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.

  • Wilderness Weed Warriors 2017 #3 1 RSVP

    Wednesday, May 24, 2017 at 08:00 AM
    Michael S. Thompson Trail Head - Hunter Creek Trail

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    With Spring underway, what better way to enjoy the warm weather than hiking? Join us as we work on removing invasive weeds from the Mt. Rose Wilderness. Using shovels, we can most effectively reduce the population of Musk Thistle. Invasive weeds have many impacts on the native environment. From out-competing for resources to reducing water quality. The work is extremely rewarding and you get to experience some truly amazing country, all in our backyard Wilderness.

    Once again, we'll be removing invasive weeds up the Hunter Creek Draining of the Mt. Rose Wilderness. We meet in the mornings at the Michael D. Thompson Trail head. We start each Weed Pull with a 2-3 mile hike and spend the cool hours of the day digging up Musk Thistle Rosettes. If you haven't experience Mt. Rose Wilderness, this is the perfect introduction. Join us for a great outing into our Public Lands and RSVP today!

     

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  • Poodle Mountain Day Hike

    Thursday, May 25, 2017 at 08:00 AM
    Poodle Mountain

    Explore the "Great" Basin!

    Join us and the Sierra Club to explore a stunning portion of the Great Basin! Poodle Mountain is the high point of the Poodle Mountain Wilderness Study Area directly north of the Smoke Creek Desert and it should give us great views of the playa to the south and the Granite Range to the east. We might even be able to see Lassen and/or Shasta to the west. Our hike, depending on how far we can drive, will be about 5-6 mi RT with about 1000' of elevation gain. From Reno, the drive to the trailhead will be over 3 hours each way which will mean an early start. This WSA is part of our Wild Washoe Wilderness Campaign. We'll learn about the current status and what you can do to help out. Please contact leader for further details. No dogs Leader: Larry Dwyer (775-745-6628kdwyer31@charter.net). Moderately Strenuous.

  • 12th Annual Black Rock Rendezvous - North 34 RSVPs

    Friday, May 26, 2017 at 06:00 PM through May 29, 2017
    Black Rock Desert - Cassidy Mine Area

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    We are gearing up for the 12th Annual Black Rock Rendezvous. Set aside Memorial Day weekend, May 27-29th for another great time in the desert!

    We plan to camp below Cassidy Mine on the playa, but this is subject to change due to weather and runoff. Partners this year again include Nevada Outdoor School, Friends of Black Rock-High Rock, and the BLM. We look forward to another great Dutch Oven Competition, so dust out your oven’s and start testing your secret recipes.

    Talks will cover topics from Invasive Weeds, to Pikas, to Rockets, Art, and Public Lands. Tours will include petroglyphs, plants identification, rockhounding, and back for the 2nd year in a row, a Dutch Oven 101 class.

    Volunteers will have the opportunity to install Wilderness Boundary Signs as well as restore habitat within Calico Mountains Wilderness.

    Nevada Outdoor School will be hosting Kid's Camp this year. This is a great opportunity to let kids learn all about the desert and outdoor ethics.

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  • Wild Speaker Series! 5 RSVPs

    Thursday, June 01, 2017 at 06:45 PM
    REI in Boca Park in Las Vegas, NV

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    Dr. Choate is a wildlife ecologist and a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where he continues his collaboration with the USGS Western Ecological Research Center.  On June 1st he'll give a presentation titled, Cougars and their drinking problems?  Living on the edge creates a predator-prey shell game in the northern Mojave Desert.  

    In a landscape limited by water, wildlife interactions are likely to hinge on availability of this valuable resource, with prey seeking water and predators seeking prey.  Yet overuse of particular sites for hunting can also lead to extremely wary prey.  This dynamic trade-off suggests potential mechanisms for understanding why densities of cougars, bighorn sheep, and mule deer are typically low, and ever in flux in desert environments.  In this talk we will explore cougar-prey ecology, how large mammals survive in an extreme environment, challenges of collecting data under such conditions, and the importance of having these data to answer fundamental questions about the nature of existence in our local desert mountains.

    His worked was focused in the Dessert National Wildlife Refuge, yet another reason this Refuge is critically important for wildlife.

    We'll see you there!

    Friends of Nevada Wilderness is hosting a monthly meeting the first Thursday of every month and we're calling it our Wild Speaker Series! This is a great way for folks who are interested in conservation to learn about current issues. Arrive at 6:45 to socialize and snack before the presentation at 7 pm. Please join us at REI Boca Park every first Thursday for a new speaker every month!

  • National Trails Day 2017 - North 15 RSVPs

    Friday, June 02, 2017 at 01:00 PM through June 04, 2017
    Steven's Camp, Black Rock Desert

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    This project is on hold. The Upper High Rock Canyon trail is currently under water and conditions are too wet. Stay Tuned! We are working on planning a project with Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful for June 3rd. We will tentatively work on the Hunter Creek Trail in addition to removing invasive weeds. Click here to RSVP!

    Celebrate your trails and join us for a great weekend of trail work and restoration! Camping again at Steven’s Camp, a public use cabin located at the north of High Rock Canyon. Built by Tennessee Ernie Ford and is a lovely oasis in the desert.

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    We plan to continue maintenance on the Upper High Rock Canyon trail. In addition, this year we will be restoring the historical entrance sign and fence into Steven’s Camp.  

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    Trip details will be published as we approach the event and trip is subject to cancellation or change due to weather.

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  • Wilderness Weed Warriors 2017 #4 3 RSVPs

    Saturday, June 03, 2017 at 08:00 AM
    Michael S. Thompson Trail Head - Hunter Creek Trail

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    What better way to celebrate National Trails Day and the warm weather than hiking? Join us as we work on removing invasive weeds from the Mt. Rose Wilderness. Using shovels, we can most effectively reduce the population of Musk Thistle. Invasive weeds have many impacts on the native environment. From out-competing for resources to reducing water quality. The work is extremely rewarding and you get to experience some truly amazing country, all in our backyard Wilderness.

    Once again, we'll be removing invasive weeds up the Hunter Creek Draining of the Mt. Rose Wilderness. We meet in the mornings at the Michael D. Thompson Trail head. We start each Weed Pull with a 2-3 mile hike and spend the cool hours of the day digging up Musk Thistle Rosettes. If you haven't experience Mt. Rose Wilderness, this is the perfect introduction. Join us for a great outing into our Public Lands and RSVP today! #NationalTrailsDay

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  • National Trails Day 2017! (Southern Nevada) 8 RSVPs

    Saturday, June 03, 2017 at 08:00 AM
    Mt. Charleston

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    Each year, on the first Saturday of June, Americans celebrate National Trails Day by finding their own adventure at thousands of events across the country.  Join Friends of Nevada Wilderness and REI as we celebrate National Trails Day in Mt. Charleston Wilderness!  We'll be using our muscles to maintain Trail Canyon, correcting and preventing problems that cause trail damage, such as erosion.  The task to protect and maintain the more than 200,000 miles of trails in the U.S. requires a collaborative effort among trail clubs, organizations, government agencies, and most importantly YOU, passionate trail advocates and stewards.

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    Level: Moderately Strenuous.  Trail Canyon is a steep trail at a high elevation (7700 - 9300 ft).  This project will involve a round-trip hike of up to four miles while carrying tools, as well at food and water for yourself.

    What You'll Need:  Sturdy, closed-toe shoes, long pants, and a long-sleeved shirt.  A water reservoir or multiple water bottles.  We'll have plenty of water for refills.  Snacks for yourself.

    Thanks to our awesome partners at REI, lunch will be provided!  REI is an incredible partner of Friends, helping with efforts to increase access to outdoor places and in so much more.  REI promotes national messages or initiatives that encourage the protection of public lands, outdoor stewardship, and that a life outdoors is a life well lived, such as #OptOutside.

  • Wilderness Weed Warriors 2017 #5 7 RSVPs

    Wednesday, June 07, 2017 at 07:00 AM
    Michael S. Thompson Trail Head - Hunter Creek Trail

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    With Summer nearing, why not get outside and enjoy the warm weather before it gets too hot? Join us as we work on removing invasive weeds from the Mt. Rose Wilderness. Using shovels, we can most effectively reduce the population of Musk Thistle. Invasive weeds have many impacts on the native environment. From out-competing for resources to reducing water quality. The work is extremely rewarding and you get to experience some truly amazing country, all in our backyard Wilderness.

    Once again, we'll be removing invasive weeds up the Hunter Creek Draining of the Mt. Rose Wilderness. We meet in the mornings at the Michael D. Thompson Trail head. We start each Weed Pull with a 2-3 mile hike and spend the cool hours of the day digging up Musk Thistle Rosettes. If you haven't experience Mt. Rose Wilderness, this is the perfect introduction. Join us for a great outing into our Public Lands and RSVP today!

     

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  • Artsource Reception

    Thursday, June 08, 2017 at 05:00 PM
    Artsource

    Join us and Art Source for an evening of art! Art Source is hosting a special evening at their art gallery as part of a fundraiser for Friends of Nevada Wilderness. Art Source is offering 15% off of artwork, jewelry, and custom framing in their store and will be donating 15% in addition to support our on-going programs to keep Nevada wild! They will also be serving wine and appetizers. We hope we will see you there!

  • Black Rock Boundary Marking - North

    Friday, June 09, 2017 at 02:00 PM through June 11, 2017
    Black Rock Desert - North

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    Join us as we venture back out to the Black Rock Desert NCA and continue marking Wilderness Area boundaries. Though we are not certain on exactly where we are camping/working yet, this weekend will be full of adventure. From epic views, great food, stellar stars, and much, much more, be sure to RSVP today.

    Boundary marking is a great way to explore and get to know an area with good people. We will be placing recycled metal posts with Wilderness stickers every 1 mile or so, helping the BLM establish the boundary on the ground.

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    Project is subject to change due to weather, fire, etc. We will let you know if anything changes.

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