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!


 

  • Washoe County Lands Bill Public Meeting 2 RSVPs

    Thursday, February 20, 2020 at 04:00 PM
    Reno-Sparks Convention Center



    We need your help to secure permanent protection for hundreds of thousands of acres of the most wild and remote land in northern Washoe County!

    What used to be called the Washoe County Economic Development and Conservation Act is now called the Truckee Meadows Public Land Management Act. After facing a number of obstacles in 2018 that prevented a successful outcome, Washoe County officials have restarted and rebranded the discussion they hope will lead to introduction of a public lands bill in Congress by mid-2020. Washoe County, the City of Reno, and the City of Sparks are working together to bring forward a joint proposal for the new public lands bill. With your help, we have the opportunity to ensure a meaningful conservation component is included that will permanently protect key wildlife habitat and cultural resources. We need your help to secure permanent protection for hundreds of thousands of acres of the most wild and remote land in northern Washoe County stretching from just north of Pyramid Lake to the Oregon border - join us at the public meeting to speak up for wildlife, wild lands, cultural resources, and recreation!

    Show your support for permanent protection for our public lands in Washoe County!

    Thursday, February 20, 2020 at 4 PM – 7 PM
    Reno-Sparks Convention Center
    4590 S. Virginia St. Reno, NV 89502

    Stand by your lands in Washoe County - join us at the public meeting to speak up for wildlife, wild lands, cultural resources, and recreation!

    You can RSVP here or via email to kat@nevadawilderness.org

     

    photo by Scott Moore

  • Desert National Wildlife Refuge Barrier Build! 2 RSVPs

    Saturday, February 29, 2020 at 09:00 AM
    Desert National Wildlife Refuge in Las Vegas, NV

    Leap (Day) to it, and Gate 'er Done!  We're installing a gate at the southern boundary of Desert National Wildlife Refuge on Saturday, February 29th - Leap Day! 

    I can't think of a better way to spend Bonus Day, February 29, than giving back to our Public Lands! 

     

    Leap on this opportunity to install a turnstile gate in the fence on the southern boundary of DNWR, just a hop, skip, and a jump from the Corn Creek Visitor Center.

     

    I hope you'll join me at the Corn Creek Visitor Center at 9:00am on Saturday, February 29 to install a turnstile gate with pass-through for hikers.  This gate will help prevent illegal incursions by off-road vehicles into the Desert National Wildlife Refuge, while still allowing hikers and wildlife to walk through.  The worksite is a short drive (less than 1 mile) down an unpaved road, a 4x4 and high clearance are recommended!  We do have a few seats in our truck, please contact me when you RSVP if you need a seat.

     

    What We'll Have:  Tools, personal protective equipment for everyone, snacks, water, all the materials we'll need, and good vibes!

    What You Should Bring:  long pants, long sleeves, closed toe shoes, a water bottle or your hydration system of choice, sunscreen, a hat, and more good vibes!

    We should be wrapped up and back at the Visitor Center by 1:00pm!  Pack a lunch and enjoy the trails around Corn Creek if you're looking for a pleasant way to spend the afternoon.

  • Wild Speaker Series

    Thursday, March 05, 2020 at 06:45 PM
    REI - Boca Park in Las Vegas, NV

    Ghosts of The Great Basin

    Friends of Nevada Wilderness invites you to our March Wild Speaker Series. Our presenter will be Cody Walton of the Great Basin Institute. Cody will provide a detailed view into the formation of the Great Basin. From the ancient Cambrian sea (over 500 million years ago) to today’s high desert, the Great Basin has been home to a wide variety of life. This presentation will explore the formation of the Great Basin as a unique geological feature and present examples of the ancient animals, such as the American Mastodon and Shonisaurus. Cody will also detail the prehistoric Natives that called the Great Basin home thousands of years before American settlers moved out west. This will be an informative presentation you won't want to miss!

    Cody Walton is a archaeologist with the Great Basin Institute. The Great Basin Institute is an interdisciplinary field studies organization that promotes environmental research, education, and conservation throughout the West. The Institute advances ecological literacy and habitat restoration through educational outreach and direct service programs.  

    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!

     

  • Alternative Spring Break 2020 17 RSVPs

    Sunday, March 15, 2020 at 12:00 PM through March 20, 2020
    Pahranagat National Wildlife Refuge

    Turn your spring break trip into a conservation vacation by joining us for our 9th annual Alternative Spring Break!  During this week of service and adventure you’ll give back to the environment, meet new people, and explore the great outdoors!  Plus, it’s FREE! 

    We're partnering with the US Fish & Wildlife Service to provide you with a unique experience for your spring break.  This is a multi-day project with five nights of camping on the shore of Upper Pahranagat Lake, starting Sunday evening.  We'll stargaze at Nevada’s dark skies, breathe in crisp desert air, enjoy gourmet camp meals, and learn about our environment from local experts.  During the days we'll restore habitats at the Pahranagat & Desert National Wildlife Refuges.  This year we’re setting aside even more time to explore the areas we’re working to protect.  We’ll take a few short hikes to see petroglyphs, play in sand dunes, and more!  There is no experience necessary - we'll provide all of the gear and information that you'll need.

    The trip is free!  All meals, gear, and transportation to and from UNLV are provided due to a generous grants from the Lincoln Dynamic Foundation and Southern Nevada Conservancy. These supporters provide 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.  

    About the Desert National Wildlife Refuge Complex – The Desert Refuge is the largest wildlife refuge in the contiguous United States and was originally protected because of its outstanding habitat for desert bighorn sheep.  Click here to see pictures of the area. 

    Frequently Asked Questions

    To give you a better idea of what it’s like to be at Alternative Spring Break, check out the answers to our most frequently asked questions.  You can also get a feel for the experience by watching this video and checking out pictures from last time

    What do Alternative Spring Break participants do?
    Volunteers are a vital part of keeping our public lands and wilderness areas safe and clean.  Alternative Spring Break participants will volunteer by working on the ground with others to heal and protect wild places.  This trip is fun, rewarding, and can be a great way to meet new Friends.  You’ll also get to explore the places we’re working to protect and learn about our environment from local experts.

    What is the cost?
    It's free!  Thanks to the generous support of the Lincoln Dynamic Foundation and Southern Nevada Conservancy, we're able to provide all the meals, gear, and transportation, including tools, safety gear, cooking equipment, chairs, and tents.  All we ask you to bring is personal items, like clothes.  We do ask for a $49 deposit to confirm your commitment, which will be fully refunded when you join us for Alternative Spring Break.  The deposit helps us accommodate as many people to participate as we can.

    Do I need to have prior experience?
    Nope!  Alternative Spring Break doesn’t require prior restoration or camping experience, and we encourage all levels of experience to get involved.  You’ll receive a safety and training session by the leaders before you begin working on a project, including proper techniques and appropriate tool use.  

    What do I need to bring? Click here for a list of what to bring.  (This may vary slightly as ASB gets closer.  If it does, we’ll make sure you know!)

    How do I sign up for Alternative Spring Break?
    Signing up is simple and there’s no application!  Simply fill out your contact info at the bottom of this page and click the red “Send RSVP” button.  We’ll send you an email with information about the deposit and a link to a short survey.  The $49 deposit is to confirm your RSVP and will be fully refunded.  It helps us accommodate as many people to participate as we can.  If the deposit it tough for you, let us know and we’ll work it out.  The survey includes things like dietary restrictions and medical information that helps us plan for the week.

    How do I get to the project?
    We’ll provide all transportation, including picking you up and dropping you off at UNLV.  We ask that folks carpool with us and not use their own vehicles to get to ASB.  As you can likely imagine, if everyone drives separately, we simply don’t have enough room to park all of the vehicles.

    Do I have to stay for the entire project?
    We ask that you come for the entirety of Alternative Spring Break.  It’s simply too logistically difficult for us to plan meals and coordinate safe projects when the group size fluctuates.

    Will there be a camp host or chef on the project?
    We’ll be cooking up gourmet camp dinners and desserts every night!  We’ll have coffee, tea, and a breakfast bar in the mornings.  We’ll also have lots of tasty snacks and lunch fixings.

    What are the age requirements?
    Due to the weeklong nature of this project and US Fish & Wildlife Service volunteer protocols, we can only accept participants that are 18 years of age or older.

    Can I bring my dog?
    Due to safety reasons and concern for the animal’s well-being we do not allow pets at Alternative Spring Break.  There are swinging tools and moving objects at our work sites, which could be potentially hazardous.  In addition, while your pet may be adorable and well-behaved, not everyone is comfortable around dogs.

     

     

  • Turtlehead Peak Graffiti Removal at Red Rock Canyon!🚫🎨➕🏔🚫 1 RSVP

    Friday, April 03, 2020 at 08:00 AM
    Red Rock Canyon Visitor Center in Las Vegas, NV

    Join us for a Graffiti Clean-Up at Turtlehead Peak in collaboration with our friends at the Bureau of Land Management and Friends of Red Rock Canyon!  

    Do glimpses of garish gobs of paint in Red Rock Canyon grind your gears?  Does the sight of serene canyons sprayed and scrawled upon make your skin crawl

    Of course it does! It's truly - and literally - criminal

    So lend us a hand, and we'll loan you a brush! And together, we'll clean up Turtlehead Peak!

    We'll meet at 8:00am on Friday April, 3 at the Red Rock Canyon Visitor Center by the flagpole, and then carpool to the Turtlehead Peak trailhead. 

    From there it's a strenuous 4.6 mile roundtrip hike, with plenty of paint to remove on the way.  

    *** This is a VERY steep, uneven and rocky, trail.  Please keep this in mind when RSVP'ing.  Turtlehead Peak is an extremely strenuous hike! ***

    What We'll Have:  all the gear needed to remove graffiti - wire brushes, paint remover, water, and safety gear like goggles and gloves.  We'll also have snacks and cold water for you to fill your bottles.

    What You Need to Bring:  please wear long pants, closed toe shoes, and absolutely nothing you'd be concerned about getting paint on.  You may get paint on your clothes, and it may not wash out!  Snacks, water and something to put water in, and elbow grease are also highly recommended! Sunscreen or a hat are recommended, there is no shade on the trail.  

    How We Do It:  There's no special skill involved, just scrubbing, scrubbing, scrubbing!  We'll apply a mild paint thinning solution to the afflicted rocks, wait a little bit for it set in, and then scrub with wire brushes, rinse and repeat.  

     

    See you on the trail!  RSVP Today - Space is Limited!

  • Part II: Turtlehead Peak Graffiti Removal at Red Rock Canyon! 🚫🎨➕🏔🚫 1 RSVP

    Friday, April 17, 2020 at 08:00 AM
    Red Rock Canyon Visitor Center in Las Vegas, NV

    Join us for a Graffiti Clean-Up at Turtlehead Peak in collaboration with our friends at the Bureau of Land Management and Friends of Red Rock Canyon!  

    Do glimpses of garish gobs of paint in Red Rock Canyon grind your gears?  Does the sight of serene canyons sprayed and scrawled upon make your skin crawl

    Of course it does! It's truly - and literally - criminal

    So lend us a hand, and we'll loan you a brush! And together, we'll clean up Turtlehead Peak!

    We'll meet at 8:00am on Friday April, 17 at the Red Rock Canyon Visitor Center by the flagpole, and then carpool to the Turtlehead Peak trailhead. 

    From there it's a strenuous 4.6 mile roundtrip hike, with plenty of paint to remove on the way.  

    *** This is a VERY steep, uneven and rocky, trail.  Please keep this in mind when RSVP'ing.  Turtlehead Peak is an extremely strenuous hike! ***

    What We'll Have:  all the gear needed to remove graffiti - wire brushes, paint remover, water, and safety gear like goggles and gloves.  We'll also have snacks and cold water for you to fill your bottles.

    What You Need to Bring:  please wear long pants, closed toe shoes, and absolutely nothing you'd be concerned about getting paint on.  You may get paint on your clothes, and it may not wash out!  Snacks, water and something to put water in, and elbow grease are also highly recommended! Sunscreen or a hat are recommended, there is no shade on the trail.  

    How We Do It:  There's no special skill involved, just scrubbing, scrubbing, scrubbing!  We'll apply a mild paint thinning solution to the afflicted rocks, wait a little bit for it set in, and then scrub with wire brushes, rinse and repeat.  

     

    See you on the trail!  RSVP Today - Space is Limited!

  • Join The Griffith Peak Volunteer Trail Crew! 15 RSVPs

    Friday, May 15, 2020 at 10:00 AM
    Mt. Charleston Wilderness

    https://twitter.com/LasVegasSun/status/1221476139744530433

    Starting May 2020, we will begin our final summer re-building the Griffith Peak Trail, the only trail still closed due to damage caused by the devastating Carpenter 1 Fire of 2013. But, we need your help to get this done! Join us on overnight stewardship events as we work to re-open the Griffith Peak Trail.

    We will camp out high in Mt. Charleston Wilderness while completing much needed backcountry trail maintenance like removing down trees and building new tread where the trail has been completely lost. Like an authentic trail crew, we will camp for several nights and continue our work each morning. Come, sleep under the stars, breathe in the clean mountain air, experience Mt. Charleston Wilderness up close, and appreciate trails in a new way this summer. Building a trail side-by-side with other outdoors lovers is a fun and immensely rewarding way to give back to the places you love.  

    Does this sound like something you would like to be a part of?  Great! RSVP at the bottom of the page and we'll email you on May 15th when we release the schedule of this summer's hitches.


    ⛺️🌌👷👷‍♀️⛰

    About the Trail - Located in Mt. Charleston Wilderness, 5.6 mile Griffith Peak Trail has been closed since being decimated by the Carpenter 1 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 - No prior trailwork experience is required! You’ll receive a safety and training session before working, including proper techniques and tool use. Be prepared be do trailwork all day by carrying a day pack with lunch and at least 3 liters of water.  We will work in 4-day hitches, we hope you can join us for the whole time, but you can also come for as little as two days.

    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 (Example below 🐴🐴😍) to get your gear up the trail. That way, more of our energy is spent building the trail rather than backpacking up it. Otherwise, you are responsible to backpack your gear up to camp.

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


    RSVP below if you are interested in joining our Volunteer Trail Crew this summer!
    Details will be sent on May 15, 2020 and projects will begin shortly after.
    Join us in our efforts to re-open Griffith Peak Trail!