What's New at NOS Archive
December 15th, 2015
From everyone here at NOS, we wish you very happy holidays and a fantastic new year!
December 4th, 2015
2015 High School Giving Circle Grant
November, we traveled to the Community Foundation of Western Nevada in
Reno and presented for the High School Giving Circle Grant. We requested
$2,000 to help fund our Rural Schools Program. The Rural Schools
program includes NOS traveling to a variety of rural communities
throughout Humboldt county and surrounding areas to deliver
inquiry-based lessons and field trips to students. We are thrilled to
have been awarded the full amount! Thank you High School Giving Circle
and Community Foundation of Western Nevada, we can’t wait to show you
all the great work we do with this funding!
November 9th, 2015
Valley of Fire Leave No Trace Trainer Course
traveled down to Southern Nevada this past weekend and met up with
Former NOS Executive Director, Andy Hart to run a Leave No Trace Trainer
Course at Valley of Fire State Park. Four participants came for three
days and two nights of fun, exploration and learning. The course
introduced participants to the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoors Ethics
and included in depth activities and discussions around each of the
seven LNT principles and outdoor ethics in general. The weather was
beautiful, the company was fantastic and the scenery was stunning! NOS
will be running two more LNT Trainer Courses at Valley of Fire in April
2016. We hope to see you there!
October 28th, 2015
3rd Grade Farm Field Trip
past two weeks, we hosted field trips for Sonoma Heights, Grass Valley
Elementary, and Winnemucca Grammer School out at Lazy P Adventure Farm.
NOS Naturalists and the Peterson family were busy teaching these lucky
third graders about how agriculture plays a key role in our day-to-day
lives. The kids rotated through four stations - "Life Cycle of a
Pumpkin", "Corn Maze", "Where's the Corn?", and "Farm Animal
Exploration.” They even got to go on a Hay Wagon ride, meet some unique
farm animals in the Petting Zoo, and take home their very own pumpkin!
By the end of the field trip, students learned that many of their
everyday items, like clothing, food products, and even other items like
medicine and plastics, can be traced back to farms like Lazy P. They
were amazed by how much we rely on agricultural products!
October 20th, 2015
Gerlach School LNT Field Trip
we partnered with Friends of Black Rock/High Rock to run a field trip
for Gerlach School. Students first listed the different types of
recreational opportunities that are available in the Black Rock NCA and
then discussed ways people can do those activities responsibly. The kids
then learned about plants and animals in their local environment,
explored the natural world on a hike while recording their observations
in a nature notebook and discussed ways we can practice Leave No Trace
in the outdoors!
October 16th, 2015
graders from Grass Valley Elementary and Sonoma Heights came to the
Winnemucca Community Garden today for this fall’s Harvest Festival. NOS
naturalists, garden volunteers, the Winnemucca Police, and a HGH EMS
team ran six stations teaching participants about how animals prepare
for winter, what plants need to survive, the life cycle of a tree, what
you can find at the garden, Halloween safety and general safety for
kids. The weather was beautiful and the kids had a great time learning
October 14th, 2015
past Saturday, we were out at Grass Valley Elementary School for the OHV
Fair. This fair was a collaborative effort with the Humboldt County
Sheriff’s Office to promote safe and responsible off-road riding
throughout Humboldt County. It was made possible through a grant the
Sheriff’s Office received from the Nevada Off-Highway Vehicle
Commission. At the fair, we had our Road Show with lots of fun games and
activities focused on Tread Lightly! and ATV safety. We also had a
skills course set-up where participants could show off their safe riding
skills and win cool prizes. The Sheriff’s Office was there doing VIN
Inspections and general outreach to the public about important laws. The
fair also included booths and cool displays from the Northern Nevada
ATV Association, the Humboldt General Hospital EMS, the BLM and Friends
of Black Rock-High Rock. Overall, it was an informative and fun event.
Keep an eye out for the next OHV Fair which will take place in the
October 8th, 2015
Lamoille Canyon Field Trip
past weekend we hosted our 5th grade Lamoille Canyon Field Trip. It was a
great success and perfectly timed as the leaves on the trees were all
in the midst of changing to beautiful fall colors. When students
arrived, they were introduced to their trail group leaders and came up
with a group name. The morning consisted of ice breaker activities and
science experiments. After lunch we went off on our hike which was one
of the highlights of the trip. It was an amazing experience for
everyone, but especially for those kids who had never experienced the
wonder of Lamoille Canyon before! The students were all very engaged and
interested in the varying topics throughout the day. After the hike, we
set off to the beaver pond which the kids loved. The beaver adaptations
activity was also very successful and all the students enjoyed dressing
up Mr. Simonson with items representative of specific adaptations of
beavers. After all of the beaver pond activities were finished, it was
time to drive to the closing location where we did post field trip
evaluations. It was great to see just how much the students had learned
in one day, all while having a great time in a beautiful landscape.
September 28th, 2015
Black Rock NPLD Kids Camp
past weekend, NOS was out in the Black Rock for National Public Lands
Day. This was a partner event with the BLM, Friends of Nevada Wilderness
and Friends of Black Rock-High Rock. A great group of people came out
to help clean-up their public lands, remove a fence, have fun and eat
some delicious Dutch Oven food. As part of the event, we ran a kids camp
for ages 5 and up from 8am-4pm. At camp, kids played games, learned
about Leave No Trace, helped pick-up trash, designed fairy shrimp,
tested water quality and much more! It was a ton of fun and the weather
was great! As the cherry on top of a wonderful event, NOS scored first
place in the Dutch Oven Cook-Off side dish category for our Butternut
September 23rd, 2015
Outdoor Ethics Trainings!
Friday, we hosted a Tread Lightly! trainer course at the NOS office. Six
people, including our three new naturalists, our new director of
finance, and two BLM employees attended. Together, they discussed
recreational issues and impacts and on the land and learned techniques
for teaching outdoor ethics to a variety of audiences. Then, on Monday
and Tuesday, our four NOS members were joined by two people from Friends
of Black Rock – High Rock for a Leave No Trace Trainer Course in Water
Canyon. Participants learned about the history and mission of the Leave
No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics and each of the seven principles
while hiking and camping in Water Canyon. Both trainings were tons of
fun and very successful. Congratulations to all course participants. Now
let’s get out there and spread the message of responsible recreation!
September 10th, 2015
Thank You Silver Standard!
Kelly Johnson from Silver Standard Merigold Mining Company presented
NOS with a $1000 check for our 7th Annual Dutch Oven Cook-Off Fundraiser
that took place last month. Thank you Silver Standard and everyone else
who donated for helping us continue to work towards our mission of
inspiring exploration of the natural world, responsible stewardship of
our habitat and dedication to community.
August 25th, 2015
7th Annual Buckaroo Dutch Oven Cook-Off Fundraiser!
7th Annual Buckaroo Dutch Oven Cook-Off Fundraiser was this past
Saturday, August 22nd at Riverview Park. 19 teams competed in this
friendly cooking competition that included 4 different categories
(Youth, Chuck Wagon, Bean Master and IDOS). In addition to the delicious
food, there were also amazing raffle prizes, music, games and face
painting for everyone to enjoy. Thank you to all who came out, supported
NOS and made this year’s event bigger and better than ever! We would
especially like to thank our amazing community judges including Lisa
Campbell, John Ascuaga, Jen Anderson, Sheriff Mike Allen, William Mack,
Judge Michael Montero, Mayor Di Ann Putnam and Blaine Benedict who put
their bellies and palates to the test.
Congratulations to all of this year’s winners including our youngest
People’s Choice Award Winner Ever!
The Results were as follows:
Youth (1 dish):
1st Place – Aly the Ragin’ Cajun
2nd Place – Little Rockin’ R
3rd Place – Boy Scout Troop 223
Chuck Wagon (1 main dish):
1st Place – The Dutch Oven Momma
2nd Place – Black Rock Heat Wave
3rd Place – C Bar M
Bean Master (Main Dish and Desert):
1st Place – Grandma’s Team
2nd Place – Super Nova
3rd Place – Dutchess and the Pauper
IDOS (Main Dish, Side Dish and Desert):
1st Place – The Dutch Diva
2nd Place – Dutch Delights
3rd Place – Tremayne
2015 People’s Choice Award Winner: Little Rockin’ R
you again to everyone and don’t forget to mark your calendar for next
year’s 8th Annual Buckaroo Dutch Oven Cook-Off Fundraiser August 20,
2016. We hope to see you there!
August 13th, 2015
Winnemucca Girls' Camp
week, seven Winnemucca girls enjoyed our Girls Camp, which included
three days in Winnemucca and two days camping in Lamoille Canyon.
Throughout the week, the girls grew as individuals as well as friends.
Monday’s theme was teambuilding, during which girls tackled an obstacle
course together and got to know each other. Tuesday was all about
healthy lifestyles. There was Zumba, crafts, yoga, water relays, and
plenty of laughter. Wednesday was about leadership, and involved a
discussion about what makes someone a leader. They also got the chance
to show off their own leadership skills during a Minute to Win It
competition. That afternoon, the girls left Winnemucca for Lamoille
Canyon and camped out for the night. On Thursday, they explored the
canyon, many for the first time. They went on multiple hikes and took in
the views at a waterfall and the beaver pond. There was a scavenger
hunt, games, hairstyling, and time to relax. In the evening, they
enjoyed s’mores and performed skits, talents, and songs for each other
in the campfire program. Everyone was sad to leave Friday morning, but
enjoyed the rest of the day in Winnemucca, bowling and eating pizza. In
the end, the girls had a long, fun week, and left with new friends and
August 7th, 2015
Winnemucca Boys Adventure Camp
Adventure Camp just finished up after 3 packed days of skill building
and fun. This all boy’s camp started with the campers being divided
right away into two new nations. The campers were able to pick a nation
name, nation uniforms, and even create a new national flag. After being
divided into two teams and creating their nation’s on the first day, the
second day was all about skill building and conditioning. Skills
learned on day two included javelin throwing, water balloon slingshot
launching, knot tying, and block building. In addition to learning new
skills the boys also played games like capture the flag to practice for
the final day battle of nations. Finally the third day brought together
everything done previously at camp; the two nations spent hours
strategizing and planning for a simulated battle. During the battle each
nation had to be coordinated and work together to accomplish different
challenges on the battlefield using the skills learned earlier. In the
end the battle was a draw and the two nations united together after
learning that fighting each other wasn’t helping anyone. The final day
concluded with a feast of pizza and root beer floats that solidified the
new unity of nations.
August 6th, 2015
NOS Welcomed to Elko
the Elko County Board of Commissioners read an official proclamation
welcoming Nevada Outdoor School to the greater Elko community and
encouraged citizens there to support us in our activities.
very appreciative of this support and look forward to working even more
the Elko community to inspire exploration of the natural world,
responsible stewardship of our habitat and dedication to community.
July 31st, 2015
Reno ATV Camp
past two days, NOS has been in the Reno area for the last of our three
ATV camps. A total of 12 kids participated in this camp held at the
Verdi Community and Nature Center. Over the two days, campers
participated in teambuilding activities, played games, made solar pizzas
and learned about safe and responsible riding practices including how
to be rider active and Tread Lightly! in the outdoors. This was the
first ATV camp NOS has offered in the Reno area and we were blown away
by the enthusiasm for this type of programming. Special thanks to NDOW
for letting us use the facility. We hope to be back next year!
July 27th, 2015
Adventure Camp 2
Camp 2 recently finished after a full week of fun and wilderness
survival skills. Campers learned how to start a fire using a bow drill,
collect water from plants, build a shelter, and much more. After
learning these skills, campers were able to test them in a simulation
plane crash survival event up at Lye Creek Campground in the Santa Rosas
during a two night camp out. The campers were given a new identity and
had to work together to survive after the crash and learn each other’s
strengths. The camp was followed up with pizza and bowling at Spare Time
July 25th, 2015
Winnemucca ATV Rider Camp
boys attended this year’s ATV Rider Camp in Winnemucca. They all had a
great time getting to know each other, playing games, eating solar pizza
and learning about safe and responsible riding. The first day of camp
focused on ATV safety. Campers learned about the proper safe riding gear
and the importance of being “rider active” and never riding two-up on a
single person ATV. The second day, campers where introduced to the idea
of “Tread Lightly!” and how to responsibly recreate in the outdoors.
The last day of camp was held at the Winnemucca Sand Dunes where all six
boys completed a hands-on rider course where they actively learned and
demonstrated safe riding.
July 21st, 2015
Elko Summer Camps
past week, we hosted two summer camps in Elko, NV: ATV Rider Camp and
Girls’ Camp. At ATV Rider camp, participants actively learned about safe
and responsible riding including proper safety gear, how to be “rider
active” and how to Tread Lightly! while exploring the outdoors. At
Girls’ Camp, participants went swimming, crafted, played games and even
got to go explore and hike in Lamoille Canyon! Thank you to all our
great participants, we look forward to hosting more summer programs in
Elko next year!
July 13th, 2015
Dutch Oven Cooking Workshop
past Saturday, Terry Bell “The Dutch Diva” and her husband Randy Bell
“The Dutch Dude” came to Winnemucca to teach a Dutch Oven cooking
workshop at the NOS office. There was a beginner session in the morning
and an advanced session in the afternoon. Some of the dishes cooked
included beef stew, coconut pecan brownies, gorgonzola and mushroom
stuffed flank steak, parmesan crusted rolls and carrot cake cheese cake!
It was a great day filled with tons of fun, lots of laughs and of
course, super good food.
Dutch Diva and Dude will be back in Winnemucca along with lots of other
great cooks for our 7th annual Dutch Oven Cook-Off and Fundraiser on
August 22nd. We hope to see you there!
July 9th, 2015
Adventure Camp 1 is in Full Swing
Camp 1 is halfway through its second week. Campers have been enjoying
some fresh air while being able to explore Vesco Park as well as the
Winnemucca Community Garden. With plenty of games like Ninja Time,
Capture the Flag, Moon Ball, and more the campers build teamwork and
communication skills with fellow youth. Some activities have included
investigating micro and macro nature, exploring Tread Lightly, going on
nature hikes and even some eating challenges. To end the camp, there is a
Survivor-esque day full of challenges that tests the skills the campers
have been further developing throughout camp. With a one overnight camp
out, campers get to enjoy a campfire program with skits and songs and
feast on delectable camp food. This camp is offering children a great
week of adventure during their summer break!
June 24th, 2015
Family Gardening Hour #1
first Family Gardening Hour for summer 2015 was this past Saturday, June
20th at the Community Garden. We had an amazing turnout with 27
participants, 17 of which were children! We started with a quick tour of
the garden, stopping to look at the pavilion, BLM fire safety house,
and the Plant a Row for the Hungry plots. After the tour, we read “Fairy
Houses” by Tracy Kane, a book that teaches what fairy houses are and
how to build them in the outdoors. Children then had the choice to build
their own fairy houses near the Children’s Garden or to plant in the
garden. They all created and had a chance to show off their fairy houses
made out of natural materials. Afterwards, every child also decided to
help plant. We had both vegetable and flower seeds but they all chose to
plant flowers. At the end of the hour, families were given garden
starters and a variety of different seed packets to take home with them.
Overall, it was a huge success! We look forward to seeing everyone come
back to see their flowers growing and to have new families come and
enjoy the hour in the garden. The next Family Gardening Hour will be
Saturday, July 18th at the Winnemucca Community Garden. We hope to see
June 16th, 2015
2015 Sierra Summit Camp!
year’s Sierra Summit Camp was held in Tahoe City, California at Camp
Noel Porter. The kids, all incoming 7th graders from Winnemucca, spent 4
days bonding through games and activities. Campers enjoyed hiking,
kayaking, paddle boarding, beach time and even a campfire. All were
grinning ear to ear each and every day as they participated in the
different activities. For many of the campers, these were new and
exciting opportunities. The tent cabins which they called home for 3
nights became less scary and more of a safe place in which they begged
to go into every night to spend more time with their new friends. On the
last night of camp, following the heartfelt campfire, there were songs
being sung that echoed through camp as they prepared themselves to say
goodbye. At the end of camp each camper eagerly shared their favorite
memories and exclaimed that they will never forget their time spent with
June 13th, 2015
Nevada Outdoor Experience
Road Show was at the Nevada Outdoor Experience event in Carson City
today promoting responsible recreation in the outdoors through Tread
Lightly!, Leave No Trace and ATV safety education and outreach. People
who came by the NOS booth answered questions on our TreadPardy board
and/or outdoor ethics ball, made TL! and LNT hang-tags, and even had the
opportunity to put on their safety gear and get a cool Polaroid picture
taken on our sweet youth ATV. Overall, it was a ton of fun and great
event! We hope to be back next year.
June 8th, 2015
National Trails Day in Water Canyon
a great time this past Saturday celebrating National Trails in Water
Canyon! This event officially kicked off our Water Canyon Summer Hike
Series which will take place throughout the summer. Community members
came out to hike the interpretive trail while learning about the history
and culture of Water Canyon. After the hike, we had refreshments and
enjoyed the beautiful morning and scenery. The next hike will be
Saturday June 27th at 10am (meeting at the 1st restroom site). We hope
to see you there!
June 4th, 2015
Welcome New AmeriCorps Summer Members!
NOS's AmeriCorps Program welcomed 8 new 300 hour summer members! Five
of our new members will be serving with two of our environmental host
sites: Friends of Nevada Wilderness and Friends of Black Rock-High Rock.
Two of the new members will be serving in Winnemucca with Nevada
Outdoor School and one member will be serving in Lovelock with Frontier
Community Action Agency!
May 31st, 2015
NOS's New Leave No Trace Master Educator
of Programming, Jessica Snaman, was in Minnesota this past week
attending a Front Country Leave No Trace (LNT) Master Educator Course at
the Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center in Finland. As part of
this course, Jessie worked with other educators and outdoor enthusiasts
to gain a deeper understanding about the Leave No Trace Center for
Outdoor Ethics, the seven principles and how to run an effective LNT
Some highlights from Jessie’s trip included seeing Lake Superior for the
first time ever, exploring some of MN’s beautiful State Parks along
Highway 61, touring Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center, meeting
amazing people and seeing a bear!
NOS is now proud to offer both Leave No Trace and Tread Lightly! Trainer
Courses. If you are interested in becoming a trainer or learning more
about responsible recreation practices, contact NOS today!
May 14th, 2015
Everyone Loves a Fair!
year’s 3rd annual 4th grade Ecology Fair took place May 12th and 13th at
the Winnemucca Community Garden. The goal of this field trip is to
give students an opportunity to control their own learning through
hands-on, interactive and engaging activities. Many volunteers came
together to help make this year’s Fair a success! Students were given
passports and time to travel around a wide variety of booths and learn
about different aspects of ecology. They got to hold worms, spin a
wheel to learn about scat, try to catch food using different types of
bird beaks, use firefighting equipment, erode mountains, plant seeds and
much, much more! In addition to the fair, students also went on a
scavenger hunt around the garden evaluating the interaction between
living and non-living things and played a game where they turned into
birds preying on worms to see how camouflage helps species better
survive in certain environments. Overall it was TONS of FUN! Thank
you to all our volunteers and participants.
May 8th, 2015
3rd Grade Water Canyon Field Trip
week, 3rd graders in Winnemucca took an exciting and fun-filled field
trip to Water Canyon with Nevada Outdoor School. Students rotated around
four stations exploring and learning about this local ecosystem. Groups
hiked along the interpretive trail learning about the flora, fauna and
history of Water Canyon, engaged in water quality testing to learn about
stream ecology, explored the process of succession to evaluated how
Water Canyon has changed since it was burned and looked at how all
different parts of an ecosystem are connected in a fun web of life
April 22nd, 2015
Earth Day... More Like Earth Week!
though Earth Day is officially today, we started our celebrations
earlier this week and plan to continue them through this weekend.
kicked off Earth Week (National Environmental Education Week) last
Saturday in Squaw Village at Tahoe Earth Day. We set-up our Road Show
and talked with people about responsible recreation in the outdoors. On
Monday, we partnered with Friends of Black Rock/High Rock to take
Gerlach students on a fieldtrip where they explored wildflowers and used
citizen science techniques to record their data. Students also
evaluated the impact invasive species have in an ecosystem and things
they can do to help prevent the spread of invasive species to new areas.
This afternoon, our Education Team is heading to Elko to run our 2nd
grade fieldtrip where students will be exploring their local watershed.
Finally, we will be wrapping up our Earth Week celebrations this Sunday
at Reno Earth Day. Look for our Road Show booth and stop by to test your
knowledge of responsible recreation or make a cool hangtag for your
backpack or to use as a bookmark. We hope to see you there! Happy Earth
April 16th, 2015
New Tread Lightly! Trainers
Zack, Lauren, Jason (Elko BLM) and Nancy (Wells Forest Service) on
becoming new Tread Lightly! Trainers! They took the TL! Trainer Course
this past Tuesday at the Elko BLM Office and are now ready to go out and
spread the message of responsible recreation through outdoor ethics
education, outreach and stewardship!
If you are interested in becoming a Tread Lightly! trainer, contact Nevada Outdoor School.
April 10th, 2015
April is Watershed Field Trip Month
month, hundreds of second grade students throughout northern Nevada will
be exploring their local watershed on NOS’s exciting Watershed Field
Trip. This unique experience starts by having students become
contestants on a fun and informative game show: Watershed Plinko – Race
to the Humboldt! After, students travel around a variety of stations to
discover what a watershed is, how people, plants and animals interact
with our watershed and the impacts we have on it.
March 25th, 2015
Reno Motorsports Expo
the second year in a row, our Road Show made an appearance at the Reno
Motorsports Expo and was a huge hit! New this year, we brought our youth
ATV and Polaroid camera to capture shots of kids “riding” safely (and
looking super cool). Once again, we shared space with Friends of Black
Rock-High Rock and spread the message of responsible recreation through
Tread Lightly!, Leave No Trace and ATV safety activities and
informational handouts. People were encouraged to answer questions on
our outdoor ethics ball or TreadPardy board to earn a chance to spin our
NOSome wheel and win prizes ranging from pencils and stickers to a
garden starter kit. Overall, it was a great event! We hope to see you
there next year.
March 16th, 2015
Cabela's Spring Great Outdoor Days Event
Road Show display was at the Cabela’s Store in Reno this past weekend
for their Spring Great Outdoors Day event. While there, NOS spread the
message of responsible recreation by encouraging people to answer
questions on our Outdoor Ethics ball and Treadpardy display. Many people
also stopped by our booth to make Leave No Trace and Tread Lightly!
hang-tags to tie onto their backpacks or use as book marks. We were also
promoting our 7th annual Buckaroo Dutch Oven Cook-Off scheduled for
August 22nd. Look for our Road Show display this weekend at the
Motorsports Expo taking place in the Reno-Sparks convention center
Friday, Saturday and Sunday. We hope to see you there!
March 10th, 2015
Our Lessons are Full of Energy this Month!
lessons this month, some students will experiment with sun print paper,
solar beads, solar ovens and melting ice cubes to learn about the power
of the sun. Other kids will create energy chains to model how energy
makes its way from the sun to us or sort through “trash” to discover the
hidden energy in objects we sometimes throw away. Additionally, some
students will explore what gives people, animals, objects and machines
the ability to move and survive and experiment with sounds waves.
These energetic March lessons and many more can be found on our website!
March 2nd, 2015
Outdoor Ethics in Southern Nevada!
Director of Programming, Jessica Snaman was in Southern Nevada last week
spreading the message of responsible recreation. Over the weekend,
Jessica set up our Road Show display (pictured above) at the Valley of
Fire State Park Visitor Center. Visitors had a chance to learn about
NOS, Tread Lightly! and Leave No Trace through discussion, interactive
activities and making hang-tags. Over 200 stopped by to learn about
outdoor ethics! On Monday and Tuesday of last week, Jessica worked with
the Lifetime Adventures After-School Program to talk with middle school
students about Tread Lightly! Students participated in activities
focused on litter and then discussed what they individually and
collectively could do to make a positive impact on the natural world.
February 16th, 2015
Congratulations New Tread Lightly! Trainers
held a Tread Lightly! Trainer Course at the Friends of Nevada Wilderness
office in Sparks, NV on Sunday February 15th. Nine people, including
Friends of Nevada Wilderness staff and volunteers and even two OHV
enthusiasts from southern Oregon attended. During the trainig,
participants learned about the history and mission of Tread Lightly! We
all discussed responsible recreation practices and how to share and
spread that message to the public. Congratulations to all the new TL!
Trainers! If you are interested in becoming a TL! Trainer or learning
more about responsible recreation, contact NOS.
January 23rd, 2015
NOS attends PTA Meeting
took advantage of a great opportunity last night to inform community
members about our organization as well as showcase some of our
educational programming at Grass Valley Elementary PTA meeting. Over 60
parents, teachers and students attended. After official business was
addressed, everyone was given the opportunity to go around to four
different NOS activities set up around the room; a skins and skulls
touch table, H2Olympics, bubble science and seed planting. It was a fun
time for all!
January 20th, 2015
100% Board Giving!
Outdoor School's Board of Directors was awarded Community Foundation of
Western Nevada's 100% Board Giving Award for 2014. This means that
100% of Nevada Outdoor School's Board members made financial gifts to
our organization in addition to the numerous hours they volunteer and
regular in-kind contributions. The leadership and dedication to the NOS
mission this award represents should certainly be commended, so thank
you to all of our Board members!
NOS was one of 90 organizations across Nevada to receive the award in
2014 with total contributions from the Board members of those
organizations giving a very impressive $2.68 million dollars. Learn
more about this award at: http://nevadafund.org/about-us/projects-programs/100-giving-board-award/
January 12th, 2015
Winter Time in Water Canyon
snow, no problem! NOS’s second “snowshoe hike” was this past Saturday
morning in Water Canyon. Even though there was no snow, eleven people
showed up to hike the interpretive trail and enjoy the wonderful
“winter” weather. While on the trail, participants learned about the
history and culture of Water Canyon and were introduced to the seven
Leave No Trace principles. Afterwards, everyone enjoyed some delicious
hot cocoa and tea.
Don’t forget, our next snowshoe hike is scheduled for Wednesday,
February 4th at 6pm. It’s going to be a moonlight hike! We hope to see
you there. Think snowy thoughts!
December 10th, 2014
It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year!
helped spread the holiday cheer this past weekend at the Winnemucca
Parade of Lights on Saturday night and a fun winter hike in Water Canyon
on Sunday afternoon.
The theme of this year’s parade was a vintage Christmas. NOS invited
onlookers to journey back with us in our vintage winter wonderland. The
classic scene we created showed the perfect spot for friends and family
to camp and play together outdoors: roasting marshmallows, building
snowmen and snowshoeing through the mountains. During the parade, we
tossed out smores granola bars advertising this winter’s snowshoe hikes,
the first of which was on the 6th. Although there was no snow for
snowshoeing, we still got out and enjoyed the winter weather along the
interpretive trail in Water Canyon. Participants learned about the
history and culture of this local recreation area and enjoyed yummy hot
cocoa and tea at the end. There are two more hikes scheduled for this
winter, January 10th and February 4th. Think snowy thoughts!
December 5th, 2014
December Lessons ROCK!
lessons ROCK! Throughout the month, kids in grades K-4 will be
learning all about rocks. Students will examine and describe the
observable characteristics of rocks, how they make up Earth’s crust, how
they erode and even what they are composed of (minerals). Also in
December, 5th graders are having a shocking good time studying static
electricity and students in 6th grade are cleaning up nicely for the
upcoming holidays by studying how water can become polluted and then
working together to purify a dirty water sample.
November 14th, 2014
Science Day in Orovada
November 6th, students from Kings River, Orovada, Denio, Fields, and
Paradise Valley came together at the Orovada Community Center for a day
of science and fun! NOS, the University of Nevada – Reno, PTO members
and local volunteers partnered on this event to give students in our
rural communities a day full of wonder and excitement for science.
Students visited five stations to learn about exciting science topics
such as signs of animals, fossils and astronomy.
November 4th, 2014
Halloween at Sand Mountain
Jessica (Snaman and Page) spent Halloween at Sand Mountain spreading the
message of responsible recreation and ATV safety. They arrived on
Friday and got right to work talking with the public about Tread
Lightly! (TL!) and hands-on ATV rider courses NOS offers to youth and
adults. Although the wind was crazy and the weather forecast threatened
rain, thousands of people came out for a weekend of riding and
festivities. For the third year in a row, NOS teamed up with the BLM
and judged the annual Halloween Parade of Lights. Almost thirty people
entered this year’s parade and it was a sight to see!
Keep checking NOS’s upcoming events and look for our Road Show coming to an event near you!
October 28th, 2014
Get Outdoors Nevada Day
past Saturday, NOS’s “Road Show” was at Craig Ranch Regional Park in Las
Vegas for Get Outdoors Nevada Day. This event was presented by the
Outside Las Vegas Foundation in partnership with the City of Las Vegas.
Hundreds of people stopped by NOS’s booth to learn about responsible
recreation (Tread Lightly! and Leave No Trace) and ATV safety. Some
kids even had a Polaroid picture taken on our sweet new 90cc ATV. Of
course, before getting on the ATV, they made sure to have on all their
safety gear. Luckily, NOS has super stylish and awesome helmets,
goggles and gloves for kids to ride safely. Funding for this new ATV and
youth safety gear was generously provided through a grant from Nevada
State Parks Recreational Trails Program.
Remember, NOS offers hands-on ATV Rider Courses for youth and adults.
Sign up for one today!
October 21st, 2014
Lamoille Canyon Clean Up
support at this past Saturday’s Lamoille Canyon clean up was amazing!
22 volunteers came to help restore the natural beauty of the canyon by
cleaning up unsightly garbage from high use areas. This event was
organized by a group effort between NOS, the US Forest Service and
AmeriCorps members. Volunteers enjoyed the beautiful changing colors of
the aspen trees and the gorgeous views of the canyon as they helped to
keep this place clean and enjoyable for public use. After the clean up,
there was a delicious Dutch oven lunch. NOS encourages everyone to
venture out and enjoy Lamoille Canyon responsibly. Please be mindful of
this natural beauty and help by doing your part to keep this place
clean and pristine for future generations to come.
October 17th, 2014
was the 3rd annual Harvest Festival at the Winnemucca Community Garden!
183 second graders rotated around 6 stations run by NOS, the Community
Garden, The US Forest Service and The Bureau of Land Management.
Participants learned about how animals prepare for winter, the life
cycle of a tree, what plants need to grow, pollination, and fire safety.
They also participated in a scavenger hunt around the garden. The ever
changing weather kept us on our toes, but overall it was a great day!
Smokey Bear even made an appearance to send everyone off!
October 14th, 2014
Water Canyon Clean-Up
past Saturday was NOS’s Water Canyon Clean-Up. The weather and scenery
were perfect! Eleven people worked together to pick up trash at the
back campground and along the trail. A special thanks goes out to the
Winnemucca BLM office for the supplies and support that helped make this
event possible. Water Canyon is a wonderful place close to Winnemucca
for all types of recreation including hiking, camping, four-wheeling,
fishing and hunting. NOS encourages all users to Tread Lightly! and “Do
their Part” to keep this place clean and open for future generations to
September 20th, 2014
National Public Lands Day
Outdoor School joined up with the BLM, Friends of Nevada Wilderness,
Friends of Black Rock High Rock, keen volunteers and some adventurous
youth for 2014 National Public Lands Day in the Pine Forest Range. Trash
was removed from around Blue Lakes, Onion Reservoir and associated
campgrounds, brush was cleared from trails and roads, bathrooms were
cleaned and kiosks spruced-up with some new paint. There was plenty for
everyone to eat thanks to a Dutch oven pot luck dinner and with the
aspen turning color, we think the camp spot was pretty tough to beat.
September 12th, 2014
AmeriCorps 20th Anniversary Service Event
Nevada Outdoor School AmeriCorps Program began the 2014-15 year in
September with 14 members serving in communities across northern Nevada
and one member serving with Friends of Nevada Wilderness in Las Vegas.
Nevada Outdoor School welcomes three new AmeriCorps members, Josh
Phillipps, Jessica Page and Patrick Connelly. They have relocated to
Winnemucca from Wisconsin, Michigan and Minnesota and we are happy they
have chosen to spend this year in Nevada!
NOS AmeriCorps members traveled to Reno on September 12th to
participate in AmeriCorps 20th Anniversary Nationwide Pledge and
National Service Event. AmeriCorps members from all of the northern
Nevada programs worked alongside AmeriCorps alums, City of Reno
employees, and other community members to clean up a section of the
August 23rd, 2014
6th Annual Buckaroo Dutch Oven Cook-Off
6th Annual Buckaroo Dutch Oven Cook-Off, Nevada Outdoor School's Annual
Fundraiser, was the biggest and best yet! Check out the list of winners
on our Cook-Off Page or follow this link for More Photos.
All of us at NOS want to offer a very heart-felt thank you to everyone
who came out to support the event, the cooks, the judges, volunteers,
public tasters and sponsors! What a fantastic day!
August 12th, 2014
Winnemucca Girls Camp!
week, girls going into 5th-7th grade participated in Girls Camp. Each
day of the week focused on a different theme: Teambuilding, Healthy
Lifestyles, Future Careers, Self-Expression, and Diversity. Depending on
the theme of the day, the girls were involved in different activities
such as; up-cycling old plastic bags and t-shirts, going on hikes,
dressing up as famous women for a photo shoot, exploring Great Basin
College, searching for Macro-Invertebrates, and different types of
games. The girls also met with Mayor Putnam and were very excited to do a
game of Pictionary with her. Shelby, a chemistry teacher at Lowry High
School, inspired the girls through different demonstrations and through
different chemical mixing the girls were able to do to sign up for her
chemistry class in the future. On Thursday night, all of the girls took
part in different skits and songs for our campfire program and stayed
the night in Water Canyon. We closed off the week with a celebration at
Spare Time Bowling to remember all that the girls had learned and
enjoyed throughout camp.
August 6th, 2014
past week, NOS was excited to be represented and share our knowledge at
the Nevada Tahoe Teacher STEM Institute (NTTSI) in Incline Village.
Director of Programming, Jessica Snaman, presented a session to
participants about the Risk Assessment and Ethics of Teaching Outdoors.
The overall goal of this presentation was to encourage teachers to take
their students outside and build connections with the natural world.
Over 50 teachers from across Nevada attended this institute. At the
institute, teachers learned about the Tahoe region, the Nevada Academic
Contents Standards in Science/Next Generation Science Standards, and
STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). Overall, it was
an amazing week filled with lots of smiles, laughs, and information!
July 24th, 2014
More Progress on Buckskin and Table Mountain ATV Loop
Buckskin and Table Mountain ATV Loop project, a partnership between NOS,
NV State Parks and the USDA Forest Service, is a little nearer to
completion with the installation of this kiosk, a few more directional
signs and another ATV cattle guard. This kiosk will soon house a map of
these multi-use recreational loops along with information on responsible
recreation, safety, and the flora and fauna of the Santa Rosas. Many
thanks to our volunteers, Tommy and Jack, from the Northern Nevada ATV
Association who spent a long hard day in the field helping to make this
project a success!
June 23rd, 2014
New Van for NOS
Outdoor School received a lift recently, thanks to this new van! Our
long time partners at NV Energy generously donated a well loved and well
maintained 2008 Ford 15-passenger van which will benefit several NOS
summer programs and staff travel needs. Thank you NV Energy!
May 16th, 2014
week, 4th grade students in Winnemucca spent part of their day at the
Winnemucca Community Garden engaging in self-directed exploration of
ecology topics. For the second year now, Nevada outdoor School's Ecology
Fair was a big success. Several facilitators reported students taking
concepts they had learned on the Lovelock Cave field trip last week and
applying it to make new connections with topics at Ecology Fair. That is
inquiry-science at it's finest and it warms our hearts. This event
would not be so awesome without the support of many volunteers and
partner organizations including the Bureau of Land Management, USDA
Forest Service, Winnemucca Community Garden, Trout Unlimited, Nevada
Department of Environmental Protection, Barrick Gold Corp., and the NOS
April 21st, 2014
New Watershed Model and Field Trips
Nevada Outdoor School recently acquired a new table-top watershed model.
This sharp-looking and interactive tool will help young students to
visualize how water moves in a watershed, while older students will be
able to experiment with how various natural and man-made impacts and
mitigation can influence run-off and point and non-point source
pollution. Nevada Outdoor School educators put this new tool to use
right away this past week as we kicked off the busy spring field trip
season and observed National Environmental Education Week with three
days of outdoor watershed education for second grade students in Elko.
April 15th, 2014
21st Century Conservation Service Corps
Working on the Buckskin Loop Trail, a Nevada Outdoor School 21CSC Project in the Santa Rosa Mountains
Nevada Outdoor School was recently welcomed as an organizational member
of the 21st Century Conservation Service Corp, or 21CSC for short. We
are very excited about this new partnership program which has the
ambitious, but achievable, goal of engaging 100,000 young Americans and
veterans in conservation service each year. These service members will
be building and sustaining trails, preparing communities to deal with
wildfire, removing invasive plants from public lands, enhancing
community recreation spaces, providing educational and interpretive
programs and much more. Corporate financial support and job pathways for
21CSC participants will be an important part of the partnership. Check
out 21CSC to learn more.
March 21st, 2014
Reno Expo 2014
past weekend, Nevada Outdoor School had a booth at the Reno Expo
promoting responsible recreation and ATV safety! It was a great weekend
full of fun, smiles and knowledge. Attendees walking past our booth
where asked to step in and test their knowledge of responsible
recreation for a chance to spin a wheel and win some sweet prizes such
as Tread Lightly! (TL!) stickers and pencils, a Leave No Trace (LNT)
frisbee and even a Galileoscope (which was a HUGE hit!)
The overall reception was fantastic! We had people of all ages and from
many different places stop by and talk to us about how they can
responsibly recreate on their public lands to keep them open for
generations to come.
Thank you to our partner organization, Friends of Black Rock High Rock,
for sharing this space and amazing opportunity. We hope to see everyone
there next year!