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  • Defending The Desert 1 RSVP

    Wednesday, February 21, 2018 at 06:30 PM
    Sierra Club in Las Vegas, NV


    Friends of Nevada Wilderness is teaming up with the Sierra Club for a night of Defending The Desert.

    You are invited to the Sierra Club's Las Vegas office to learn about public lands issues in Southern Nevada including the proposed military land withdrawal from the Desert National Wildlife Refuge. We will also discuss strategy on how to keep more public lands in public hands. It is by individual effort that the areas we enjoy and recreate within are protected for further generations.

    This is night is intended to make attendees aware of certain political and organizational procedures that lead to land protections and inform them on what they can do to get involved. Signing petitions and forwarding information is a simple and free way to get started. We will show you just how important those little steps are to winning the tug-o-war over public lands.

    Please RSVP so we can plan accordingly.  If you have questions or concerns give us a call at our office (702) 515-5417.

    See you there!

  • Friends Appreciation Picnic! 9 RSVPs

    Saturday, February 24, 2018 at 12:30 PM
    Desert National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center in Las Vegas, NV


    Friends of Nevada Wilderness is excited to recognize 2017's awesome volunteers, members and friends at our annual Friends Appreciation Picnic!  This event is to celebrate YOU and thank you for your support of Friends of Nevada Wilderness - whether you volunteered on a project, signed a petition, or donated - we want you there to celebrate.

    Join us at the Desert National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center on February 24th from 12:30 to 2:30.  Get ready for a potluck style picnic - we'll provide the main course, refreshments, and dessert.  Bring your favorite side dish or dessert and/or a salsa to enter into our Salsa Contest!  And of course, we'll have a fun Wilderness game to play.  There's no studying necessary, you'll have everything you need at the picnic and you could win a prize!

    We truly appreciate all of our supporters and will recognize some of last year’s rockstars and standout partners.

    Please RSVP so we can plan accordingly.  If you have questions or concerns give us a call at our office (702) 515-5417.

    See you there!

  • Wild Speaker Series 2 RSVPs

    Thursday, March 01, 2018 at 06:45 PM
    REI - Boca Park in Las Vegas, NV

    Humans & Frogs: How our similarities to frogs could be key to protecting them from disease


    The relict leopard frog once inhabited aquatic ecosystems in Utah, Arizona, and Nevada but since, populations have experienced a drastic decline and now they only occur naturally in two general areas both in the Lake Mead National Recreation Area. This decline was likely due to various factors such as habitat destruction, alteration of disturbance regimes, and the introduction of non-native predators and competitors. We, however, have found that the decline may have also been facilitated by an emergent disease (ie: chytrid fungus). I will explain how we can exploit our physiological similarities to these frogs and, other species of frogs globally, to develop disease mitigation approaches and save frogs from population decline and/or extinction.

    Anthony Waddle is a research assistant with UNLV. Over the past few years he has done extensive research into local frog populations with a focus on how to prevent their decline. March 1st we welcome him back to provide us with details on his continued research and what he has found out in the field since he last spoke with us. This will be an insightful lecture you won't want to miss.

    We will see you there!

    Every first Thursday of the month, Friends of Nevada Wilderness hosts a local environmental expert at REI Boca Park in their Community Room. Doors open at 6:45 giving you enough time to socialize and grab a snack before the presentation begins at 7 pm.

    Please join us at REI Boca Park every first Thursday for a new speaker every month!

  • Grapevine Canyon Restoration Kickoff! 4 RSVPs

    Saturday, March 03, 2018 at 07:00 AM through March 04, 2018
    Grapevine Canyon


    Help us kick off a year long effort to restore the desert habitat in Grapevine Canyon!  We'll "break ground" on these restoration efforts by spending the weekend returning damaged areas to their natural conditions.  During the days we'll restore the web of trails has been proliferating throughout Grapevine Canyon, which are causing erosion and leading hikers along unsafe paths.  Our work is critical to protecting the area and maintaining access for visitors... all while helping preserve America's past!  On Saturday night, we'll camp on the nearby shore of Lake Mohave.

    Join us throughout the year as we return to Grapevine Canyon to collect native seeds, grow some of those seeds into plants at the Lake Mead nursery, and then make a final visit to plant those plants and scatter any extra seeds.

    Grapevine Canyon is nestled in the granite mountains of Bridge Canyon Wilderness.  Lying directly south of Avikwame, or Spirit Mountain, significant in the spiritual birth of Fort Mojave and other native tribes of the region, it's not surprising that this area contains resources of high cultural significance.  Grapevine Canyon is home to one of the more significant petroglyph sites in all of Nevada.  A fresh water spring flows out of the canyon floor in non-drought year, providing life-giving water to a variety of animals and plants, including native Canyon Grape vines that are the namesake of the area.

    *Volunteers must be 18 years of age or older.*


    - Wear sturdy, closed-toe shoes and long pants.

    - Bring a water bottle, sunscreen, lunches, dinner, and snacks for yourself.

    - Bring warm clothes, a sleeping bag, your tent, and anything you'll need to make camp for a night and stay warm.



    - Plenty of drinking water, hard hats, protective gear, and all the tools you'll need to help us make a difference!

    - A delicious dutch oven dessert for Saturday night!

    - Sunday morning coffee/hot water, tea, and oatmeal with all the fixings.

  • Alternative Spring Break 2018! 26 RSVPs

    Sunday, March 25, 2018 at 12:00 PM through March 30, 2018
    Pahranagat National Wildlife Refuge


    To join the waitlist for this project, please email Grace at

    Join Friends of Nevada Wilderness for our 8th Annual Alternative Spring Break!!  This week of outdoor service and adventure is extremely rewarding and creates memories that last forever.

    Help us restore habitats in the Pahranagat and Desert National Wildlife Refuges!  We're partnering with the US Fish & Wildlife Service to  provide you with a unique experience during your spring break.  This is a multi-day project with 5 nights of camping on the shore of Upper Pahranagat Lake, starting Sunday evening.  Monday through Thursday, we'll restore fragile desert habitat for bighorn sheep, desert tortoise, and southwestern willow flycatchers.  There is no experience necessary - we'll provide all of the gear and information that you'll need.

    In the evenings we'll enjoy gourmet camp dinners, learn from local experts about our environment, try our hand at using an agave roasting pit, and stargaze at Nevada's dark skies.  We'll also have time to explore the areas that we're working to protect.  This is an excellent opportunity to learn about our local environment, experience cultural resources, and meet fellow outdoor enthusiasts.

    Check out this video to get an idea of what Alternative Spring Break is all about:

    We ask for a $50 deposit to confirm your commitment, which will be fully refunded when you join us for Alternative Spring Break.  The deposit helps us accomodate as many people to participate as we can.  We'll send more information about the deposit and Alternative Spring Break once you RSVP.  

    The trip is free; all meals, gear, and transportation to project sites are provided due to a generous grant from Barrick. This is the fourth year Barrick has provided funds for us to host the event and get students out on the ground to accomplish critical restoration projects in Nevada while gaining experience in the natural resources field.  


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