Calendar of Events


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For a list of all Projects and Events, please read below

 

  • Wilderness Weed Warriors #3 7 RSVPs

    Wednesday, May 12, 2021 at 08:00 AM
    Hunter Creek Trailhead in Reno

    Meet at the Hunter Creek Trailhead (map). From the trailhead, we will hike 1-3 miles into the Mt.Rose Wilderness. 

    Mt. Rose Wilderness is a beautiful piece of nature right on the edge of Reno! Make a difference this spring and join us by removing invasive plants. Invasive plants upset the delicate balance of nature by outcompeting native plants, reducing wildlife habitat, degrading water quality, and increasing fire danger. This project is a fun and rewarding way to make a difference while spending the morning in a beautiful place! 

    Please wear long pants, a face mask, long-sleeves, and closed-toed shoes. Bring at least 2 liters of water (1 liter = approx. 2 typical size water bottles), sunscreen, and a lunch/snacks.

     

    RSVP required to participate

    In addition to our normal safety procedures, we are asking volunteers to follow our Covid-19 safety guidelines that can be found here

  • Springs Monitoring In Person Training 13 RSVPs

    Saturday, May 15, 2021 at 09:00 AM
    Harris Springs in Las Vegas, NV

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    We're thrilled to announce the very first in-person spring monitoring training on May 15, 2021! Our awesome spring monitoring volunteers have already been surveying dozens of springs throughout the county, collecting tons of valuable data. Now, volunteers will be able to collect even more data and learn to use our water quality and flow equipment! This information is super important to understand the quality and quantity of water available to our wildlife.

    This training is open to anyone who has watched the virtual springs monitoring training and wants to learn more or get some hands on practice! (Missed the virtual training? No problem--email [email protected] and we'll get you the recording.)

    What to bring: sun protection, a face mask, comfortable clothing and shoes for being outside, something to write on/take notes with, water and snacks, and an outdoor chair if desired.

    What to expect: A few hours of learning about and practicing spring surveying techniques at a cool spring complex! You'll get your hands a little wet and dirty trying out the equipment. The Harris springs are reachable via a very smooth dirt road off of Kyle Canyon Road that is passable in any vehicle. You'll be able to park along the road right before the spring and walk less than 10 minutes to the training site (Friends staff will help direct you). There are no bathrooms or services in the vicinity, although we'll have some extra water available.

    More info will be sent in advance of the event to all RSVP's.

    Space is limited, so register now! If the event is full, email [email protected] to join the waitlist or to get first dibs on the next in-person training (more coming next month!).

    Questions? Concerns? Email [email protected]!
  • Wilderness Weed Warriors #4 2 RSVPs

    Wednesday, May 19, 2021 at 08:00 AM
    Hunter Creek Trailhead in Reno

    Meet at the Hunter Creek Trailhead (map). From the trailhead, we will hike 1-3 miles into the Mt.Rose Wilderness. 

    Mt. Rose Wilderness is a beautiful piece of nature right on the edge of Reno! Make a difference this spring and join us by removing invasive plants. Invasive plants upset the delicate balance of nature by outcompeting native plants, reducing wildlife habitat, degrading water quality, and increasing fire danger. This project is a fun and rewarding way to make a difference while spending the morning in a beautiful place! 

    Please wear long pants, a face mask, long-sleeves, and closed-toed shoes. Bring at least 2 liters of water (1 liter = approx. 2 typical size water bottles), sunscreen, and a lunch/snacks.

     

    RSVP required to participate

    In addition to our normal safety procedures, we are asking volunteers to follow our Covid-19 safety guidelines that can be found here

  • Wild Speaker Series: A Glimpse Into the Desert Refuge 1 RSVP

    Thursday, May 20, 2021 at 06:45 PM
    in Las Vegas, NV

    We moved this month's Wild Speaker Series to Thursday, May 20th, the day the Desert National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1936.

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    Join Friends for our May Wild Speaker Series, "A Glimpse Into the Desert Refuge" in an online Zoom presentation to celebrate 85 years of the Desert National Wildlife Refuge!  Just north of Las Vegas, the Desert Refuge is the largest refuge in the lower 48 states, and established for the preservation of habitat for Nevada's state mammal, the desert bighorn sheep.  Encompassing six major mountain ranges and nearly 1.6 million acres in Nevada, it provides the highest quality, intact habitat for desert bighorn sheep and other wildlife that depend on Great Basin and Mojave Desert ecosystems.

    Kirk Peterson will lead us through a photo tour, telling us about places to visit and the incredible resources found throughout the Desert Refuge.  Kirk has 30 years of experience traveling and photographing Nevada’s wild lands and over the past several years he has been collecting data on Nevada's dark skies, assisting the Forest Service with Wilderness Character Monitoring, and acting as Friends of Nevada Wilderness' Wilderness Historian.

    We'll also hear from Kevin DesRoberts, Project Leader for the Desert National Wildlife Refuge Complex, about management priorities and updates from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.  Kevin has a wealth of knowledge about the plants and animals, management priorities, places to visit, and just about anything else you can think of!  

    Lastly, we'll have a Q&A session to answer all your questions about the Desert Refuge.  This will be an informative chat for the whole family!

    Please register in advance for this meeting!


    Wild Speaker Series - May 2021 - A Glimpse Into the Desert Refuge

    You are invited to a Zoom meeting.
    When: May 20, 2021 06:45 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

    Register in advance for this meeting:
    https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMkdeCrqzouHtYIC21k3TDkKnu5jA7FwLI0

    After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with information about joining the meeting.


    Every first Thursday of the month, Friends of Nevada Wilderness hosts a local environmental expert for folks who are interested in the outdoors to learn more about hikes, local habitat, and ways to get involved with conservation efforts.  Formerly in the REI Boca Park Community Room, the Wild Speaker Series is online during the COVID-19 Pandemic for the safety of our staff and supporters.  We will return to REI - Boca Park in the near future and continue to make the Wild Speaker Series available virtually.

  • Lovell Canyon Brushing

    Saturday, May 22, 2021 at 08:00 AM
    Lovell Canyon in Spring Mountains, NV

    Join Friends of Nevada Wilderness 5/22 @ 8:00am for some backcountry gardening as we clean up and trim the brush along Lovell Canyon Trail in the Spring Mountains.  

     

    Do you enjoy spending time in the garden, pruning, trimming, weeding the days away?  Do you like to hike?  Do you want to experience the joy of gardening with the thrill of hiking?  Then have we got a day out for you!  Join Friends on a brushing excursion on Lovell Canyon Trail.  More Details TBA!  RSVP's open now!

    We'll meet at the trailhead at 8:00am on Saturday 5/22 - World Biodiversity Day - to hike and clear a portion of the trail.  We'll also take time to talk about the Spring Mountains cultural and ecological history.

     

    Watch this space for more information soon!

  • Hunter Creek Trail Maintenance - National Trails Day 2021 6 RSVPs

    Wednesday, June 02, 2021 at 07:30 AM
    Hunter Creek Trail, Reno NV in Reno

    The Hunter Creek Trail is one of the most loved and most-used trails in the Reno area. Because of this, it is also one of the most impacted areas in the Mt Rose Wilderness. Join us in giving back to Reno's backyard wilderness by maintaining sections of the hiking trail with our Trail Crew Leader Tara and Associate Director/Trails Program Manager, Kurt. The work will include cutting back overgrown vegetation, repairing eroded or damaged areas of the trail, and restoring non-trail areas damaged by overuse. It's going to be a fun day of volunteering with great people and rewarding results. RSVP today! 

     

     


    Information

    Difficulty: Strenuous. It may not be appropriate for everyone. Requires the ability to hike 6 miles with a backpack, work with tools, sometimes move objects, and repeated motions. Having said that, feel free to reach out to us and discuss the difficulty of the project if you have any concerns. There are many roles in trail maintenance and we can usually find ones appropriate to meet most people's level. 

    What to wear/bring: Long pants, long sleeves, sturdy closed-toed shoes, and a mask are required. Bring a backpack with 3 liters of water, sunscreen, snacks, and lunch. FNW will provide gloves, hardhats, tools, and all the necessary training. 

    Time: We will begin work at 7:30 am and go until mid-afternoon. Please arrive at least 15 minutes early to sign in and get your tools. 

    Further Details: Further details including what to bring, daily schedule, and weather-related factors will be provided to those who have RSVP'd on a date much closer to the project date. Plans are subject to change. We will always give as much notice as possible when this happens. 

    Contact Info: Please email or call with any questions or for further details: Chris@NevadaWilderness.org and our office phone number: 775-324-7667. 

     

    RSVP is required to participate. Spots are limited. 

    For a recommended packing list, click here.

    In addition to our normal safety procedures, we are asking volunteers to follow our Covid-19 safety guidelines that can be found here.

     

  • Wilderness Weed Warriors #5

    Wednesday, June 09, 2021 at 08:00 AM
    Hunter Creek Trailhead in Reno

    Meet at the Hunter Creek Trailhead (map). From the trailhead, we will hike 1-3 miles into the Mt.Rose Wilderness. 

    Mt. Rose Wilderness is a beautiful piece of nature right on the edge of Reno! Make a difference this spring and join us by removing invasive plants. Invasive plants upset the delicate balance of nature by outcompeting native plants, reducing wildlife habitat, degrading water quality, and increasing fire danger. This project is a fun and rewarding way to make a difference while spending the morning in a beautiful place! 

    Please wear long pants, a face mask, long-sleeves, and closed-toed shoes. Bring at least 2 liters of water (1 liter = approx. 2 typical size water bottles), sunscreen, and a lunch/snacks.

     

    RSVP required to particpate

    In addition to our normal safety procedures, we are asking volunteers to follow our Covid-19 safety guidelines that can be found here

  • Santa Rosa Bull Thistle Extravaganza! 11 RSVPs

    Friday, June 11, 2021 at 12:00 PM through June 13, 2021
    Fall Canyon, Santa Rosa-Paradise Peak Wilderness in Nevada

    Knock knock

    --Who's there? 

    Thistle

    --Thistle who? 

    Thistle make you laugh.

     

    It's time again for the Santa Rosa Bull Thistle Extravaganza! Join us in Falls Canyon on the western slopes of the Santa-Rosa Paradise-Peak Wilderness. We will be hiking up the canyon and removing the invasive Bull Thistle as we go. How far we hike will depend on the number of Thistle we find, however, I would estimate we'll hike around 6 miles total. There will be food provided by FNW, fun and laughter, beautiful scenery, and meaningful work. So what are you waiting for? RSVP today! 

    The campsite is at the trailhead and can be reached without 4-wheel drive but higher clearance is necessary. We will provide breakfast Saturday and Sunday, dinner on Saturday evening, water, and we can loan you any camping gear you may need. Feel free to contact Chris Cutshaw, Stewardship Coordinator, at [email protected] with any questions or additional details.

     

    Mountains of Falls Canyon at Sunset


    Information:

    Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult. It may not be appropriate for everyone. Requires the ability to hike up to 8 miles a day with a heavy pack, work with shovels, and work in warm, sunny weather. Having said that, feel free to reach out to us and discuss the difficulty of the project if you have any concerns. 

    Food: For this project, yes! we will be offering some group meals. We are planning to do a big group dinner on Saturday night along with breakfasts and coffee. Volunteers are expected to provide their own lunches, snacks, and dinner Friday night. 

    Driving: At this time, FNW is not offering rides in our vehicles due to COVID safety concerns. For this project, a 4-wheel drive vehicle is not required to reach the campsites, but, high clearance may be necessary. 

    Specific Details: Details such as exact camping location, daily schedule, and weather-related factors will be provided to those who have RSVP'd on a date much closer to the project. Plans are subject to change. We will always give as much notice as possible when this happens. 

    Contact Info: Please email or call Chris Cutshaw with any questions or for further details. He can be reached at [email protected] and our office phone number: 775-324-7667. 

     

    For a recommended packing list, click here.

    In addition to our normal safety procedures, we are asking volunteers to follow our Covid-19 safety guidelines that can be found here.

  • Volunteer Trail Crew #1 - Arc Dome Wilderness 4 RSVPs

    Friday, June 18, 2021 at 12:00 PM through June 24, 2021
    Arc Dome Wilderness - North & South Twin Rivers in Carver

    Join our Volunteer Trail Crew! 

    This year, Friends of Nevada Wilderness is offering the opportunity to be a part of our professional trails program as a volunteer! We are hosting six volunteer trail crew hitches in multiple locations around northern Nevada. Join us for just one or all of them! Friends of Nevada Wilderness will provide all of the training, safety equipment, and trail maintenance tools. 

    The first four volunteer trail crew hitches will take place in Arc Dome Wilderness, in central Nevada. We are restoring numerous trails including the North and South Twin Trails (which can be hiked as a loop or used to access the deeper portions of Arc Dome Wilderness, including the summits of Toiyabe Dome Arc Dome itself), the Jett Canyon Trail (towards the Southeast corner of the Wilderness), and possibly others. The trails of Arc Dome go through beautiful canyons and meadows filled with creeks, Aspens, pine trees, and rugged rock outcroppings. 

    Volunteer trail maintenance is hard work, but it is also very rewarding and lots of fun. You will leave these projects with a sense of accomplishment, some new skills, and hopefully some new friends! So please, read the info below and RSVP today! 

     

     

     

     

     


    Information:

    Difficulty: These projects are some of the most strenuous we offer and may not be appropriate for everyone. They require the ability to hike 10 miles a day with a heavy pack, work with tools, sometimes move heavy objects. Having said that, feel free to reach out to us and discuss the difficulty of the project if you have any concerns. There are many roles in trail maintenance and we can usually find ones appropriate to meet everyone's level. 

    Dates: June 18-25. Unlike our typical projects, this one runs from Friday (6/18) through Friday (6/25). We will be leaving Reno Friday mid-day and starting work on Saturday, the following Friday we will not be working but returning to Reno. Volunteers are welcome to join us for however many of these days as they wish. It would be great if you could do the whole hitch, but we understand if your schedule does not allow this and we would love to see you out there for any amount of time you can offer! When the project date gets closer, we'll reach out to those who have RSVP'd and discuss this further.  

    Food: For this project, yes! we will be offering some group meals. We are planning to do a big group dinner on Saturday night and a Taco Tuesday dinner on Tuesday. Volunteers are expected to provide their own lunches, snacks, and breakfast. We will be providing coffee every morning! 

    Driving: At this time, FNW is not offering rides in our vehicles due to COVID safety concerns. For this project, a 4-wheel drive vehicle is not required to reach the campsite, but, we will let you know if that changes. 

    Specific Details: Details such as exact camping location, daily schedule, and weather-related factors will be provided to those who have RSVP'd on a date much closer to the project date. Plans are subject to change. We will always give as much notice as possible when this happens. 

    Contact Info: Please email or call Kurt Kuznicki with any questions or for further details. He can be reached at [email protected] and our office phone number: 775-324-7667. 

     

    RSVP is required to participate. 

    For a recommended packing list, click here.

    In addition to our normal safety procedures, we are asking volunteers to follow our Covid-19 safety guidelines that can be found here.

  • Wilderness Weed Warriors #6 1 RSVP

    Wednesday, June 23, 2021 at 08:00 AM
    Hunter Creek Trailhead in Reno

    This is the final (and farthest) Weed Warriors of the year! 

    Meet at the Hunter Creek Trailhead (map). This project will involve hiking past the waterfall at the end of the Hunter Creek Trail, with shovels, and removing the invasive Musk Thistle! This will equal about 6 miles of hiking, plus the project work. 

    Mt. Rose Wilderness is a beautiful piece of nature right on the edge of Reno! Make a difference this spring and join us by removing invasive plants. Invasive plants upset the delicate balance of nature by outcompeting native plants, reducing wildlife habitat, degrading water quality, and increasing fire danger. This project is a fun and rewarding way to make a difference while spending the morning in a beautiful place! 

    Please wear long pants, a face mask, long-sleeves, and closed-toed shoes. Bring at least 2 liters of water (1 liter = approx. 2 typical size water bottles), sunscreen, and a lunch/snacks.

     

    RSVP required to participate


    Information:

    Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult. This project may not be appropriate for children under 16 years old. The project requires the ability to hike up to 7 miles, work with full-sized shovels, hike off-trail on steep slopes, and work in hot, sunny weather. Feel free to reach out to us and discuss the difficulty of the project if you have any concerns. 

    What to Wear/Bring: Face mask, long pants, a long-sleeved shirt, and sturdy, closed-toed shoes are required. Bring a backpack with 3 liters of water, snacks, lunch, & sunscreen. 

    Location: Meet at the Hunter Creek Trailhead (map)

    Specific Details: Further details such as daily schedule and weather-related factors will be provided to those who have RSVP'd on a date much closer to the project. Plans are subject to change. We will always give as much notice as possible when this happens. 

    Contact Info: Please email or call our Stewardship Staff (Nora Richter or Chris Cutshaw) with any questions or for further details. They can be reached at [email protected] and our office phone number: 775-324-7667. 

     

    For a recommended packing list, click here.

    In addition to our normal safety procedures, we are asking volunteers to follow our Covid-19 safety guidelines that can be found here.