Calendar of Events

Check out a full list of volunteer and other events coming up near you!

If you have time for a less-than-seven-minute overview of one Friends of Nevada Wilderness 2008 restoration projects, take a peek at this stewardship video created by Project Moonshine.

Friday, August 01, 2014 at 12:00 PM
Mount Rose Wilderness--near Reno


Volunteer with Friends of Nevada Wilderness at your own convenience, while hiking in Mount Rose Wilderness!  We are helping the Forest Service find out which trails are used the most and have the most need for maintenance and monitoring.  If you love to hike, this is a great opportunity for you to volunteer with us!  

To find out more please contact Renee at



Friday, September 19, 2014 at 10:00 AM
Onion Valley Reservoir--Northern Nevada


Blue Lakes by Brian Beffort

We are headed to the amazingly gorgeous Blue Lakes/Alder Creek WSAs for this years National Public Lands Day with the Winnemucca BLM District!

Join Friends of Nevada Wilderness, Winnemucca BLM, Friends of Black Rock, Nevada Outdoor School and other partners for a great weekend celebrating our public lands!  

This year we will be camping at Onion Valley Reservoir in the  Beautiful Pine Forest Range.  We'll be working on cleaning up the campgrounds at both Onion Valley Reservoir and at Blue Lakes.  In addition, we will be doing some trail maintenance on the 1 mile trail that leads to Blue Lakes and limbing the road that leads from Onion Valley Reservoir to the Blue Lakes parking area. This event is family friendly, so bring the kiddos.  Also, bring your bathing suits and take a cold, refreshing dip into Blue Lakes!

A high clearance, 4x4 vehicle is highly recommended to get to Onion reservoir and to Blue Lakes.  

If you'd like to learn more or RSVP for this event please contact Renee at or call the office at 775-324-7667.

Friday, September 26, 2014 at 12:00 PM
Santa Rosa Mountains-north of Winnemucca

Join Friends of Nevada Wilderness for National Public Lands Day in the Santa Rosa Ranger District!  This will be a fun event with a lot of good food and company.  

For National Public Lands Day, we are going to work on marking fence with reflectors to help minimize sage-grouse strikes. Fence collisions by sage-grouse can be widespread and fatal.  According to the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), fence marking can reduce sage-grouse strikes by up to 83 percent.  We are planning to mark areas where known sage-grouse strikes have been occurring and where fences are near active leks. We will also work on fixing some of OHV cattle guards and possibly work on some picnic tables in the Lye Creek campground if we have the materials in time and if we have enough people.

This project is subject to change.

Contact Renee at or call the office at 775-324-7667 for more information.


Saturday, September 27, 2014 at 08:00 AM
Spring Mountains National Recreation Area

Spend National Public Lands Day in the higher elevations of Mt. Charleston caring for the Mt.Charleston National Recreation Trail (NRT).  


Formerly known as the South Loop, the Mt.Charleston NRT has been closed to the public since last summer's Carpenter 1 fire.  The forests and meadows on the ridge above Kyle Canyon were burned in a mosaic pattern.  Coupled with subsequent flooding, hazards intensified in the area.  The US Forest Service is working to reopen this trailhead as soon as they can.  In the meantime the trail needs our attention!

Friends of Nevada Wilderness is partnering with the US Forest Service and volunteers to restore the lower portions of the trail.  Volunteers 16 and older will learn trail maintenance techniques through hands on practice.  We are excited to do our part in helping this trail recover.  

Volunteers are asked to wear long pants, long sleeves, sturdy shoes/boots and sunscreen and bring a lunch, a water bottle to refill and snacks.  Please bring whatever else you may need to be comfortable on the trail for the day.  Details of the event will be provided the week of the event to those who have RSVPed.

If you have questions or concerns about the event please reach out to the contact person listed below.

* this event is full and is not accepting more RSVPs

Saturday, September 27, 2014 at 08:30 AM
Mountain Springs in Rainbow Mountain Wilderness

IMG_7179.JPGJoin us in the beautiful Mountain Springs Area of Rainbow Mountain Wilderness for some wilderness restoration!  We will naturalize an old road bed that is no longer used to prevent confusion and incursion into Rainbow Mountain Wilderness.  The work site sees very few visitors even though it is very close to the town of Mountain Springs, located off of Hwy 160.   Volunteers will spend the morning learning effective restoration techniques through hands on practice.  Protecting Wilderness character with friends and other like-minded community members is a wonderful way to celebrate National Public Lands Day!  

If you have any questions or concerns feel free to reach out to the contact person.



Long sleeves and long pants, sturdy shoes, a hat, sunscreen, a water bottle, snacks, and a lunch for yourself.


Gloves, hard hats, tools, as well as additional water and snacks will also be provided. 

Saturday, September 27, 2014 at 08:30 AM
Corn Creek, Desert National Wildlife Refuge in Las Vegas, NV


On National Public Lands Day 2014, get your hands dirty planting native seeds on at the Desert National Wildlife Refuge! Corn Creek’s seed bank has been exhausted over the years but we’re excited to restore the native vegetation with the help of our awesome volunteers.  This event is ideal for children so bring the whole family to join the fun! 


snacks, lunch, a refillable water bottle, sunscreen, and a hat.


tools, gloves, water, and additional snacks. 

Saturday, October 04, 2014 at 10:00 AM
Lovell Canyon in Las Vegas, NV


Join Friends of Nevada Wilderness on Saturday, October 4 for the annual Fall Mountain Cleanup at Lovell Canyon. Lovell Canyon is a beautiful gateway to the Rainbow Mountain and La Madre Mountain Wilderness areas. Recreation abounds the canyon- be it hiking, trail riding, or target shooting. There's a lot of trash that has accumulated over the years, particularly of spent ammunition and used targets. People of all walks of life will be coming together to help transform the area and have a visible, positive impact on the land. Help us show Lovell some love!


Saturday, October 11, 2014 at 08:30 AM
Desert National Wildlife Refuge in Las Vegas, NV


Friends of Nevada Wilderness, in partnership with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, is hosting a native vegetation planting event. MGM Resorts will volunteer in the beautiful Desert National Wildlife Refuge to give back to the community and take care of the land. Note that this is a private event. Friends of Nevada Wilderness facilitates private volunteer opportunities for businesses and other organizations. Contact us for more information.

Thursday, November 13, 2014 at 05:30 PM
Historic 5th St. Schoolhouse in Las Vegas, NV

$10.00 USD

Join Friends of Nevada Wilderness for their second hosting of the

Wild and Scenic Film Festival On Tour

Wild & Scenic Film Program

A benefit for Friends of Nevada Wilderness, dedicated to preserving Nevada's wild lands.

$10 for the films • Free Reception • $12 at the door
$25 for the films, reception and a discount Friends of Nevada Wilderness membership! 

Doors Open at 5:30pm • Films Start at 6:30pm

The reception brings together a number of great local green businesses and organizations, and includes free, great, local food. Wine and beer will also be available by donation.

And as always, there will be a raffle of great prizes
...everyone gets a raffle ticket!

This annual community event offers an evening of short films addressing environmental issues that affect our region. A reception in the Historic Schoolhouse lobby offers a chance to meet other non-profit sponsor groups and businesses, sample local food, and perhaps win a raffle prize (or two!). All proceeds benefit Friends of Nevada Wilderness.

The Wild & Scenic Film Festival was started in 2003 by the watershed advocacy group, the South Yuba River Citizens League (SYRCL). The 4-day event features over 125 award-winning films and welcomes over 80 guest speakers, celebrities, and activists who bring a human face to the environmental movement. SYRCL is now sharing their success with other organizations to bring the festival to over 100 communities nationwide. It is building a network of grassroots organizations connected by a common goal of using film to inspire activism. With the support of their National Partners: Clif Bar, Mother Jones, Patagonia, Orion Magazine, Kleen Kanteen, and Sierra Nevada Brewing, the festival is able to reach an even larger audience in tour venues coast to coast.

Our Las Vegas festival program is specially designed to address issues that are relevant to wilderness and environmental protections, and will feature short films that look at themes of water conservation, wildlife protection, environmental activism, and outdoor recreation. The event enjoys regular support from a network of other regional non-profit groups and sponsors, some of whom set up tables in the theater lobby for our opening reception. We continue to work to make this film festival a lasting and rewarding annual event for Las Vegas, and to inspire our community to enjoy and protect our wild and scenic places close to home.