting week filled with ranger-led activities and programs. Fifteen 6th-8th grade campers participated, along with our naturalists, Allana Havernick, Crystal Rodriguez, and Mateo Flores. Throughout the week, campers participated in a wide variety of ranger led programs such as a beginner compass course, a nighttime campfire program, bear necessities in the park, and learned about the local ecosystem. While there, we were also able to learn about the Leave No Trace principles at a ranger-led campfire program. This year we were able to stay in one of the few tent canvas cabins that Lassen Volcano Adventure Camp has to offer. This was a great new experience and the kids enjoyed the little luxury of sleeping on cots rather than the ground haha. Not only did we hike to the beautiful Crags Lake, enjoyed the snow covered Lassen Peak, but we were able to drive to Butte Lake and hike to the top of Cinder Cone Volcano! It was a tough, steep hike for sure, but all the campers made it and even explored inside the volcano! As a reward, they were able to swim in the nice refreshing water Butte Lake had to offer. Once again, Lassen Volcanic National Park was a huge hit, and I am grateful I had the opportunity to take more children again this year.

July 1st
Nevada Outdoor Experience

On Saturday, June 29th, Nevada Outdoor School attended the Nevada Outdoor Experience at the Capitol City Gun Club in Carson City. Over 250 youth participated in the event. NOS set up a booth where youth stopped by to answer questions about Leave No Trace, Tread Lightly, and other outdoor ethics topics. They also made Leave No Trace hangtags about hunting, fishing, and hiking. Many other organizations participated in the event and offered fun activities such as archery, rock climbing, and clay target shooting. We were happy to participate in this successful event that educated youth about different outdoor activities and opportunities.

June 28th
Winnemucca Adventure Camp 1

In spite of the windy weather, Winnemucca Adventure Camp 1 went really well! Campers enjoyed every theme for the day and the snacks that matched the theme, such as the goldfish snacks that came in a fishbowl for Finding Nemo Day on Monday or the Fish and Chips (Ruffle chips and Goldfish) for Peter Pan Day. We started the week with icebreakers and water games on Monday and played lots of competitive games and did a scavenger hunt for Peter Pan Day, took a hike and played explorer games for UP day and lastly, we did Earth Day Crafts for WALL-E day. We even participated in a service project in Water Canyon at the Pollinator Garden spreading gravel. The week wrapped up with a fun camp-out on Wednesday night. For some campers it was their first time setting up a tent, while others were willing to help set up another tent after they were done with their own. Although there was a massive amount of Mormon Crickets and a snake that was rather too friendly, our morning hike up to the Overlook was refreshing and fun!

June 17th
Winnemucca Girls Camp

Overall, Girl’s camp was a huge success! We were able to build new friendships, talk to the girls about powerful women in the community, and build up their confidence by having them do DIY skin care products as well as talking about the different ways women express themselves. I think the girls really enjoyed their time kayaking and swimming the most. They also enjoyed the night hike that we took down by the lake as well as the Dutch Oven pizza dinner and walking tacos.

June 15th
Kids Fishing Day
On Saturday, June 15th, Nevada Outdoor School participated in Kid’s Fishing Day at the Winnemucca Community Pond. We provided Leave No Trace outreach with our wheel of ethics, where kids have to answer questions about the Leave No Trace principles. They also made hangtags that had tips on using Leave No Trace for activities such as hunting and fishing. The Nevada Department of Wildlife, Winnemucca BLM, and Forest Service also had outreach booths. Prizes were given for the biggest and smallest fish. Around 30 kids participated in the event.

May 11th
3rd Grade Water Canyon Field Trip

On May 7th, 8th, and 10th Nevada Outdoor School held our annual 3rd grade Water Canyon Field Trip. This field trip takes place at two of the campsites located in Water Canyon, as well as along the interpretive trail. Nearly 200 students from Winnemucca Grammar School, Battle Mountain Elementary, and Grass Valley Elementary participated in the field trip. Classes rotated to four different stations during the field trip where students learned about water ecology, searched for macroinvertebrates, and learned about plants and animals role in the food web. They also learned about wildfires and succession and how vegetation grows back after a disturbance such as a wildfire. Our fourth station included a hike that went over the Leave No Trace principles and some of the history of Water Canyon. We had great weather and lots of fun for all of our field trip days, despite and early invasion of Mormon Crickets.

April 30
April Outdoor Ethics Club

Outdoor Club continued through the Month of April. At outdoor club this month participants learned about disposing of their waste properly in the outdoors, respecting wildlife, and leaving what you find, with an emphasis on ecosystems and how every part of an ecosystem plays a vital role in keeping the eco system healthy and balanced. When we practice Leave No Trace, we make sure that we are doing our part no to throw off the delicate balance of the areas we visit.

April 22
Winnemucca Watershed Field Trips

Nevada Outdoor School’s Winnemucca location kicked off our annual watershed field trip on April 3rd with our friends at Imlay Elementary School. During the week of April 16th-19th, we had students participate from Battle Mountain Elementary and our local elementary schools in Winnemucca. Nearly 350 students participated in the field trip where they learned the importance of our watersheds and the role it plays in our everyday lives. Students rotated to different stations where they learned about the effects of pollution in our waterways, used a model to learn how water moves from a high point to low point, learned about ways that different plants and animals use our watershed, and learned how different tributaries connect to our watershed and where it ends up. We had warm, sunny weather for most of our field trip days and are looking forward to our May field trips in Water Canyon and Lovelock Cave.

 April 20
Tahoe/Truckee Earth Day Road Show

Nevada Outdoor School spent April 19th at Squaw Valley for Tahoe Truckee Earth Day. There were a lot of organizations and booths at the event all promoting ways to reduce our impact on the earth.  The weather was a little bit windy and unpleasant at times, but many people still attended the event. People who stopped by the NOS booth had the opportunity to participate in one of our interactive games or activities and learn about responsible outdoor recreation through Leave No Trace and Tread Lightly! principles.

April 15
Clark County Fair

Nevada Outdoor School Spent 3 days of April in Mesquite for the Clark County Fair! Nevada Outdoor School was invited to the Event by the NVOHV commission along with the Great Basin Institute, so that we could share with participants all of the great work that is being accomplished by the NVOHV grant.  Nevada Outdoor School brought our fun and interactive activities, Like wheel of Ethics and Outdoor Ethics Hang tags, and talked to people about how they can reduce their impact on the land while enjoying the great outdoors. We were also able to share the great work that we have been able to accomplish by partnering with local law enforcement to provide ATV, OHV and Dirt Bike Safety and OHV registration Events. These programs are made possible by the funds we receive from the NVOHV grant program.

April 8
 Winnemucca Mountain "W" Hike

On April 7th Nevada Outdoor School led a hike to the ‘W’ on Winnemucca Mountain. Four hikers joined NOS, and the group hit the trail around 10:00 AM. The group enjoyed each other’s Conversation and took in the scenery as they headed up to the ‘W’. When the group reached the ‘W’ the stopped to rest and enjoy the views of the city and the Sonoma Mountains. When everyone was ready to continue hiking, the group headed back down to the trailhead.

April 2
Black Rock Leave No Trace Trainer Course
 photo credit: Terra Celeste

The last weekend in March, NOS partnered with Friends of Black Rock High Rock to host a Leave No Trace Trainer Course in the Black Rock Desert. In total, 15 people participated in this course which mostly took place at Fly Ranch. Participants left with the knowledge, skills and motivation to both individually practice Leave No Trace and teach others to do so as well.

 March 31
Outdoor Ethics Club

In March, NOS also began our Outdoor Club, which meets at the Boys and Girls Club of Winnemucca. The club meets once a week and teaches youth about responsible recreation through Leave No trace and Tread Lightly! principles as well as outdoor/survival skills. This month, participants explored their own values and outdoor ethics with an emphasis on planning and being prepared. They learned about durable surfaces and why to travel and camp on them, as well as how to read the weather and lightning safety. Additionally, they learned how to shoot a bow and arrow, and techniques for building an emergency shelter.

March Hikes

On March 9th, Nevada Outdoor School hosted a hike to the ‘W’ on Winnemucca Mountain. We were joined by two hikers who enjoyed taking in the scenery at the ‘W’ before heading back down the trail. We love encouraging the community to explore their public lands through our community hikes. NOS also offered a hike to the Yurt in Water Canyon on March 24th, but unfortunately did not have any participants. We are looking forward to warmer spring and summer weather in the coming months, and hopefully more hike participants.


March 25
ATV Safety Course

On March 23rd, NOS partnered with the Humboldt County Sherriff’s Office to provide an ATV safety course to the public. Even though we only had two participants, they traveled all the way from Hawthorn to take the course! Participants learned and practiced safe and responsible riding techniques, and ATV operation. Both participants were very new to riding ATV’s and it was great to see their confidence grow with each exercise.


March 18
Reno Motorsports Expo Road Show

On March 14th-17th, NOS’s fun and engaging Roadshow Experience traveled to Reno for the Reno Motorsports Expo. The Reno Motor Sports expo is a 4 day event which draws all types of motorized recreation enthusiasts. NOS spent four days at the expo having conversations with people about how we can minimize our impact on the outdoors through Leave No Trace and Tread Lightly! principles. Participants who stopped by the NOS Booth had the opportunity to participate in fun and engaging activities such as our wheel of Ethics and Tread-Ball games while learning about responsible recreation practices.

March 12th
February Classroom Lessons
In February, our lessons switched to our fun and popular animal theme. Naturalists Allana and Crystal traveled to local and rural schools to deliver hands-on lessons on the following topics. Kindergarten students learned how to identify animals by observing casts of their tracks. They learned the differences between pawed, hooved, and bird tracks. First graders made animals and habitats out of Play-Doh. Second grade students learned the eating habits of different animals by observing their skulls. They also observed different pelts of animals that live in our area. Third grade students learned about owls and dissected owl pellets to learn about an owl’s prey. Fourth grade students learned about the different adaptations of beavers, while one lucky students used different items to dress up like a beaver to show these unique adaptations. Finally, middle school students built their own terrariums that showed the steps of the water cycle. February is a favorite month for teachers and students that enjoy learning about animals in fun and engaging lessons and activities. Now we are moving into our final month of classroom programming and switching our theme to energy.

March 4th
Elko Sportman's Expo

March 2nd-3rd Nevada Outdoor School Attended Elko Sportsman’s Expo! NOS set up a booth with fun games such as wheel of ethics and Tread Ball, where students got the chance to answer questions based on topics such as respecting wildlife, minimizing campfire impacts, and traveling responsibly to win a prize. Students were also able to decorate outdoor ethics hangtags about hunting, fishing, and hiking. Students also visited booths where they could do other crafts such as fly tying, decorating T-shirts and making arrow pens and observe live animals such as owls, snakes, and a porcupine.

February 12th
Youth Wildlife Conservation Experience
On February 7th-9th, Nevada Outdoor School attended the Youth Wildlife Conservation Experience at the annual Wild Sheep Foundation’s Sheep Show in Reno. NOS set up a booth with fun games such as our wheel of ethics, where students had to answer questions based on topics such as respecting wildlife, setting up a proper campsite, and how to properly dispose of trash. Students were also able to make outdoor ethics hangtags about hunting, fishing, and hiking. Students also visited booths where they observed live animals such as owls, snakes, and falcons. Other popular activities included archery and rock climbing. Over 500 students attended the event on Thursday and Friday, with over 1,000 additional kids attending the event on Saturday.

February 1st
Hike to the Yurt in Water Canyon

January 27th we led a community hike up to the yurt in Water Canyon. We had eleven participants that spent the Sunday morning trekking through the snow in the canyon. Getting to the yurt there was another group that was spending the day at the yurt and congratulated us on making it to our destination. The kids had fun playing “Which animal would you rather be?” while on the hike. It was a lovely Sunday morning getting some fresh air outside.

January 30th
Elko Classroom Lessons
This month in Elko we’ve focused on animal tracks. We spent the majority of the month teaching 2nd graders how to differentiate between various animal tracks and then using that information to learn about animal behavior.  It is often difficult to observe animals in nature, but we taught that we can learn about their habits by observing their tracks.  During the lesson, kids differentiated between the tracks of 6 Nevada animals, they learned to ambulate like various animals, and then the used the clues they learned about animal tracks to identify animals and interpret the stories that they tell.  It was a hands-on, engaging lesson that the kids and teachers truly loved.

January 28th
Cowboy Poetry

January 23rd and 24th Nevada Outdoor School helped the Western Folklife Center teach kids about the life of a cowboy. These kids got to watch a movie about a cowboy’s home on the range and that poetry is just something that comes natural when they are out on the ranch with nothing else to do. The kids also got a demonstration on the cowboy apparel from boots to cowboy hat - they even got to try their hand at tying a scarf. Leather tooling was another project the kids got to try out where they could use stencils, letters, or designs to create their own personal piece of leather.

January 24th
Winnemucca Hikes in the New Year
On Saturday, January 12th, we led a community hike to the ‘W” on Winnemucca Mountain and were joined by two participants from the community. The Hike to the “W” is a moderate to difficult out- and-back hike, nearly four miles long round trip with about 700 feet of elevation gain. Half way through the hike, at the ‘W’, the group stopped for a break and an opportunity to take in the view. After a short rest, the group headed back down the mountain. Both participants had not been to a NOS hike before, and it was a great experience getting to know them and share our public lands with them. We hope to see more people at our community hikes as the weather begins to warm up.

On January 16th NOS hosted an evening hike to the Overlook. Even though it was cold, four participants and their dog joined us for the hike.  The overlook is an easier out and back hike roughly 1.5 miles long round trip. The groups stopped for a photo and some rest at the overlook, and then headed back to the trailhead to warm up with hot cocoa and tea. As the days begin to get longer, we look forward to having warmer and well-lit hikes in the evenings.


January 22nd
MLK Day of Service
On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, we volunteered at the F.I.S.H. food pantry in Elko. Individuals and families come to the F.I.S.H. office to collect their monthly or weekly food supplies and then sit down for a hot meal.  Along with their one staff member and volunteer, we worked all morning packing food boxes of nonperishable cans and boxed food for distribution.  

January 20th
5th Annual AmeriCorps MLK Dodge Ball Tournament

Saturday, January 19th was the 5th Annual MLK Dodgeball Tournament.  Thirteen of our amazing AmeriCorps Program members worked together and helped raise $3,579.63 for the Humboldt Volunteer Hospice! A total of 13 teams competed. Thank you for everyone who came out and helped make this event a success.

January 18th
Spring Creek Elementary STEM Night

NOS took the idea of tracking to the Spring Creek Elementary STEM night on Thursday, January 17th.  We made track prints from 6 animals and then taped them onto the lunchroom floor, virtually creating a scene from the wild.  Kids were given a worksheet with guiding questions and then asked to describe who had been there and what happened.  Parents and kids alike were excited to engage in the activity, and all learned something from the opportunity.

January 2, 2019
Winnemucca Fall and Winter Classroom Lessons
Throughout the fall and winter, Nevada Outdoor School’s Winnemucca naturalists have been busy with classroom programming throughout Humboldt, Lander, and Pershing Counties. We are excited to visit many new and familiar teachers and students that allow us to deliver fun, hands-on lessons.

Beginning in October, we kicked off our classroom programming with lessons on the subject of archaeology and culture. Kindergarten students learned about our prehistoric past by studying and creating their own dinosaur fossils! First grade students took a fun trip outside of their school, used their senses to discover signs of fall, and created their own leaf rubbings. Second graders learned about ways that Native Americans passed down stories from generation to generation that explained why the seasons change. Finally, fourth grade students stepped back in time and traveled on the Oregon/California Trail, recording their experience in journals and using teamwork to overcome tough decisions.

In November, we switched our theme to plants. Kindergarten students learned about ways that earthworms adapt to survive in their environment by studying real, live earthworms. First graders learned about flowers by acting out the role of each part and its importance. Second grade students learned about pollinators and the role pollination plays in our everyday lives. Third grade students learned how plants make their own food through photosynthesis. Fourth graders played a fun trivia game that taught them about everyday household items that come from plants or products made from plants.


December’s theme was geology. Students learned about the different characteristics of rocks by observing and drawing features on their own rocks. They also learned about the different layers of the earth, different types of rocks and how they are formed, and how erosion affects the landscape around us. Second graders found out why it is important for scientists to keep records of their observations. This helped them with a fun game where they had to use their own specific records to separate their rocks from their classmates. Fourth grade students learned about minerals and how they make up rocks. 

In January, our classroom themes switched to winter weather, and February will be our popular animal themed month. We’re looking forward to visiting more classrooms throughout the winter!


November 30th
November Hikes!
November was an exciting month for Nevada Outdoor School our monthly community hikes went spectacularly. The first was the hike to the W on Winnemucca Mountain where we got the chance to see the town for a different point of view. The week of thanksgiving we had the Yurt hike that was a bit colder but the views made up for it. Then on Giving Tuesday, we took a leisurely night hike to the overlook in Water Canyon. Between the three hikes, we had eleven participants join us. It was great watching the weather transition from the orange and yellow of fall to the winter wonderland we are in now.

October 16th
2018 Lazy P Adventure Farm Fall Field Trip
During the week of October 9th-12th, Nevada Outdoor School partnered with the Lazy P Farm in Winnemucca for our annual fall field trip. Throughout the week, students traveled to Lazy P to learn about the ways animals are used on farms, how pumpkins grow, and how corn is used in everyday items from paint to tires. They also participated in a fun corn maze where the students had to guess correct answers about a farm item in order to find the correct way out. Nearly 400 students from Humboldt and Lander Counties participated in the field trip. We appreciate the Lazy P Farm allowing us to partner and provide students with this fun and educational experience.

October 1st
Black Rock NPLD - Desert Dace Days
During the weekend of September 28-30, Nevada Outdoor School AmeriCorps members and staff traveled to Soldier Meadows for the annual Desert Dace Days. During this event, we partnered with organizations such as Friend of Black Rock High Rock, Friends of Nevada Wilderness, and the Winnemucca BLM. Volunteers participated in various stewardship projects such as vegetation removal and monitoring for desert dace, painting the cabin at Soldier Meadows, and performing campground cleanup and maintenance. Nevada Outdoor School AmeriCorps members ran kid’s camp on Saturday. The kids participated in fun games and activities such as hiking and Leave no Trace awareness. They also participated in a stewardship project where they were able to paint picnic tables outside the cabin. Saturday evening, we participated in the Dutch oven cookoff that took everyone to Flavortown. We enjoyed spending time camping, making new friends, and visiting with familiar faces.

September 24th
Water Canyon National Public Lands Day (NPLD)

On Saturday, September 22, Nevada Outdoor School partnered with the BLM for National Public Lands Day in Water Canyon. During this event, volunteers helped with several different projects that included trail maintenance at Bloody Shins, putting up a bat house, painting picnic tables, and removing graffiti from rocks. Nevada Outdoor School staff and AmeriCorps members helped in the pollinator garden by planting plants that are beneficial to pollinators, creating a walking path through the garden, and providing activities and a pollination lesson for kids. We finished the day with a presentation from the Nevada Monarch Society and lunch.

August 27th
NOS's Outdoor Ethics Program Nationally Recognized by the National Off-Highway Conservation Council!

Nevada Outdoor School has good news!  They were nationally recognized by the National Off-Highway Conservation Council (NOHVCC) at the annual conference in Michigan for their Outdoor Ethics and ATV/OHV Safety Programs with an Special Recognition Award "for all the incredible work they do in teaching children and adults safe off highway vehicle use and non-motorized Tread Lightly and Leave no Trace ethics all across Nevada".  The Nevada OHV Program, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, accepted the award on their behalf and traveled to Winnemucca to present Nevada Outdoor School with the award on August 24th.  

Nevada Outdoor School's mission and Outdoor Ethics Program outcomes align perfectly NOHVCC's mission objectives which are to: 

·         Help establish new OHV clubs and state associations where they don’t already exist;

·         Strengthen existing clubs and state associations by providing information, training and services to help them be more effective;

·         Improve and promote responsible OHV recreation management and resource protection by working in partnership with private and public land managers and recreation planners;

·         Provide and promote best management practices for OHV recreation planning, development and management to policy makers;

·         Promote a positive OHV recreation image to all publics;

·         Build a better understanding of responsible OHV recreation among all publics;

·         Build recognition and acceptance that OHV recreation is a positive activity and promotes a responsible life style;

·         Provide broad-based, ongoing educational opportunities for OHV recreationists, recreation planners and decision-makers;

          Provide and promote educational, safety, ethics, environmental and character- building programs for all OHV recreationists including youth; and

·         Emphasize the benefits of responsible recreation behavior and raise awareness of the impact from irresponsible recreation activity.

There were only four awards given nationwide and Nevada Outdoor School was the only Nevada program to receive an award from NOHVCC and was nominated by Nevada State Parks Recreational Trails Program Park and Recreation Program Manager, Janice Keillor and Nevada OHV Program Commissioner Eddie Booth.  

Nevada Outdoor School wishes to thank both Janice and Eddie for their nomination and support of their Outdoor Ethics and ATV/OHV Safety Programs and also wishes to recognize Jessica Snaman, Katie Fithian, Leah Stolworthy and Jen Stockton for their efforts in developing and delivering a stellar, top quality Outdoor Ethics program over the past 8 years.

August 13th
10th Annual Buckaroo Dutch Oven Cook-Off Fundraiser!

Nevada Outdoor School celebrated our 15th birthday as we hosted our 10th Annual Buckaroo Dutch Oven Cook Off fundraiser this past Saturday, August 11th where World Champions and beginners came to cook together like old friends! 
This year we had 11 teams compete in four different categories including 4 youth teams with team Pickachu West winning 1st place in the youth category with his delicious and well cooked enchiladas. Teams “Bill & Jane’s Wagon Train” and “Prairie Dogs” from Newmont Mining came in strong to compete with their tasty culinary creations to walk away with 1st place in both the Bean Master and the (International Dutch Oven Society (IDOS) categories as well as the most coveted “People’s Choice” Award.
Special thanks go out to Buckaroo Radio and Nomadic Radio for the super supportive radio coverage, Ferguson for the Yeti Cooler, Nevada Muleys for the Kodiak tent, Jerry Leon for the music and PA system, Jerry Hirsch and Tony Erquiaga for taking pictures and the Winnemucca Convention Center. 
Thank you to all of our sponsor donors and team competitors that cooked at the event. With your help Nevada Outdoor School raised over $7,800 for Outdoor Education opportunities for youth in northern Nevada! 
2018 Raffle Winners:
Yeti Cooler:  Dan Pangburn of Meridian, Idaho
Kodiak Canvas Tent: Travis Morgan of Winnemucca    
2018 DOCO Winners:
Youth (1 dish) 1st Place: Pickachu West 2nd Place: Mario Brothers 3rd Place: Trever Heard 4th Place: Catherine's Cookin' Kooks
Chuck Wagon (Main dish) 1st Place: C Bar M 2nd Place: Bree's Basque Café
Bean Master (Main dish and Dessert) 1st Place: Prarie Dogs 2nd Place: Super Cookers International Dutch Oven Society (IDOS) (Main dish, Bread, Dessert) Sanctioned category winners can go on to compete in the World Champion Dutch Oven Cook Off in Utah next year:
1st Place: Bill and Jane's Wagon Train 2nd Place: Cast Iron Maiden 3rd Place: Thompson's Dutch Oven Kooks

Thank you to all our cooks, volunteers and everyone in the community who came out to support us! We really appreciate you all and look forward to seeing you next year!  


August 10th
Boy's Camp  

During the week of August 6th-9th, Nevada Outdoor School held a Boy’s Camp at Leonard Creek Ranch, located near Denio. Fifteen boys participated in this year’s camp. On the first day, the boys learned survival skills such as fire building, what to bring on a hike, and how to build shelters from a tarp. On the second day, we spent the morning fishing in a small farm pond, where campers were able to catch and release nearly 40 fish. That evening, we held a campfire program and talent show. On the third day, the campers learned basic archery skills and how to shoot longbows. That afternoon, we learned about the Leave no Trace principles and how we were applying them throughout the week. Campers were also able to deal with the hot afternoon weather by swimming and participating in water games. We also played a variety of sports games such as Frisbee, baseball, and volleyball. It was a great week filled with fun activities, games, and making new friends. We would also like to thank Judge Montero and his family for providing us with a great location to hold Boy’s Camp.


August 2nd
Ruby Excursion

During the week of July 30-August 1, Nevada Outdoor School held a camp in Lamoille Canyon at Thomas Canyon Campground. During the three days, campers were able to participate in activities such as hiking to Island Lake, swimming, and star gazing. Campers also learned Leave no Trace principles and participated in a campfire program talent show. We were thankful for good weather and a fun week in such a beautiful location.

July 27th
Winnemucca Adventure Camp 2

During the week of July 23rd-26th, Nevada Outdoor School held Adventure Camp II at Lye Creek campground near Paradise. The camp kicked off with a day camp in Vesco Park, where campers played get to know you and team building games, and enjoyed an afternoon of swimming. During the campout at Lye Creek, campers learned various survival skills such as fire building, and what to bring in your day pack when going on a hike. Campers were also introduced to archery, a new and fun activity that we have reintroduced this year which campers really enjoyed. Campers also participated in a stewardship project for the forest service, where they cleaned out fire pits at the campgrounds and removed trash from the area. Unfortunately, both nights saw thunderstorms and campers were unable to stay overnight. However, campers were still able to finish the camp at Pioneer Park with a fun day of sports and water games.

July 24th 
Nature at Noon 

Beginning on June 12, Nevada Outdoor School began our annual Nature at Noon summer program at Vesco Park. Nature at Noon allows kids ages 2-8 to learn a wide variety of outdoor topics ranging from animals to space. This year, Nature at Noon is being led by our summer naturalist, Tiana Herrera. On our first day, kids were able to learn about different types of animals by observing pelts, skulls, and tracks. Over the next few weeks, students have learned about worms, birds, bats, and constellations. Kids are able to participate in a variety of activities during Nature at Noon such as crafts, story reading, and fun games. Our largest day at nature at noon had over 20 kids! Our Nature at Noon program takes place on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12-1 at Vesco Park and is free to all participants.  

July 21st
Elko Girls Camp 


The Nevada Outdoor School’s 2018 Girl’s Camp began with an activity-filled day in the Main City Park. The campers and staff played games helping them get to know one another while creating a sense of community. Campers and staff also tie-dyed bandanas, decorated buckets (which they filled with kind notes throughout the rest of camp), and enjoyed an outdoor lunch. In the afternoon, camp traveled to Great Basin College where they tried indoor rock climbing and learned the basics of first aid. Over the next three days campers dove into a variety of outdoor activities including a plant tending service project, hiking, yoga, swimming, and 2 nights of camping. The campers learned the importance of Leave No Trace and mastered basic camping skills. On the final day of camp, the campers received camp awards and their personalized buckets filled with encouraging messages from their peers. 

July 14th
Lassen Volcano Camp 


During the week of July 9-13, Nevada Outdoor School held a new camp at Lassen Volcanic National Park. We received a grant from the Lassen National Park Foundation that allowed us to experience a fun and exciting week filled with ranger-led activities and programs. Fourteen 6th-8th grade campers participated, along with our naturalists, Allana Havernick, Ale Cruz, and Irma Mendoza. Throughout the week, campers participated in activities that were led by Lassen Park rangers, such as hikes, orienteering, bear safety, and forest ecology. They also learned Leave no Trace principles at a ranger-led campfire program. To beat the hot weather, campers swam in one of the many lakes in the park. Both the campers and staff were excited to experience a new camp in a new and beautiful location. We hope to return next year to make more great memories and learn new and exciting things from our friends at Lassen. 

June 30th 
Winnemucca Adventure Camp I


During the final week of June, Nevada Outdoor School held its largest and most popular camp for campers going into 3rd-5th grade. 25 campers participated in a week full of learning and fun activities. Our first three days were held in Vesco and Highland Park, where campers participated in fun-themed days. On Monday, campers played a variety of team building games, where they learned fun facts about each other and made new friends. On Tuesday, campers played a variety of sports games such as kickball, summer, and NOS baseball. On Wednesday, campers played water games in order to beat the hot summer weather, which ended in a big water balloon fight! Finally, we held our overnight campout on Thursday in Water Canyon. Campers learned about Leave no Trace, searched the creek for macroinvertibrates, and watched the sunset after hiking to the overlook. We finished the day with a campfire program and talent show. On the final day, campers participated in a stewardship project and finished the day with a pizza party before they went home.

June 23rd
Elko Adventure Camp 

Elko’s Adventure Camp I provided 3rd – 5th graders with a week of learning and fun. During the first three days of day camp, participants fostered new friendships through team building games and activities. Rock climbing at the Great Basin College Gym was an exciting challenge for all that built trust and confidence. On Tuesday, campers performed their service project in the Elko City Park, weeding gardens, raking playground areas, and having a trash-collection contest. We celebrated their hard work with tie-dye and a nature scavenger hunt. Wednesday was all about outdoor skills and wilderness readiness. Campers learned basic first aid, made mini first aid kits, built tarp shelters, and practiced their skills with a compass. On Thursday, we headed up to the Thomas Canyon Campground for our camp-out. We spent most of the day hiking up the Lamoille Lake trail. Though we did not quite make it there, it was a great experience. For some of the campers, it was their first hike ever. After returning to the campsite and setting up our tents, campers played games and splashed in the river to cool off. That evening, everyone showed off their talents around the campfire and enjoyed s’mores. Friday morning, we packed up and headed down the nature trail to explore the beaver ponds. We finished the week with lunch, crafts, and games at the Powerhouse picnic area. 

June 15th
Winnemucca Girls Camp 

During the week of June 11-14, Nevada Outdoor School kicked off its summer camp season with Girl’s Camp, for girls entering 5th-7th grade. This camp took place at Lake Tahoe and was led by our naturalists Irma Mendoza, Ale Cruz, and Allana Havernick. Ten girls participated in a week full of fun programming activities such as swimming, making tie dye t shirts, and hiking. One of the highlights of the camp was a trip to Tahoe Treetop Adventures, where campers were able to participate in the many high ropes and zip lining activities throughout the forests of Lake Tahoe. Campers also learned outdoor skills such as setting up a campsite and practicing the Leave no Trace principles. It was a fun week of making friends, learning, and having fun!

June 11th
Black Rock Desert Leave No Trace Trainer Course 
Photo Credit: Karina O'Connor 
This past weekend, NOS hosted a LNT Trainer Course with Friends of Black Rock-High Rock in the beautiful Black Rock Desert NCA.  The main audience for this course was Fly Ranch Volunteers and Burning Man staff/volunteers/participants.  Karina O’Connor and her family from Earth Guardians (Burning Man’s Leave No Trace Camp) came out to help contribute to the course. Saturday was WINDY and a little cold but the amazing weather on Sunday more than made up for it. As a group we traveled around to the different hot springs in the area to compare and contrast use level and impacts. Overall, it was a fun course that left participants more knowledgeable about the area, LNT principles and how to personally practice and teach others about responsible recreation. A very big THANK YOU to Karina O’Connor for the fantastic video!

June 6th
NOS Summer Camp Training - Here We Go! 

On June 4th and 5th, NOS staff headed up to Lye Creek in the Santa Rosa range for a two-day campout designed to prepare the AmeriCorps members for the upcoming summer camp season. Everyone was assigned a topic that aligned with their area of expertise and over the course of the two days we learned backcountry first aid, stove safety and fire buidling, how to teach the Leave No Trace principles at camp, team building and name games, the paperwork of camp, behavior management, and much more. In addition to all the learning that we accomplished, the overnight campout was a great opportunity to connect with our cohorts and create an environment of support.     


May 29th
2018 Black Rock Rendezvous Kids Camp!

Over Memorial Day weekend, we joined friends of Black Rock-High Rock, Friends of Nevada Wilderness, and the Winnemucca BLM for the annual Black Rock Rendezvous at the Cassidy Mine above the Playa. Although the weather was a little cold and rainy on Saturday, Sunday was beautiful with sunny skies and warmer temperatures. Kids were able to learn about Leave no Trace, how to build campfires, and how to use a solar oven to make s’mores. We also went on a hike, cleaned up the area, and played a lot of fun games. We had a great weekend with good food and made new friends.


May 24th
4th Grade Ecology Fair

On May 22 and 23, AmeriCorps members from various host sites participated in our annual Ecology Fair at the Winnemucca Community Garden. During this field trip, 4th graders are given the opportunity to travel through the garden to different booths that are ran by the AmeriCorps members. These booths cover topics such as fire safety, seed planting, animal adaptations, and our local ecosystem. We were also joined by representatives from BLM fire and the US Forest Service. Students also participated in a fun, ecology-based scavenger hunt where they had to look for living and non-living things, discover how organisms use water, and look for different sources of water. Thanks to the participation and dedication of our AmeriCorps members, this field trip was a success and a fun way for students to finish the school year.

May 19th
Gerlach Field Trip to Guru Road

Yesterday, NOS worked with the local school kids in Gerlach to take them hiking at a local folk art trail outside of town. This field trip for K-4th graders included students going for a “color hike” and journaling about what they saw. The highlight of this trip was the amazing amount and variety of lizards we saw! It was a beautiful day for hiking (despite the gnats) and students had a great time getting outside, exploring and learning about their public lands. 

May 12th
Winnemucca 3rd Grade Water Canyon Field Trips

During the week of May 8-11, third grade students from Winnemucca and Battle Mountain participated in our annual Water Canyon field trip. During this field trip, students learn about our local ecosystem by participating in several interactive stations. At our first station, students learned about streams by testing the pH, dissolved oxygen, turbidity, and temperature of the water. They were also able to look for macroinvertibrates by using dip nets and identification charts. At our second stop, students learned about the animals and plants that use our local watersheds, and also learned about how they are connected through the food web. At the third station, students learned about the impacts wildfires have on our ecosystem, how they recover, and how to be safe with fire. Finally, students were led on a hike where they learned about the Leave no Trace principles and being responsible outdoors. Although the weather was cold and snowy on our last day, we had a great time educating students about one of our great outdoor recreation areas right in our backyard.

May 6th
Tonopah OHV Registration Event

This past weekend Allana and Ale participated in the Off Highway Vehicle registration in Tonopah, Nevada. The event was meant to register four wheelers, side by sides, and dirt bikes in the local area. Nevada Outdoor School was there to promote the NOS Mission, as well as how to be safe while recreating in the outdoors through Tread Lightly, and Leave No Trace!

May 3
Seeing Impact Project 

For the past two days, Mel, Jessie and Katie were in Reno for the second part of the Nevada Seeing Impact Project hosted by Nevada Volunteers. As part of this training, we are working to effectively evaluate our classroom lessons and field trip programs. It was an intense two days, but we are encouraged by the work we have done and are looking forward to pulling together our final report and being able to share that with others.

April 28th
Valley of Fire Leave No Trace Trainer Courses
This past week, Jessie and Katie were down at Valley of Fire State Park teaching two back-to-back Leave No Trace Trainer courses to a total of 16 AmeriCorps from Great Basin Institute (GBI). As part of this course, participants explored the amazing and beautiful park and camped at a fantastic group use site while learning about the history, mission and principles of LNT. Participants left with the knowledge, skills and motivation to personally practice LNT and share their knowledge with others. A very special thank you to Valley of Fire State Park for allowing us to use their park and group use areas for these courses. 

April 23rd
Earth Day Outdoor Ethics Outreach Events

This past weekend, we brought our Road Show to two Earth Day events: Tahoe/Truckee Earth Day on Saturday and Reno Earth day on Sunday. People who stopped by our booth learned more about Nevada Outdoor School, our programs and responsible recreation. People were encouraged to test their knowledge of Leave No Trace and TREAD Lightly! to win some sweet NOS swag.

April 15th
Girl Scouts Day of Service

NOS partnered with the local BLM office and the Girl Scouts of the Sierra Nevada on April 15th , a Girl Scout national day of service, to complete phase two of “Project Pollinator”. The Girl Scouts who participated in the event helped to fill, “Bee Chateaus” with wooden rounds which will create habitat for solitary bees in Water Canyon. About half way through the project we had a break for a fun and interactive pollinator snack, and learned about Leave no trace and the importance of responsible stewardship of our habitat. NOS also lead a web of life activity with the girls, to reinforce the vital role the bees play in the water canyon ecosystem.

April 14th 
Gerlach School Fly Ranch Field Trip
Yesterday, NOS worked with Friends of Black Rock-High Rock and Burning Man to bring kids from Gerlach School out to the Fly Ranch property located about 20 miles outside of Gerlach.  While on this field trip, the younger students (K-4) used their senses and observation skills to compare and contrast two geysers (Will and Fly) on the property and make predictions about how those two geysers will change over time.  The older group of kids (Grade 5+) took and recorded water quality samples (temperature, dissolved oxygen and pH) from a variety of locations around the big hot spring and Fly Geyser.  The older group also selected three locations for photo point monitoring and made predictions for how they think the property, landscape and geologic features will change over time.  The goal and plan is to make this a reoccurring field trip throughout the year starting in 2018-19.  Students will visit the property once every season to compare/contrast and track changes over time.

April 14th
2nd Grade Watershed Field Trips

During the week of April 9-12, we held our annual Watershed Field trip for second grade students in Winnemucca, Battle Mountain, and Imlay. On this field trip, students learn about our local Watershed, the Humboldt River. We began the field trip with a fun presentation from “thunder and lightning” and a plinko game that showed how water moves from a high to low point in our local watershed. Our stations included interactive activities on topics such as pollution, the ways plants and animals use our local watersheds, the way water moves from tributaries into larger rivers and lakes, and about how water moves from a high to low point by using a large model of a watershed. Students also learned about the steps of the water cycle by learning a fun, catchy song. This was our first of several field trips that allow to students to learn in a fun, effective, and memorable way.

April 9th
Black Rock Desert LNT Trainer Course

This past weekend, NOS partnered with Friends of Black Rock-High Rock to host a Leave No Trace (LNT) Trainer Course out in the beautiful Black Rock Desert. Eighteen people attended this training to learn about the history, mission and principles of LNT. This course focused on the LNT principles in general as well as how they specifically apply to Burning Man’s Fly Ranch property as well as at Burning Man itself. Participants left with the knowledge, skills and motivation to both individually practice LNT and share the message of responsible recreation with others.

April 5th
TREAD Lightly! Master Educator Course
Yesterday, we were honored to have Danielle Fowles from TREAD Lightly! travel from Utah to teach a TL! Master Trainer Course at our office in Winnnemucca.  As part of this training, participants from our Winnemucca and Elko offices as well as AmeriCorps members from Friends of Black Rock High-Rock learned about TL!'s mission, history, principles, and how to facilitate a TL! Trainer Course for others.  We are very appreciative to TL! for this great opportunity and look forward to helping them spread the message of responsible recreation across Nevada!

March 31st
National Association of Interpretation (NAI) Conference in Elko

In late March, Outdoor Ethics Coordinator, Katie Fithian, Elko Director of Programming, Jackie Lucero, California Trail Center Education Program Technician, Tim Burns and Winnemucca Director of Programming, Brandon Allen attended the National Association for Interpretation Certified Interpretive Guide Training. The event was held at the California Trail Interpretive Center. During this training, members learned how to plan and develop effective presentations by creating themes, researching certain topics, and creating an overall outline for programs. There were many hands on activities that involved skits, acting out certain scenarios, and sharing various types of programming from different organizations. On the final day, members presented their final outlines and presentations for their themes. This training allowed us to practice and develop more skills when it comes to delivering effective programming. It was also a great way to meet other organizations and learn about other types of programming such as living history and museums.

March 19th
Reno Motorsports Expo Road Show

NOS’ Traveling Road Show spent March 16-18th at the Reno Motorsports Expo and the Reno Convention Center. Reno Motorsports is a huge event and NOS was able to connect with over 370 people about responsible recreation through Leave no Trace and Tread Lightly! ethics. People who stop by the NOS booth have the opportunity to play our newest outdoor ethics game, “Wheel of Ethics,” a trivia style game about responsible recreation, Ethics ball, or make an outdoor ethics hang tag to take home with them. Reno Motor Sports is a great opportunity for NOS to connect with the motorized community and discuss the impacts and challenges that they are facing.

March 5th
Public Lands Alliance (PLA) Conference in Palm Springs

NOS Executive Director, Melanie Erquiaga, spent the last week of February in warm and sunny Palm Springs, California at the Public Lands Alliance Convention and Trade Show. This is an annual gathering of nonprofit organizations and land management agencies who work together to protect, conserve and enhance visitors’ experiences on public lands. This event builds the capacity of nonprofit public lands partners and gives government leaders the tools necessary to help fulfill their agency missions. This was the first year that Melanie participated in the convention through a scholarship given out by the Public Lands Alliance for the cost of the convention fee and hotel and by Southern Nevada Conservancy who paid for her mileage. She thinks the best benefit of attending the convention is the collaboration of alliances and partnerships she was able to build and secure through her attendance of the educational sessions and roundtable conversations with other nonprofit leaders nationwide.


February 28th
February Classroom Lessons

During the month of February, our monthly classroom lessons switched to our very popular animal theme. Naturalists Allana Havernick and Tiffany Donoho were able to teach a variety of lessons about wildlife adaptations and habitats. Kindergarteners were able to learn about animal tracks by observing plaster molds, while first graders created play-doh animals and habitats. Second graders were able to learn about animal’s eating habits by observing their skulls. They also looked at different animal pelts to learn about the habitats that they live in. Third graders learned all about owls by dissecting real owl pellets and studying the bones that were inside. This gave them an idea about an owl’s prey and where they live. Finally, fourth and fifth graders participated in a new lesson that was offered about beaver adaptations. Students played a true/false game about beavers that cleared up some common misconceptions. A student then volunteered to represent different beaver adaptations by dressing up in various items such as goggles, flippers, and beaver teeth! February was a very fun, exciting, and hands on month for both us and the students.


February 14th
Project Impact Nevada

Over the past two days, Jessie, Mel and Katie attended the first part of Nevada Volunteer’s Project Impact Nevada learning from Dr. Steve Patty and Jessamyn Luis of Dialogues in Action about effective program evaluation. Last year, NOS took part in this process to evaluate our AmeriCorps program as a whole. This year, we are focusing on our classroom lesson and field trip education programs. We will be developing, collecting and analyzing qualitative and quantitative data from these programs to better evaluate our programs and hopefully make them even better!


January 29th
"W" Hike

On January 28th NOS led a community hike to the ‘W’ on Winnemucca Mountain. We exited see that seventeen hikers had shown up for this hike, and looked forward to sharing our passion for the outdoors with them. The hike to the ‘W’ can be difficult, and is just shy of four miles round trip. When the group reached the ‘W’, they paused to rest and get some photos of the view. After a quick rest, the group headed back down the mountain. When we returned the trail head, the group enjoyed some conversation with their friends, before heading home.

January 25, 2018
Thank You Newmont!
A Very special and heart felt THANK YOU! to Newmont Mining Company and all their amazing and generous employees who participate in the Newmont Legacy Fund Employee Giving Program.  Strong community and corporate support from these types of programs mean the world to us at Nevada Outdoor School and help us accomplish our mission to inspire exploration of the natural world, responsible stewardhsip of our habitat and dedication to community.
Thank You Newmont Legacy Fund!

January 15
AmeriCorps Annual MLK Dodge Ball Tournament
This past Saturday was the annual AmeriCorps MLK Dodge Ball Event in Winnemucca.  To learn more about this year's event and how it helped benefit our local communities, check out our NOS Blog by Elisa, an AmeriCorps serving with the Family Support Center:

January 21
Yurt Hike

On January 20th, NOS led a group of hikers up to the Yurt in Water Canyon. The Canyon had gotten a fresh blanket of snow overnight, and even though it made the hike a little more difficult, the snow cover enhanced Water Canyon’s natural beauty. After a fun, but challenging hike, hikers enjoyed a break inside the yurt and refueled with some snacks. This was the first time any of the hikers had been to the yurt, and it is always exciting sharing this unique gem that our community has to offer.  After everyone had a chance to rest, the group headed back down the trail. When we returned to the trail head, we warmed up with some tea and cocoa.

January 5, 2018
Hiking in the New Year!

NOS started the New Year with a night hike along the Interpretive Trail to the Overlook on January 4th. Hikers met at the second restroom site in Water Canyon at 6:00 PM before hitting the trail. Even though the sun had gone down by the time we began, the temperature was still pleasant, and the sky was clear, making it a prime opportunity for star gazing. After a quick .7 miles to the overlook, the group took in the view of the Winnemucca lights, and headed back down the trail to enjoy some hot tea and cocoa at the trail head.

December 17
Outdoor Ethics Club

On December 16th NOS held their 3rd Outdoor Ethics Club meeting. Due to inclement weather, we had to revise our original plans to head to Lamoille canyon, and instead met in water canyon for a hike to the Yurt. Before beginning our hike, we discussed principle 3 of Leave No Trace; Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces, and played durable surface hopscotch. Participants also learned the basic parts of a compass, and also how to use them. During our hike, participants used their newly acquired compass skills determine which way we were traveling, or which direction the clouds were moving. We took a snack break at the yurt, careful not to leave any crumbs behind, and headed back down to the trailhead to drink some hot cocoa.

December 4
We Have a New ATV Safety Institute (ASI) Instructor On Staff!

At the end of November NOS Outdoor Ethics Program Coordinator, Katie Fithian Headed to the Honda Rider Education Center in Colton, California to complete an ATV Safety Institute Instructor Preparation Course. Katie Spent the Week learning how to coach ATV riders on safe and responsible operation of their ATV’s, to become a certified ATV Instructor. Katie Looks forward using this knowledge to help her to promote safe and responsible practices when recreating outdoors.


November 20
Outdoor Ethics Club Meeting 

Nov. 17th was Nevada Outdoor School’s second Outdoor Ethics Club meeting. Participants who attended this meeting began the day learning about the first principle of Leave No Trace, Plan ahead and Prepare, by playing fun and interactive games like, “Will you make it” and “pack your pack.” After our Discussion about planning ahead and being prepared we hit the trail, heading to the “W” on Winnemucca Mountain. On the way back to the trail head participants collected any “MOOP” or “Matter out of place” that they found.

November 17
Community Night Hike

On Nov 16th NOS hosted one of our first “Night Hikes” of the fall/ winter seasons. Even though it was raining, we had 5 hikers show up, eager to explore water canyon in the dark. We outfitted ourselves with the proper rain gear and headlamps or flashlights and hit the trail around 6:00 PM. We hiked the interpretive trail for about .7 miles to the overlook, to view the city lights at night. After taking in the views from the overlook, we headed back to the trail head to sip hot cocoa.

November 15
NOS Classroom Lessons

In the second half of October, we began offering our classroom lessons to local schools in Winnemucca. Naturalists Allana Havernick and Tiffany Donoho began October by teaching students about history, culture, and the changing seasons. In November, we began traveling to our rural schools in places like Paradise Valley, McDermitt, and Denio. Students learned about plants, photosynthesis, and pollination. So far, we have delivered nearly 50 classroom lessons to over 700 students. We are excited to be able to travel to our rural schools more frequently and are looking forward to meeting new teachers and students in the coming months.

November 6
Community Hike
NOS hosted a community hike on November 5th to the ‘W’ on Winnemucca Mountain. Some of our hikers were new to town and were taking advantage of the opportunity to explore the area. The group met at Veterans Memorial park at 10:00 AM and hit the trail from there. When we reached the ‘W’ we stopped to take in the views of Winnemucca and take a group photo. After catching our breath we headed back to the trail head to enjoy some hot cocoa and apple cider before heading our separate ways. NOS hikes are always a great opportunity to connect with the people in our community and bond over our shared passion of getting outdoors.

October 30
Sand Mountain Outdoor Ethics Road Show

NOS spent Halloween weekend at Sand Mountain Recreation area talking to people about outdoor ethics. People who stopped by the NOS booth at Sand Mountain had the opportunity to play Treadpardy or Tread-ball some fun and interactive games about outdoor ethics. NOS also brought Outdoor Ethics Hang tags and handed out literature to participants about responsible outdoor recreation. Every year on Saturday night, NOS assists the BLM by judging the annual “Parade of Lights”. This year there were over 17 official entries in the contest, and many more that participated in the parade just for fun.

 NOS’ spook-tacular outreach booth at Sand Mountain Recreation area

October 26
Outdoor Ethics Club Rockstars! 

On October 25th, Nevada Outdoor School had their first meeting for the Outdoor Club, a club for junior high and high school students which aims to connect youth to the natural world through education, exploration, and stewardship. At this meeting, participants played some fun leave no trace games, removed some non native plants from the native plant educational garden in Water Canyon, and hiked to the overlook to take in some beautiful sunset views. At the end of the meeting participants chatted with their new friends over some hot chocolate or hot apple cider before going home.

  Participants removing some Crested Wheat grass from the native plant garden in Water Canyon
 Participants celebrating the views at the overlook in Water Canyon