What's New at NOS Archive

December 15th, 2015

Happy Holidays!

3rd Grade Farm FT

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

3rd Grade Farm FT

In 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

3rd Grade Farm FT

Jessie 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

3rd Grade Farm FT

The 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

Gerlach Kids exploring outside

Yesterday, 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

Harvest Festival

Harvest Festival

Second 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 outdoors!

October 14th, 2015

OHV Fair!

Fall OHV Fair

This 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 spring!

October 8th, 2015

Lamoille Canyon Field Trip

Kids exploring Lamoille Canyon

This 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

Kids on Playa at NPLD

This 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 Squash Casserole!

September 23rd, 2015

Outdoor Ethics Trainings!

LNT in Water Canyon

Last 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!

Check presentation

Yesterday, 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!

2015 DOCO Winners

Our 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

Thank 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

Girls' Campers in Lamoille Canyon

Last 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 new experiences.

August 7th, 2015

Winnemucca Boys Adventure Camp

Boys 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

Yesterday, 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.

We are 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

2015 Reno ATV Camp

The 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

2015 Adventure Camp 2

Adventure 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 Bowling.

July 25th, 2015

Winnemucca ATV Rider Camp

2015 Winnemucca ATV Rider Campers

Six 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

Girls in Lamoille Canyon

This 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

The Dutch Diva Cooking

This 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.

The 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

Tents at Ad Camp 1 campout

Adventure 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

Family Gardening Hour

The 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 you there!

June 16th, 2015

2015 Sierra Summit Camp!

Sierra Sumit Camp

This 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 NOS.

June 13th, 2015

Nevada Outdoor Experience

Road Show Booth

Our 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

Post Hike Picnic in Water Canyon

We had 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!

AmeriCorps Summer Members

Recently, 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

Jessie in MN

Director 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 Trainer Course. 
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!

2015 Ecology Fair

This 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

Water Quality Testing

This 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 activity.

April 22nd, 2015

Earth Day... More Like Earth Week!

Tahoe Earth Day

Even though Earth Day is officially today, we started our celebrations earlier this week and plan to continue them through this weekend.

We 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 Week!

April 16th, 2015

New Tread Lightly! Trainers

TL! Trainers

Congratulations 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

Watershed Field Trip

This 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

NOS Road Show Display

For 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

NOS Road Show Display

Our 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!

100% Giving Award

During 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!

100% Giving Award

Our 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

NOS 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

100% Giving Award

NOS 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!

100% Giving Award

Nevada 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

No 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!

NOS float for Parade of Lights

We 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!

kids studying rocks

December 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

On 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

TL! Pumpkin

Team 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

NOS's new ATV

This 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

Volunteers in Lamoille

Volunteer 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

Harvest Festival

Smokey and NOS

Wednesday 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

NOS AmeriCorps picking up trash

This 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 come.


September 20th, 2014

National Public Lands Day

Dutch Ovens - Yum!

Nevada 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

service event

The 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!

Thirteen 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 Truckee River.

August 23rd, 2014

6th Annual Buckaroo Dutch Oven Cook-Off

Dutch Ovens - Yum!

The 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!

Girls Camp

Last 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

This 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 Kiosk

The 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

New Van

Nevada 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

Ecology Fair

4th Grade Students at Ecology Fair

This 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 AmeriCorps Program.

April 21st, 2014

New Watershed Model and Field Trips

Watershed Model

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

Reno Expo Booth
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

Reno Expo Booth

This 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!