Calendar of Events

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

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


 

  • 13th Annual Black Rock Rendezvous 20 RSVPs

    Friday, May 25, 2018 at 06:00 PM through May 28, 2018
    Black Rock Desert - Cassidy Mine Area

     

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    We are gearing up for the 13th Annual Black Rock Rendezvous. Set aside Memorial Day weekend, May 25-28th 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, Nevada Department of Wildlife, 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 such as Outdoor Ethics, Pikas, Dark Skies, Rockets, Art, and Pollinator Seeds. Tours will include Hot Springs, Photography, Geodes, Hikes, and back for the 3rd year in a row, a Dutch Oven 101 class.

    Volunteers will have the opportunity to clean up the area surrounding a hot spring, delineate a road at Silver Cabin, as well as restore critical dune habitat.

    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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  • National Trails Day 2018 - Northern Nevada 9 RSVPs

    Friday, June 01, 2018 at 12:00 PM through June 03, 2018
    Friends of Nevada Wilderness in Sparks, NV

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    Join Friends of Nevada Wilderness, Friends of Black Rock-High Rock, and the BLM as we celebrate National Trails Day at beautiful Steven's Camp just north of High Rock Canyon. The weekend will involve some fun trail work, maintenance of the historic public-use cabin, delicious food, and good company!

    Friends of Nevada Wilderness will provide breakfast Saturday and Sunday, a decadent dinner Saturday night, any necessary tools, and a ride as needed. This trip is always very popular so be sure to RSVP and save your spot today!

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  • National Trails Day 2018! 3 RSVPs

    Saturday, June 02, 2018 at 08:00 AM
    Mt. Charleston Wilderness

    Join us in celebrating National Trails Day by beginning the effort to re-open Griffith Peak Trail!  This 5-mile trail connects to South Loop trail and leads hikers to Griffith Peak.  Unfortunately, Griffith Peak Trail has been closed since being damaged by the Carpenter One Fire and successive flooding in 2013.  In addition to trailwork, we'll be installing a new Wilderness sign!  Help us move Griffith Peak Trail a little closer to opening!

    What You'll Need: Wear sturdy, closed-toe shoes and long pants.  Bring a water bottle, sunscreen, lunch, and snacks for yourself.

    *Getting to the trail requires a 4x4, high clearance vehicle.  We have limited seats available in our truck, so please let us know if you'd like us to save you a seat when you sign up.*

  • Mt Rose Wilderness Weed Warriors #4 - Northern Nevada 4 RSVPs

    Wednesday, June 06, 2018 at 07:30 AM
    Michael S. Thompson Hunter Creek Trailhead

    Help us restore the Truckee River watershed!

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    Join us as we work on removing invasive weeds from the Mt. Rose Wilderness. Using shovels, we can 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.

    We start each Weed Pull at Hunter Creek Trailhead with a 2-3 mile hike and spend the cool hours of the day digging up Musk Thistle Rosettes. If you haven't experienced Mt. Rose Wilderness, this is the perfect introduction. Join us for a great outing into our Public Lands and RSVP today!

  • Wild Speaker Series

    Thursday, June 07, 2018 at 06:45 PM
    REI - Boca Park in Las Vegas, NV


    Tule Springs Fossil Beds National Monument:  Past, Present and Future

    Join us as we welcome Protectors of Tule Springs’ Directors, Sherri Grotheer and Stan Nudelman, as our June speakers. Tule Springs Fossil Beds National Monument captures a prehistoric time in rock with fossils of extinct mammoths, lions, camels, horses, bison, dire wolves, and several other creatures that roamed what once were wetlands of the area. Our speakers will share the history, importance and development of the Monument, the work their organization is doing to protect its resources, and how you can help their efforts. Come learn more about this hidden treasure in the northern part of the Las Vegas valley!

    The mission of the Protectors of Tule Springs is to increase public understanding, appreciation and enjoyment of the Tule Springs Fossil Beds National Monument (TUSK), through aid to the National Park Service and support of programs for the interpretation and protection of Monument resources. This will be an educational chat about Las Vegas' new National Monument you won't want to miss!

    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. 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 Trailwork with Boy Scouts of America! **PRIVATE**

    Saturday, June 09, 2018 at 07:00 AM
    Griffith Peak Trail

    Friends of Nevada Wilderness partnering with Boy Scouts of America as part of an Eagle Scout Project that focuses on improving Griffith Peak Trail.  This trail has been closed since being burned in the Carpenter One Fire in 2013 and this project will move us one step closer to reopening the area to the public!

    This is a private event.  Friends of Nevada Wilderness coordinates private volunteer opportunities for businesses and other organizations.  It's a great way to give back to the community and increase the camaraderie of your team.  If you'd like to coordinate a similar event for your group, contact us at (702) 515-5417.

  • Mt Rose Wilderness Weed Warriors #5 - Northern Nevada 3 RSVPs

    Wednesday, June 13, 2018 at 07:30 AM
    Michael S. Thompson Hunter Creek Trailhead

    Help Restore the Truckee River Watershed!

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    Join us as we work on removing invasive weeds from the Mt. Rose Wilderness. Using shovels, we can 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.

     

    We start each Weed Pull at Hunter Creek Trailhead with a 2-3 mile hike and spend the cool hours of the day digging up Musk Thistle Rosettes. If you haven't experienced Mt. Rose Wilderness, this is the perfect introduction. Join us for a great outing into our Public Lands and RSVP today!

  • Santa Rosa's Bull Thistle Extravaganza 5 RSVPs

    Friday, June 15, 2018 at 02:00 PM through June 17, 2018
    Friends of Nevada Wilderness International Headquarters in Sparks, NV

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    Knock knock

    --Who's there? 

    Thistle

    --Thistle who? 

    Thistle make you laugh.

     

    Didn't make you laugh? That's ok, it wasn't very funny. BUT, we will be enjoying thistle-pulling fun times the weekend of June 15-17th in the Santa Rosa Mountains!

    Join us for a weekend in the backcountry of the beautiful Santa Rosa Mountains, camped near a peaceful waterfall tucked into the back of Falls Canyon. There will be food, there will be laughter, there will be beautiful scenery, and meaningful work. 

    We will be hiking through the canyon removing the noxious weed 'Bull Thistle' in an effort to help the Forest Service eradicate this plant from the Santa Rosa-Paradise Peak Wilderness. We will be using shovels to remove the plant, and hiking with GPS units to track their locations in this canyon.

    We would love to have a large group for this project; bring a friend for bonus points!

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    We will provide breakfast, dinner on Saturday evening, and rides on a first come first serve basis, as well as any loaner gear you may need. Stand by for additional details, and feel free to contact Nora Kaufmann, Stewardship Manager, at nora@nevadawilderness.org for additional details.

     

  • Mt Rose Wilderness Weed Warriors #6 - Northern Nevada 3 RSVPs

    Wednesday, June 20, 2018 at 07:30 AM
    Michael S. Thompson Hunter Creek Trailhead

    Give back to your backyard Wilderness!

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     Join us as we work on removing invasive weeds from the Mt. Rose Wilderness. Using shovels, we can 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.

    We start each Weed Pull at Hunter Creek Trailhead with a 2-3 mile hike and spend the cool hours of the day digging up Musk Thistle Rosettes. If you haven't experienced Mt. Rose Wilderness, this is the perfect introduction. Join us for a great outing into our Public Lands and RSVP today!

  • Bonanza Extravaganza, Part 1!

    Thursday, June 21, 2018 at 08:00 AM through June 24, 2018
    Bonanza Trail

    Join us in Mt. Charleston Wilderness to leave the trail better than you found it!  Trailwork is one of the most fun and rewarding ways to take care of these places we all play - and we need your help!  We'll be camping along the trail in the evenings and maintaining Bonanza Trail during the days.  There's no better way to get to know Mt. Charleston Wilderness!

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

     

    Difficulty Level: Extreme - This project involves daily hikes of up to 6 miles at elevations of 7,500 - 10,600 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 specific destination by a set time.  These are tough trips, but also extremely rewarding.

    About the Trail - Bonanza Trail follows the crest of the Spring Mountains for 16 miles - connecting Cold Creek with the Bristlecone Trail in Lee Canyon.  Bonanza is forested with Ponderosa and Bristlecone Pines, White Fir, and Quaking Aspens.  Spectacular views can be seen from the crest, and our camp.  

    About the Trailwork - We'll use our muscles and hand tools, like shovels and pick mattocks, to make vital improvements and maintain the trail.  We typically head to the work site around 8 am and return to camp by 4 pm.  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.

    What You'll Need - You're responsible for your own camping gear and snacks as well as transportation to and from the project.  Be prepared to be away from camp all day by bringing at least 3 liters of water capacity and a day pack.  Sturdy closed-toe shoes and long pants are required for this project.

    What We'll Have - We'll provide tools for the work, gloves, and hard hats.  We'll have group camp gear, including ample water and cooking gear such as stoves and tables.  We'll also be making dinner for everyone at night and have breakfast 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 the trail, 4.5 miles and 2,600 ft. up from the Cold Creek trailhead.  We strongly encourage you to make use of our pack support to get your gear up the trail.  That way, more of our energy is spent improving the trail rather than hiking up it.  Otherwise, you are responsible to backpack your gear up to camp.

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

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