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!


  • Deadhorse Trailhead Makeover in the Desert Refuge! 13 RSVPs

    Saturday, October 19, 2019 at 08:00 AM through October 20, 2019
    Desert National Wildlife Refuge

    Help us makeover the Deadhorse Trailhead, far in the backcountry of the Desert National Wildlife Refuge!  We'll spend Saturday driving to the project site, installing and replacing signs, and building a rustic barrier to prevent the trailhead from growing ever larger.  We'll camp out at the trailhead that night (dinner & dessert included), then drive back to town on Sunday morning.  This is a great opportunity to take care of desert lands, meet fellow outdoors people, and unplug at one of the most remote places in southern Nevada!

    Deadhorse Trailhead is within the 300,000 acres of the Desert Refuge that the Air Force wants to seize control of to add to their 2.9 million acre Nevada Testing & Training Range.  Join us for this project to see the area for yourself and know what's at stake.  To learn more about our efforts to save the Desert National Wildlife Refuge, click here.  

    What You'll Need: For while we're working, wear close-toed shoes, long pants, and a long-sleeve shirt and bring a water bottle and lunches for yourself.  For overnight, bring everything you'll need to set up camp for the night.  Getting to this project requires driving an un-maintained road.  We'll have a limited number of seats available for those who need to carpool.

    What We'll Have:  A delicious camp dinner & dessert, breakfast bar and coffee in the morning, plenty of water, and all of the tools, hard hats, and other gear we'll need to make a difference!

  • Hunter Lake Kiosk Project 1 1 RSVP

    Tuesday, October 29, 2019 at 08:00 AM
    Friends of Nevada Wilderness International Headquarters in Sparks, NV

    Give back to our backyard wilderness, Mt Rose! Join us as we replace and fix the informational kiosks at Hunter Lake Road. The new kiosks will hold an updated Mt Rose Wilderness map, important safety information, leave-no-trace info, and other relevant information. 

    The Hunter Lake road is a popular trail for Jeep and rock crawling enthusiasts, and we are currently looking for volunteers to help mark designated routes and restore areas of trespass to their natural state. Friends of Nevada Wilderness can provide transportation for volunteers from our office located in Sparks, NV. 

  • Wild & Scenic Film Festival 2019 3 RSVPs

    Saturday, November 02, 2019 at 03:00 PM
    Zappos Campus in Las Vegas, NV

    *********PRE-SALE TICKET PRICES END November 1st @ MIDNIGHT****************

    Tickets are on sale now: $12 pre-sale, $5 for kids under 12 years old. Tickets the day of the Festival are $15.

    Friends of Nevada Wilderness is hosting our 7th annual screening of the Wild & Scenic Film Festival and membership drive at Zappos Campus Downtown Las Vegas on Saturday, November 2nd. We will start @ 3:00 pm with a Community Fair. Come out and enjoy food trucks, giveaways, music and information about Zappos and our non-profit community partners before the film program begin @ 5 pm. We also will be serving beer and wine to guests over 21 years of age.

    The film program will feature conservation minded films each focusing on a subject that relates to nature, science, and/or outdoor recreation. We will also have raffle prizes, special guests speakers and presentations! Come enjoy a night of entertainment for a good cause.

    Click here to purchase tickets:

    Wild & Scenic Film Festival 2019 Tickets!!

    What is the Wild & Scenic Film Festival?

    The Wild & Scenic Film Festival works with environmentally conscious groups across the globe to inspire activism in our local communities through the power of film.  We hope to use the festival to encourage a better community understanding of the connection we share with the planet and emphasize our role as stewards to keep it healthy for the next generations.

    Why Friends of Nevada Wilderness?

    The Wild & Scenic Film Festival is Friends of Nevada Wilderness' southern flagship fundraising event to further our mission of protecting and stewarding wilderness in Nevada.  It's a place to meet like-minded outdoor enthusiasts, learn about local and global environmental issues, and support our efforts to get boots on the ground in our backyard wild places.  

    Film Festival Parking and Ticket Pick Up

    Parking is located on Stewart between 6th and 7th Ave!

    For online ticket purchase pick up, visit will call at the box office located in the Zappos Plaza. 

     We Would Like to Thank Our 2019 Sponsors!



  • Volunteer at the Wild & Scenic Film Festival! 1 RSVP

    Sunday, November 03, 2019 at 02:00 PM
    Zappos Campus


    Our 7th annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival is right around the corner and we're seeking your help to make it a success!  Volunteering at the Film Fest is a fun way to experience the event and includes a free ticket.  We have all kinds of jobs to fit your unique skills!  We need passionate people to help with: welcoming and orienting guests as they arrive, raffle/silent auction, ushering guests to the theater, will call, and being our mascot Hayford the Bighorn Sheep!

    Volunteer shifts will begin at 2pm and most will end when the movies start.  Thanks for helping connect community members to our wilderness work!

  • Wild Speaker Series

    Thursday, November 07, 2019 at 06:45 PM
    REI - Boca Park in Las Vegas, NV

    Geological and Biological Evolution of the Mojave Desert

    Join Friends for our November Wild Speaker Series, Geological and Biological Evolution of the Mojave Desert, at REI Boca Park. Dr. Steve Rowland, professor emeritus of Geology at UNLV, will summarize current views about how and when the Mojave Desert formed, how it has changed over time, and which species of plants and animals have been most useful in reconstructing this history. Thousands of years ago, woolly mammoths roamed the Las Vegas valley. Where can we find evidence of this lost world? What are environmentalists doing to preserve this history through stories and research? Find out more from Dr. Rowland at our November event. This will be an educational and fun experience that will detail the history of the Mojave Desert!

    Steve Rowland is an emeritus professor of geology at UNLV. His PhD is from the University of California, Santa Cruz. Dr. Rowland is a paleontologist with broad interests in various fossil groups and the geological and biological evolution of southwestern North America. His ongoing research projects include (1) the paleoecology of Columbian mammoths in Nevada and California, and (2) fossil trackways of dinosaurs and other animals in Red Rock Canyon Valley of Fire, and Gold Butte. He is currently editing a book on the natural history of Death Valley and the Mojave Desert.

    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!


  • Arrow Canyon Route Restoration! 8 RSVPs

    Saturday, November 09, 2019 at 08:00 AM
    Arrow Canyon Wilderness

    Join us Saturday, November 9 at Arrow Canyon Wilderness to help disguise and remove an illegal vehicle incursion into the wilderness!  Arrow Canyon Wilderness is a rich archaeological area with many petroglyph and artifact sites throughout. It comprises over 27,000 acres of protected natural, cultural, and scientific resources. 

    We will be decompacting and vertical mulching a section of hillside that has been severely eroded from motorists attempting to skirt an existing barrier at the wilderness boundary.  Driving over desert surfaces causes serious soil compaction, which can make it impossible for plants and animals to penetrate the ground. Soil compaction also increases flash flooding effects, leading to rapid erosion. 

    By decompacting the soil with tools, we help restore the ground’s ability to absorb water, germinate seeds, and provide shelter for critters! Vertical mulching is a method of erosion control.  Dead and down plant material is gathered and “planted” vertically in decompacted soil. The plants do double duty as decaying material returns carbon and nutrients to the soil, and their branches catch seeds and moisture, creating a hospitable environment for new growth.  Vertical mulching also serves as a visual deterrent to illegal vehicle use!

    This is a one-day project with a very short walk to the worksite in the beautiful northern portion of Arrow Canyon Wilderness in Clark County.  A 4x4 vehicle with high clearance is required to reach the area – Friends of Nevada Wilderness has limited space in our vehicles, please let us know if you need a ride!

    What You'll Need: For your safety you must wear closed-toed shoes, long pants, and a long-sleeve shirt and bring a water bottle and lunches for yourself. Dressing in layers is recommended as the weather can be variable without much notice in the desert.  Remember, winter is coming! 

    What We’ll Have:  We will provide safety gloves, hard hats, tools, snacks, and extra water.  We also have limited space in our vehicles, if you need a ride!

    Where and when:  We will meet on the third floor of the parking garage at the Cannery Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas at 8:00 am on Saturday, November 9.  We will aim to return to the Cannery by 3:00pm.  

    This project is made possible through the generous support of REI. 

  • Black Canyon Wilderness Protection with Knit Studios! *PRIVATE*

    Saturday, November 09, 2019 at 09:00 AM
    Black Canyon Wilderness

    Knit Studios employees are joining us once again to take care of Nevada's wild lands!  This time we're helping wildlife by improving a vehicle barrier on the boundary of Black Canyon Wilderness.  Knit Studios (aka SH Architecture) is a phenomenal partner and supporter of Friends and we're thrilled to be teaming up again!  

    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.

  • Big Rocks Wilderness Protection!

    Saturday, November 16, 2019 at 07:30 AM
    Big Rocks Wilderness in Caliente, NV

    We need your help to protect the primitive nature of Big Rocks Wilderness!  This rugged area just outside of Caliente, NV is a jumble of boulders where elk roam gently climbing slopes.  We'll spend the day installing barriers to prevent vehicles from driving into Wilderness (where vehicles are prohibited) from adjacent areas where motorized use is allowed and encouraged.  The barriers will help protect the habitat for creatures that live there and protect the area for visitors seeking a more natural outdoor experience.  

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

    *Volunteers under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a parent/guardian.*