April 16th is National Citizen Science Day!
We're celebrating by leading a Spring Monitoring Hike in the Spring Mountains. But this isn't just any hike to go monitor springs. The Forest Service Botanist will help us keep an eye out for nonnative and rare plants we can record while we're monitoring. We'll get a chance to collect data and learn some of the local plants!
This will involve a rigorous off-trail hike on uneven terrain for at least 2 miles. No prior experience is necessary, we can train you to monitor springs at the event. Experience hiking is valuable but not required. We will be hiking at an elevation higher than Las Vegas so the air will be thinner, you will get winded more easily. The spring(s) we visit will depend on weather and what still needs to be monitored, so exact details will be sent out in the week leading up to the event.
You will need
- Sturdy, closed-toe hiking shoes
- Lunch & snacks
- An appetite for adventure and learning!
We will provide
- Water testing equipment
- Extra water for refills
- And hopefully answers to many of your questions about monitoring springs
This Program is designed to give volunteers the basics so they can then independently monitor springs. Here's more information about the Program. Our protocol is informed by the Spring Stewardship Institute. If you have time before joining us I encourage you to check out the springs data website.
If you have any questions about the Citizen Science Day Hike, the Spring Monitoring Program or the Spring Stewardship Institute's website please give us a call, 702-515-5417!