Calendar of Events

Check below for our comprehensive list of all events throughout wild Nevada! To find events near you, please use our region-specific calendars:

Northern Nevada Calendar of Events

Southern Nevada Calendar of Events


To find out what it's like on a Friends of Nevada Wilderness stewardship trip, visit our Volunteer Info page!


 

  • Visitor Gateway Trail Maintenance and Conservation Hike! 1 RSVP

    Saturday, August 24, 2019 at 08:00 AM
    Spring Mountains Visitor Gateway in Mt Charleston, NV

    Learn about trail maintenance and conservation efforts in the Spring Mountains!


    Join Friends and Litter Free LV as we work to maintain the trails located behind the Spring Mountains Visitor Gateway (SMVG) and clean litter left behind by previous visitors. Come learn about how trails are maintained, why trail designs protect habitat and what you can do to prevent trail damage while completing a worthwhile project that will beautify the first stop for many recreationists who visit Mt. Charleston, the Spring Mountains Visitor Gateway. 

    For this project, we’ll meet in the parking lot of the SMVG at 8:00 AM. Trailwork will consist of using pick-mattocks, shovels and mcleods to cut and level trail tread where water has washed out a portion of the trail. We will also collect trash and remove overgrown brush along the trail. Lace up your boots and join us!


    Difficulty Level: Moderate - This project involves about 1-2 miles of hiking, at an elevation of 7,500ft, while carrying tools and all of your gear for the day.  Participants need to be of a moderate general fitness level to move at a pace that will allow he/she to complete trailwork with relative ease. Participants should have some experience in the outdoors but this is not required. 

    About the Trail -  The Pack Rat Trail is a loop trail (1.4 miles total) behind the Spring Mountains Visitor Gateway. The trail descends gradually into Kyle Canyon Wash, goes out across the bottom of the wash, climbs steeply to run beneath the cliffs that can be seen across the canyon, drops steeply, and returns to the visitor center. This trail is both paved and unpaved. 

    About the Trailwork - This project doesn’t require any prior trailwork experience.  You’ll receive a safety and training session before working, including proper techniques and tool use. We will work with tools to fix a washout along the Pack Rat Trail where the trail crosses Kyle Canyon Wash. We will also pick up trash in the area and remove overgrown brush. 

    What You'll Need - Sturdy closed-toe shoes and long pants are required for this project. You’ll need a day pack and the capacity to carry about 2 liters of water, snacks and a lunch (we should be wrapping up around noon). You're responsible for your own transportation to and from the trail.  

    What We'll Have - We'll provide tools, gloves, trash bags and hard hats. We'll also have  ice cold water to refill your containers.

    See you there!

  • Wild Speaker Series 2 RSVPs

    Thursday, September 05, 2019 at 06:45 PM
    REI - Boca Park in Las Vegas, NV


    The Ecology of Spring Mountains Endemic Butterflies

    Join Friends for our September Wild Speaker Series, The Ecology of Spring Mountains Endemic Butterflies at REI Boca Park. Dr. Daniel Thompson will be our presenter as we learn about the Amargosa River and what conservationists are doing to save this habitat. Three relatively rare butterflies endemic (found nowhere else) to the Spring Mountains of southern Nevada, the Mount Charleston blue butterfly, Spring Mountains dark blue butterfly, and Morand's checkerspot, occupy the ridges and slopes of the Spring Mountains above 9000 feet. Ongoing ecological studies of adult butterflies and caterpillars will be discussed with respect to insights on the specialized life cycles of each species, their use of different host plants, strategies for overwintering, the interactions of caterpillars and ants, and the implications of this research for butterfly conservation.  This will be an educational presentation you will not want to miss!

    Dr. Thompson's research addresses a variety of topics in ecology and evolution including: evolution of phenotypic plasticity and morphology of grasshoppers, spatial ecology of desert shrubs and rodents, quantitative analysis of bighorn sheep behavior, and molecular evolution of gene families. He also works closely with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and the U.S. Forest Service to research the rare butterflies found only in the Spring Mountains just outside of Las Vegas.

    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. This is a great event for folks who are interested in the outdoors to learn more about hikes, local habitat, and ways to get involved with conservation efforts.

    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!

     

  • Griffith Peak Trail Rebuild, Part 6! 5 RSVPs

    Thursday, September 19, 2019 at 09:00 AM through September 22, 2019
    Mt. Charleston Wilderness

    Camp on high slopes in Mt. Charleston Wilderness and help rebuild the Griffith Peak Trail!

    Be a part of the volunteer trail crews that will rebuild Griffith Peak Trail this summer!  Sleep under the stars, breathe in the mountain air, experience Mt. Charleston Wilderness up close, and appreciate trails in a new way.  Building trail side-by-side with other outdoors lovers is a fun and immensely rewarding way to give back to the places you love.  Lace up your boots and join us!

    For this project, we’ll camp along South Loop Trail, 4.2 miles and 2,900 ft. up from the trailhead.  Each day we’ll put on our day packs and hike to Griffith Peak Trail.  Trailwork will consist of using pick-mattocks and mcleods to cut and level trail tread.  There's truly no better way to get to know Mt. Charleston Wilderness!

    Volunteers for this project must complete a Trailwork Volunteer Application.  You only need to fill this form out once a year and will receive a confirmation email within 10 working days of submitting your application.

     

    New to overnight trailwork?  Click here to get a better idea of what it’s like to be a Trailwork Volunteer.

    Difficulty Level: Strenuous - This project involves daily hikes of 5 - 6 miles on challenging terrain, at elevations of 7,500 - 10,800 ft, while carrying tools and all of your gear for the day.  Participants need to be of a high general fitness level to move at a pace that will allow the group to reach trailwork sites by a set time.  Participants should have some experience in the outdoors. This trip will be physically strenuous and extremely rewarding.

    About the Trail - Located in Mt. Charleston Wilderness, 5.6 mile Griffith Peak Trail has been closed since being decimated by the Carpenter One fire and successive flooding in 2013.  The trail is currently under an array of logs and, in some places, non-existent.  Before wildfire, the trail provided a quieter alternative to South Loop Trail and offered views of the back of Red Rock Canyon.  Reopening Griffith Peak Trail will give hikers additional access to alpine Bristlecone Pine forests, Griffith Peak (11,059 ft), and Charleston Peak (11,916 ft).  We'll be approaching Griffith Peak Trail from Kyle Canyon, via the South Loop Trail.

    About the Trailwork - This project doesn’t require any prior trailwork experience.  You’ll receive a safety and training session before working, including proper techniques and tool use.  We typically leave camp at 8 am and return by 4 pm. Be prepared be away from camp all day by carrying a day pack with lunch and at least 3 liters of water.  We'll be on the trail Thursday - Sunday.  We hope you can join us for the whole hitch, but you can also come for as little as two days.  If you arrive part way through, you’ll need to meet us on the trail.

    What You'll Need - Sturdy closed-toe shoes, long pants, and a long-sleeved shirt are required for this project.  You’ll need a day pack and the capacity to carry at least 3 liters of water.  You're responsible for your own camping gear and snacks as well as transportation to and from the project.  Because there’s limited packing space, we’ll be asking some volunteers for this project to use tents that have already been packed up the trail.  

    What We'll Have - We'll provide tools, gloves, and hard hats.  We'll have group camp gear, including ample water and cooking gear such as stoves and tables.  We'll be making dinner for everyone at night, have a breakfast bar and coffee in the mornings, as well as basic sandwich fixings so you can make lunch for the day.

    Camp - We'll be camping along South Loop trail, 4.2 miles and 2,900 up from the trailhead.  We strongly encourage you to make use of our pack support to get your gear up the trail on Thursday.  That way, more of our energy is spent building the trail rather than hiking up it.  We’ll share more information with you about how to prep your gear to be packed. Otherwise, you are responsible to backpack your gear up to camp.

  • Ely Trails and Route Restoration 6 RSVPs

    Friday, September 20, 2019 at 12:00 PM through September 23, 2019
    Friends of Nevada Wilderness International Headquarters in Sparks, NV

    Friends of Nevada Wilderness and volunteers will be working with the Ely District of the US Forest Service to restore illegal trespass routes and maintain hiking trails around Ely, NV. Project specifics are still being hammered out, but spots are limited, so RSVP soon to save your spot. 

     

    *Due to the distance of the project site this will be a 4-day project leaving Friday morning and returning Monday afternoon*

  • National Public Lands Day 2019 18 RSVPs

    Friday, September 27, 2019 at 12:00 PM through September 29, 2019
    Friends of Nevada Wilderness International Headquarters in Sparks, NV

    Celebrate your Public Lands!

    Mark your calendars for this year's National Public Lands Day at Soldier Meadows.

    - More details coming soon -

     

  • National Public Lands Day at Big Rocks Wilderness! 15 RSVPs

    Saturday, September 28, 2019 at 09:00 AM through September 29, 2019
    Big Rocks Wilderness

    *This project is currently full.  Email snvstewardship@nevadawilderness.org to join the waitlist.*

    Spend the weekend celebrating the 26th annual National Public Lands Day with us at Big Rocks Wilderness!  Roll up your sleeves to help install barriers that will prevent illegal motorized incursions into the Wilderness.  This is critical to protecting the area for hikers and hunters.  Big Rocks Wilderness overlaps with the North Pahroc mountain range and contains mountains, canyons, and - you guessed it - large, jumbled boulders! 

    We'll work on Saturday, camp overnight, and explore the area on Sunday.  Join us to experience an awesome place and give back to the public lands that give us so much!

    What You'll Need: For while we're working, wear close-toed shoes, long pants, and a long-sleeve shirt and bring a water bottle and lunches for yourself.  For overnight, bring everything you'll need to be set up camp for the night.  Getting to this project requires some off-pavement driving.  We'll have a limited number of seats available for those who need to carpool.

    What We'll Have:  A delicious camp dinner & dessert, breakfast bar and coffee in the morning, plenty of water, and all of the tools, hard hats, and other gear we'll need to make a difference!

    *Volunteers under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a parent/guardian.*

  • Wild Speaker Series 2 RSVPs

    Thursday, October 03, 2019 at 06:45 PM
    REI - Boca Park in Las Vegas, NV


    Meet The Amargosa

    Join Friends for our October Wild Speaker Series, “Meet The Amargosa” at REI Boca Park. Tanya Henderson, Executive Director of the Amargosa Conservancy, will be our presenter as we learn about the Amargosa River and what conservationists like the Amargosa Conservancy are doing to save this habitat. Tanya will present in detail on the Amargosa groundwater basin and some of it's resources as well as recreational opportunities. The Amargosa River is one of two rivers in the Mojave Desert supporting a unique ecosystem home to it's own endangered, endemic species and a vital water source for many other creatures. Just 90 miles northwest of Las Vegas, parts of the Amargosa are an easy excursion out of the city and into some solitude. The Amargosa Conservancy works toward a sustainable future for the Amargosa River and its million square acre drainage basin. This will be an event you will not want to miss!

    Tanya first worked in the Amargosa Basin unwittingly as a high schooler. She then visited the area after undergrad while working in the western Mojave and started working for the Amargosa Conservancy in 2015. Over the years she has also taken time to lead multiple summer high school trail maintenance crews and to teach conservation work skills to other Student Conservation Association (SCA) crew leaders. Before joining the Amargosa Conservancy team, she was working with teenagers in Hawaii, teaching organic farming in the rainforest. 

    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. This is a great event for folks who are interested in the outdoors to learn more about hikes, local habitat, and ways to get involved with conservation efforts.

    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!