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  • Alternative Spring Break 2018! 24 RSVPs

    Sunday, March 25, 2018 at 12:00 PM through March 30, 2018
    Pahranagat National Wildlife Refuge


    This project is full and we're no longer able to accept RSVPs.

    Join Friends of Nevada Wilderness for our 8th Annual Alternative Spring Break!!  This week of outdoor service and adventure is extremely rewarding and creates memories that last forever.

    Help us restore habitats in the Pahranagat and Desert National Wildlife Refuges!  We're partnering with the US Fish & Wildlife Service to  provide you with a unique experience during your spring break.  This is a multi-day project with 5 nights of camping on the shore of Upper Pahranagat Lake, starting Sunday evening.  Monday through Thursday, we'll restore fragile desert habitat for bighorn sheep, desert tortoise, and southwestern willow flycatchers.  There is no experience necessary - we'll provide all of the gear and information that you'll need.

    In the evenings we'll enjoy gourmet camp dinners, learn from local experts about our environment, try our hand at using an agave roasting pit, and stargaze at Nevada's dark skies.  We'll also have time to explore the areas that we're working to protect.  This is an excellent opportunity to learn about our local environment, experience cultural resources, and meet fellow outdoor enthusiasts.

    Check out this video to get an idea of what Alternative Spring Break is all about:

    We ask for a $50 deposit to confirm your commitment, which will be fully refunded when you join us for Alternative Spring Break.  The deposit helps us accomodate as many people to participate as we can.  We'll send more information about the deposit and Alternative Spring Break once you RSVP.  

    The trip is free; all meals, gear, and transportation to project sites are provided due to a generous grant from Barrick. This is the fourth year Barrick has provided 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.  


  • Wild Speaker Series 2 RSVPs

    Thursday, April 05, 2018 at 06:45 PM
    REI - Boca Park in Las Vegas, NV

    New Atlases For Nevada

     Join us as we welcome Dr. David Charlet, Professor of Biology, College of Southern Nevada, as our April speaker. April showers send the desert into full bloom mode with color and presentation not visible throughout the year. Dr. Charlet will discuss the trees of our Mojave desert. Nevada, despite being the driest state in the country, has diverse ecosystems that include 59 species of native flowering trees (cottonwoods, willows, oaks, maples, aspen, birch, Joshua trees etc.). He has authored books on his findings titled “Atlas of Nevada Conifers (2nd edition)” and “Atlas of Nevada Mountain Vegetation.” Dr. Charlet will talk about some of our conifers, of which we have 24 native species (3rd most of any state in the nation!) as well as other native trees, some of which are newly discovered!  

    Dr. David Charlet is a Professor of Biology at the College of Southern Nevada. His research concerns the natural history of arid regions with a focus on the Great Basin and Mojave Desert, a region that includes most of Nevada and some of each of the surrounding states. The majority of his research involves how plants are distributed across landscapes and regions.  This will be an educational lecture 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!

  • Southern Nevada Restoration Project & Educational Hike 15 RSVPs

    Saturday, April 14, 2018 at 07:30 AM
    Spirit Mountain Wilderness


    Join the Friends of Nevada Wilderness for a lovely restoration project and educational hike.  Our project will be focused on the restoration of a decommissioned road located next to Spirit Mountain Wilderness.  By vertical mulching the old route we will return a wild appearance to the area and allow for natural restoration. This project will help protect the pristine nature of our beloved wildernesses next door.  

    We'll then enjoy a short quarter-mile hike along Grapevine Trail, stopping at a petroglyph panel to hear local experts speak about the area. Here is a tentative itinerary; I hope you'll join us for a fun day cleaning up and learning about this rugged landscape.

    7:30am Meet at Fiesta Parking Area
    9:30am Decommissioned Road Restoration Project
    12:15pm Drive to Grapevine Trailhead & Break for Lunch
    1:00pm Listen to Speakers at Petroglyph Panel
    3:30pm Depart Grapevine for Fiesta Parking Area

    This project is located in the far southern reaches of Nevada (Telephone Cove), so I'll be organizing a carpool in the parking lot of the Fiesta Hotel & Casino in Henderson at 7:30am, Saturday, April 14th, 2018.  Please park in the Northeast corner of the outdoor parking area, immediately next to Lake Mead Blvd and a bus stop.  There will be limited space available in our vehicle, so please be prepared to drive your personal vehicle or carpool others in your vehicle, if interested.

    Be sure to come prepared with sunscreen, water, lunch and appropriate clothing for a wild day under the sun in the desert.  We'll supply gear (gloves, tools, etc.), snacks and extra water.  Be sure to RSVP and please contact Nicholas Scritchfield with any questions or for more information at or (715) 220-7974.

    Photograph courtesy of Jose Witt.

  • Brownstone Basin Beautification! 1 RSVP

    Saturday, April 21, 2018 at 08:00 AM
    Brownstone Basin

    Spend your day helping beautify and protect Brownstone Basin!  Located in La Madre Mountain Wilderness and Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, Brownstone Basin is one of Nevada's most spectacular areas.  The basin is rich in Native American history and home to the threatened desert tortoise and bighorn sheep.  We'll spend the day protecting Brownstone Basin in two ways: repairing and extending a vehicle barrier and installing an information kiosk.  We'll also take a short hike to see nearby pictographs.

    What You'll Need: Sturdy, close-toed shoes and long pants.  A water bottle.  Lunch and snacks for yourself.

  • Help Protect Little Red Rocks! 1 RSVP

    Saturday, April 28, 2018 at 07:30 AM
    La Madre Mountain Wilderness

    Help Friends of Nevada Wilderness protect the Little Red Rocks area of La Madre Mountain Wilderness!  Little Red Rocks is just what it sounds like - hills of the iconic limestone and red sandstone of Red Rock Canyon, on a smaller scale.  We'll spend the day on the edge of Little Red Rocks, installing a barrier to visually define the Wilderness boundary and prevent motor vehicles from driving in.  Spend the day helping protect this beautiful bit of wild Nevada!

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

  • Great Community Clean-Up 2018 3 RSVPs

    Saturday, May 05, 2018 at 08:00 AM
    Michael S. Thompson Hunter Creek Trailhead


    Join us as we partner with Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful for the Annual Great Community Clean-Up! 

    We will meet at the Michael S. Thompson trailhead at 7:30 am, more commonly known as the Hunter Creek trail. We will provide tools and gloves and we ask that you come prepared with long pants, layers, and sturdy boots. From the trailhead we will hike 1-3 miles into the Mt. Rose Wilderness and spend the morning removing invasive Musk Thistle Rosettes.

    As a thank you for all your hard work, Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful will host an afternoon barbecue for all volunteers!


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