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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


    To join the waitlist for this project, please email Grace at

    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 9 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.

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