Calendar of Events


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


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

 

  • Wild Speaker Series: Birding on the Rocks 3 RSVPs

    Thursday, February 03, 2022 at 07:00 PM
    The Pad Climbing in Henderson, NV

    Birding on the Rocks

    Join Friends for our February Wild Speaker Series: "Birding on the Rocks" in an online Zoom presentation. 

    On Thursday, February 3rd, we'll be discussing birding in Southern Nevada - and specifically birding in popular climbing locations! We will be joined by The Audubon Society's Alex Harper, who will speak about some of the familiar and unique birds found across popular climbing locations and wilderness areas across the state, how to find them, and how the birds are faring in a changing climate.

    Join us at The Pad Climbing for our return to in-person Wild Speaker Series talks! We're excited to finally flock together with our Speaker Series community once again. If you will not be able to attend in-person or you have been tuning in from other places, worry not! We will be broadcasting the talk live on our Facebook and YouTube accounts. If you would like to tune in virtually, you can do so on our YouTube Live here: https://youtu.be/KwFOoL22Hko

    We'll wrap up with a Q&A session to answer all your questions about birding!  This will be an informative chat for the whole family!

     


    Every first Thursday of the month at 7pm, 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. 

  • Wahoo for Wilderness! Annual Volunteer Appreciation Day! 16 RSVPs

    Sunday, February 13, 2022 at 02:00 PM
    Red Spring Picnic Area in Las Vegas, NV

    Join us on Sunday, February 13th 2022 to celebrate our wonderful volunteers, community, and all the fantastic work for the wild we accomplished in 2021!

    Hello friends & fans of the wilderness! We are so happy to invite you to our annual Wahoo for Wilderness Volunteer Appreciation event. We feel there's no better way to say thank you and build excitement for the upcoming year of stewardship and volunteering than to get together and say WAHOO! Whether you helped a little, a lot, or somewhere in between, we are so grateful for all your effort. The wilderness and our communities are continually improved by people like you. 

    Help us celebrate all that's been accomplished over the last year by joining us at the Red Spring Picnic Area on Sunday, February 13 for an afternoon of food, fun, and games. We will also have some awards to say an extra special thanks to our dear volunteers that have gone above and beyond. We'll provide the refreshments, so bring yourself and your best WAHOO!

    Please RSVP so we can plan accordingly! If you have any questions about this event, please call our office at (702) 515-5417 

  • First Creek and Beaks! 20 RSVPs

    Saturday, February 26, 2022 at 08:00 AM
    First Creek Trailhead in Las Vegas, NV

    Here in southern Nevada, springs are often the only reliable source of water for our wildlife. Birds visit from miles around and even stop at the local springs on continental migrations. That makes springs a great spot to watch for all types of birds, from hummingbirds to songbirds to raptors!

    We're teaming up with the Red Rock Audubon on February 26th to learn more about birds at springs! We'll hike about a mile and a half to First Creek, a beautiful spring at the foot of the escarpment in Red Rock. This spring has lots of exposed groundwater and many trees and shrubs that are excellent bird habitat. This is a great event for people interested in learning more about our feathered friends and experienced birders alike. We'll also get an opportunity to learn and practice spring monitoring techniques, take a nice winter hike, meet more cool springs volunteers, and enjoy this awesome spring! 

    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 expect: We'll hike about 3 miles roundtrip to the spring from the First Creek Trailhead on a mostly flat trail with a few scrambly or loose sections. Then, we'll spend a couple hours practicing spring surveying techniques and learning birding at a cool spring! You'll get your hands a little wet and dirty trying out the equipment.  We'll have extra water, snacks, and all the materials you need for spring surveying. 

    What to bring: sun protection (hat, sunscreen, sunglasses), comfortable clothing for being outside, shoes or hiking boots suitable for walking on a trail, and water and snacks. If you have binoculars, bring them so you can get a better look at the birds!

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    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!).

    See you there!

     

  • Alternative Spring Break 2022 12 RSVPs

    Sunday, March 13, 2022 at 11:00 AM through March 18, 2022
    Gold Butte National Monument

    College students and college-aged young adults:  Turn your spring break trip into a conservation vacation by joining us for our 10th 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 Bureau of Land Management to provide you with a unique experience for your spring break.  This is a multi-day project with five nights of camping in Gold Butte National Monument, 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 habitat in Lime Canyon Wilderness, survey oases of springs amid the sandstone, and explore otherworldly rock formations.  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, visit hobgoblins at Little Finland, 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 Las Vegas are provided thanks to grant funding through the Southern Nevada Public Lands Management Act (aka SNPLMA). This support provides funds for us to host the event and get students out on the ground to accomplish critical restoration projects and foster stewardship in Nevada while gaining experience in the natural resources field.  

    About Gold Butte National Monument – 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 learn about National Monuments and other Conservation Lands.  Our good friends at Friends of Gold Butte have excellent resources to learn about Gold Butte here.  This isn't our first Gold Butte ASB Rodeo, check out how much fun we had last time here!

     

    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 ASB 2018 at Pahranagat National Wildlife Refuge

    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 our funding, 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 a location in Las Vegas.  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.  Masks will be provided and are required in 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.  You won't want to leave early, anyway :)

    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 week-long nature of this project and US Fish & Wildlife Service volunteer protocols, we can only accept participants that are 18 years of age or older.  This trip is intended for young adults and college aged adults.  We have many opportunities for people outside of that range.  Typical participants range in age from 18-30.  Thank you for understanding. 

    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.

    What about Covid?

    Our staff and AmeriCorps members are all fully vaccinated and will undergo covid-19 testing prior to departing for ASB.  Participants will be required to provide a negative PCR test before departure and we will all - staff, volunteers, participants - undergo rapid testing on the day of departure, provided by Friends of Nevada Wilderness.  Should anyone feel ill during the trip, we will have rapid tests on hand.  Masks will be provided and required in vehicles, as well as in any situations in which safe distancing is not possible.  We aim to keep everyone safe and healthy and to have fun!

    If you have questions, please contact Peter Sbraccia at [email protected]!  

     

    We can't wait to see you on the trail!