Northern Nevada Calendar of Events

 


*Please note: Friends of Nevada Wilderness and our partners put a great deal of time and resources into organizing volunteer projects. When you RSVP you are committing to join us on that project. We understand circumstances may arise where you need to cancel. If you can no longer attend, please cancel your RSVP as soon as possible so other volunteers can join the project.


 

  • 2024 National Trails Day 18 RSVPs

    Friday, May 31, 2024 at 12:00 PM through June 02, 2024
    Steven's Camp

     

    Give back to hiking trails! 

    Get to work in an awe-inspiring place! This year National Trails Day will be held out at Steven's Camp, north of High Rock Canyon and the Black Rock Desert. The work will include maintaining the Upper High Rock Canyon Trail, maintaining the public-use cabin, and repairing a section of High Rock Canyon damaged by vehicle travel. Trail maintenance helps keep a trail open and available to the public while minimizing damage to its fragile environment. The work involves cutting back overgrown brush, sawing fallen trees to remove them from the trail, and creating a safe durable surface to hike on. Friends of Nevada Wilderness will provide all the training, safety equipment, and trail maintenance tools needed to get the job done. We'd love to see you at National Trails Day to help maintain this beautiful area. 

    About Steven's Camp and the Upper High Rock Canyon Area

    Steven's Camp is located on the north side of High Rock Canyon Wilderness and High Rock Canyon Area of Critical Environmental Concern. Steven's Camp Recreation Area has a public-use cabin available for visitors on a first-come, first-serve basis. It is located in a unique area surrounded by desert rims and vistas with large meadows. Another cool feature of the area is The Applegate Lassen Emigrant Trail which goes through High Rock Canyon and was used by thousands of Emigrants and their wagons starting in 1848. The journey through was often slow and arduous, fraught with risks from infectious diseases, dehydration, malnutrition, injury, and harsh weather. Who knows, maybe some ruts of the trail can still be observed in this area?

     

    Read about the High Rock Canyon Wilderness here!

    Check out some photos from our 2023 National Trail Day at Steven's Camp on our Flickr here!

     


    Information:

    Difficulty: Easy! See our difficulty rating scale here.  This project is suitable for a wide range of physical abilities. It’s great for individuals new to volunteer conservation work. Appropriate for children over 12 years old with a parent or guardian.

    Location: Steven's Camp, north of High Rock Canyon and the Black Rock Desert

    Dates: Friday, May 31st - Sunday, June 2nd

    Travel: Leave Reno at 12 pm on Friday, returning Sunday afternoon. Most cars should be fine, Higher Clearance and 4WD are recommended to reach the campsite (one small creek crossing near the campsite). A limited number of spots are available in Friends trucks to transport volunteers and carpooling is also an option. 

    Food: Breakfast with coffee on Saturday and Sunday and big group dinners and dessert will be provided!

    Gear/Clothing: Long sleeves, long pants, sturdy work or hiking shoes. Camping equipment: tent, sleeping bag, sleeping pad. Camping gear available for loan. Suggested Packing List  

    More Details: In-depth information such as camping location, weather, and project specifics will be sent to those who RSVP about 1 week before the project.

    Questions?: Check out our FAQ page or email [email protected]

     

    RSVP is required to participate.

     

    Friends of Nevada Wilderness and our partners put a great deal of time and resources into organizing volunteer projects. When you RSVP you are committing to join us on that project. We understand circumstances may arise where you need to cancel. So, if you’re no longer able to attend, please cancel your RSVP as soon as possible so another volunteer can join the project. You can cancel your RSVP through the cancellation link in your project confirmation email or by emailing [email protected].

  • Weed Warriors (June 8th) 14 RSVPs

    Saturday, June 08, 2024 at 08:00 AM
    Hunter Creek Trailhead

     

     

    Join us for a weedy weekend in Mount Rose Wilderness! We will meet at the Hunter Creek trailhead at 8 am on Saturday and hike to a location along Hunter Creek Trail as a group to remove the invasive musk thistle. 

    Musk thistle is classified as a noxious weed that spreads prolifically and negatively impacts native ecosystems. This weed thrives in disturbed areas like fire scars and replaces native plants. As wildfire seasons rage hotter and longer, restoration is vital to ensure native species have a fighting chance at survival. Musk thistle competes with desirable native plants, and because of its spiny nature, wildlife rarely graze upon it. When left unmanaged, it can take over and transform the landscape. Removing this invading species directly supports the health of our native ecosystems. Weed pulls are a fun way to spend time outdoors and help support the health of our native ecosystems. 

    See one of last year's Weed Pulls here!

    Read more about the beautiful Mount Rose Wilderness here!


    Information:

    Difficulty: Moderate - See our difficulty rating here. This project is suitable for individuals in good physical conditions who participate in a semi-exercise routing. Most people who are physically active can participate at this level. The project involves hiking 2-4 miles, partially off-trail, creek crossings, steep hills up and down, carrying a shovel, using the shovel, bending up and down

    Location: Hunter Creek Trailhead

    Dates: Saturday, June 8th, 8 am - 3 pm

    Travel: Meet at Hunter Creek Trailhead

    Gear/Clothing: Long sleeves, long pants, sturdy work or hiking shoes. Bring at least 2 liters of water, sunscreen, and a lunch/snacks. Shovels and gloves will be provided. 

    More Details: In-depth information such as weather and project specifics will be sent to those who RSVP about 1 week before the project.

    Questions?: Check out our FAQ page or email [email protected]

     

    RSVP is required to participate.

     

    Friends of Nevada Wilderness and our partners put a great deal of time and resources into organizing volunteer projects. When you RSVP you are committing to join us on that project. We understand circumstances may arise where you need to cancel. So, if you’re no longer able to attend, please cancel your RSVP as soon as possible so another volunteer can join the project. You can cancel your RSVP through the cancellation link in your project confirmation email or by emailing [email protected].

     

     

  • Whitebark Pine #1 5 RSVPs

    Friday, June 14, 2024 at 10:00 AM through June 16, 2024

     

    Help the Whitebark Pine!

    On December 25th, 2022 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service published a final rule (87 FR 76882) to list the Whitebark pine (Pinus albicaulis) as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act. The Whitebark Pine is an important component of western high-elevation forests, their populations have been declining in both the United States and Canada from combined effects. Warmer temperature trends have triggered epidemic outbreaks of the mountain pine beetle (Dendroctonus ponderosae) and lowered the trees’ resistance to white pine blister rust, caused by a nonnative fungus (Cronartium ribicola), both of which have killed millions of trees. Historical fire suppression allowed the march of more shade-tolerant competitors into Whitebark pine habitat, replacing this species through succession. 

    Photo sourced from "Conservation and Management of Whitebark Pine Ecosystems on Bureau of Land Management Lands in the Western United States"

    The overall goal of this project is to provide the BLM with Whitebark Pine seeds so they can study this specific Whitebark Pine population's resiliency towards known killers, propagate seeds, and keep seeds in a seed bank for dispersal at a later time in the event of a fire or population die-off.

    The Whitebark Pine is considered a keystone species, meaning it increases the biodiversity of a community because of the important and critical role it plays in the lifecycle of many other species. This tree provides shelter and food for numerous other plants and animals. The work we are doing is an important step in helping save this tree and its surrounding ecosystem. 

    This project has two parts. This RSVP page is for part one of the project.

    We will be hiking to and working with small, isolated populations of the Whitebark Pine. We will cage the young pine cones with mesh baskets (photo above) to keep the Clarks Nutcracker from eating the seeds as they mature over the summer.

    We will return to the same sites for the second part of the project in October to harvest the mature pine cones.

     

    Read about Pine Forest Range Wilderness!

    Check out last years photos from the Whitebark Pine Project!

     


    Information

    Difficulty: Most Challenging - See our difficulty rating scale here. Strenuous with longer hikes, off-trail hiking, sometimes with significant elevation changes. These trips are very challenging and require excellent aerobic conditioning, past experience in outdoor settings, and familiarity with backcountry hiking and/or camping. Not for beginners.

    Location: Pine Forest Wilderness 

    Dates: June 14th - June 16th

    Travel: 4WD and high clearance required. A limited number of spots are available in Friends trucks.

    Food: Breakfast and coffee are provided Saturday and Sunday as well as a big group Dinner Saturday night with dessert!

    Gear/Clothing: Please wear long sleeves, long pants, and sturdy work or hiking shoes. Camping equipment: tent, sleeping bag, sleeping pad. Camping gear available for loan. Suggested Packing List 

    More Details: In-depth information such as camping location, weather, and project specifics will be sent out about a week before to those who have RSVP'd

    Questions?: Check out our FAQ page or email [email protected]

     

    RSVP is required to participate.

     

    Friends of Nevada Wilderness and our partners put a great deal of time and resources into organizing volunteer projects. When you RSVP you are committing to join us on that project. We understand circumstances may arise where you need to cancel. So, if you’re no longer able to attend, please cancel your RSVP as soon as possible so another volunteer can join the project. You can cancel your RSVP through the cancellation link in your project confirmation email or by emailing [email protected].

     

     

     

  • Table Mountain Volunteer Trail Work! 19 RSVPs

    Thursday, June 27, 2024 at 12:00 PM through June 30, 2024

     

    This project is currently full. To join our waitlist, please email [email protected]

    Annual 'Give Back to Trails' Event

    Table Mountain Wilderness!

    This trail maintenance event is a way for all of us to get together, share our passion for Wilderness, and have a great time while working towards a common goal of keeping trails accessible in our beautiful state. This year, we will be joining forces with our local chapter of Backcountry Hunters and Anglers (BHA).  

    Join us in beautiful Table Mountain Wilderness, in central Nevada for this rewarding project. We will be camping at the trailhead and hiking into the Wilderness to work. The trail work will involve cutting back vegetation as well as mitigating water damage along the trail from the heavy snow melt and rainstorms in 2023. Bring your fishing gear to pass the time in the late afternoon after a day of trail work! 

    Volunteer trail maintenance is hard work, but it is also very rewarding and lots of fun. You will leave this project with a sense of accomplishment, some new skills, and hopefully some new friends! So please, read the info below and RSVP today! 

    Read about Table Mountain Wilderness!

    Check out last years photos from the Give Back to Trails Event with BHA!

    Read the info below and RSVP today! 


    Information:

    Difficulty: Challenging - See our difficulty rating scale here. This project is suitable for individuals in good physical condition who participate in a regular exercise routine. This project may be physically challenging to some people, participants need to be in good physical condition and aware of their physical abilities and limits before joining this project. The project will involve a variety of tasks with 3-5 miles of hiking, on trail with creek crossings, carrying and using a hand tool, and bending up and down. 

    Travel: We will be leaving by noon on Thursday from Reno in order to drive to the trailhead and set up camp before dark. Road conditions are still unknown for this year. We will be reaching out with more information closer to the project. There are limited number of spots available in Friends trucks, so let us know if you need a ride. 

    Dates: Thursday June 27th, 2024 - Sunday June 30th, 2024

    Food: Breakfast and coffee provided on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, big group dinners (with dessert) provided Friday and Saturday night!

    Gear/Clothing: Long sleeves, long pants, sturdy work or hiking shoes. Camping equipment: tent, sleeping bag, sleeping pad. Camping gear is available for loan. Suggested Packing List 

    More Details: In-depth information such as weather and project specifics will be sent to those who RSVP about 1 week before the project.

    Questions?: Check out our FAQ page or email [email protected]

     

    RSVP is required to participate.

     

    Friends of Nevada Wilderness and our partners put a great deal of time and resources into organizing volunteer projects. When you RSVP you are committing to join us on that project. We understand circumstances may arise where you need to cancel. So, if you’re no longer able to attend, please cancel your RSVP as soon as possible so another volunteer can join the project. You can cancel your RSVP through the cancellation link in your project confirmation email or by emailing [email protected].

     

     

     

  • Fence Removal at Sheldon National Wildlife Refuge #1 17 RSVPs

    Friday, July 05, 2024 at 09:00 AM through July 08, 2024

     

    Spend a weekend in the beautiful and pristine Sheldon National Wildlife Refuge while removing non-essential barbed wire fence that will help improve wildlife habitat and re-naturalize the area. 

    Research shows that the West contains enough fencing to circle the equator 25 times which creates a huge problem for wildlife. Sage grouse, peregrine falcons, and other birds collide with fences, and ungulates (hooved wildlife such as deer and pronghorn antelope) must navigate an endless obstacle course. A 2021 paper found that pronghorn in Wyoming encountered fences an average of 249 times in a single year and changed their behavior around the barriers nearly 40% of the time. Fences often ensnare and kill large animals and is a leading factor in sage grouse mortality. Fences also separate mothers from calves, exclude herds from prime habitat, and exhaust and injure animals.

    To help with this important issue, we will be removing the barbed wire and pulling out the metal or wooden posts holding it up. It is such a rewarding project to remove these fences and see a significant difference within a few hours.

    The Sheldon is a vast and rugged land that provides year-round habitat as well as major wintering areas for the Oregon-Nevada interstate pronghorn herd. This is the largest protected landscape in Nevada managed exclusively for native wildlife species. The Sheldon Refuge contains some of the highest-quality sage-grouse habitats remaining in North America. Protecting this habitat and enhancing its health is an important part of minimizing the impact of a possible Endangered Species Act listing of the sage-grouse in 2015. The area's sparse vegetation is dominated by sagebrush, grasses, and other shrubs with local areas of juniper or patches of mountain mahogany. Along the wetter drainages at lower elevations, you can find willow, cottonwood, and aspen. Away from the creeks, water sources are rare, and due to the underlying rock and soil, most upland areas are remarkably dry.

    Photos from the 2021 Sheldon Volunteer Project

    More Information on the Sheldon National Wildlife Refuge

    Check out our Stewards of Sheldon video!


    Information:

    Difficulty: Moderate! See our difficulty rating scale here. This project is suitable for individuals in good physical condition who participate in a semi-exercise routine. Most people who are physically active can participate at this level.

    Location: Sheldon National Wildlife Refuge

    Dates: Friday, July 5th - Monday, July 8th (this is a 4 day project) 

    Travel: Leave Reno on Friday Morning, returning Monday afternoon. Road conditions are still unknown for this year. We will be reaching out with more information closer to the project. A limited number of spots are available in Friends trucks to transport volunteers and carpooling is also an option. 

    Food: Breakfast and coffee are provided on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday. Big group dinners (with dessert) on Saturday and Sunday nights!

    Gear/Clothing: Long sleeves, long pants, sturdy work or hiking shoes. Camping equipment: tent, sleeping bag, sleeping pad. Camping gear available for loan. Suggested Packing List  

    More Details: In-depth information such as camping location, weather, and project specifics will be sent to those who RSVP.

    Questions?: Check out our FAQ page or email [email protected]

     

    RSVP is required to participate

    Friends of Nevada Wilderness and our partners put a great deal of time and resources into organizing volunteer projects. When you RSVP you are committing to join us on that project. We understand circumstances may arise where you need to cancel. So, if you’re no longer able to attend, please cancel your RSVP online as soon as possible so another volunteer can join the project. You can cancel your RSVP through the cancellation link in your project confirmation email or by emailing [email protected].


    Please note: The funding for this project is tentative. We may need to cancel this trip if we do not receive funding to host the project. If that happens, anyone who RSVPs will be notified by June 1st. Thank you for understanding. 


     

  • Jarbidge Volunteer Trail Work! 16 RSVPs

    Thursday, July 25, 2024 at 09:00 AM through July 28, 2024

     

    Join us for volunteer trail work in the beautiful Jarbidge Wilderness! This year marks the 60th anniversary of the Wilderness Act which includes Nevada first Wilderness Area - Jarbidge Wilderness. This is the perfect opportunity to celebrate Jarbidge Wilderness' 60th Birthday! We are unsure which trail we will be working on but the work will likely consist of brushing, tread work, and water drainage. Friends of Nevada Wilderness will provide all of the training, safety equipment, and trail maintenance tools. Trails are a huge priority to us at Friends because they are our access to Wilderness. 

    The original 64,667 acres of the Jarbidge Wilderness was designated with the passage of 1964 Wilderness Act. Although 1964 was before the establishment of Friends of Nevada Wilderness, several founding members of Friends (including Marge Sill, Mother of Nevada Wilderness) were active in establishing the Wilderness Act. The first major campaign for Friends of Nevada Wilderness resulted in the passage of the Nevada Wilderness Protection Act of 1989, which designated an additional 48,500 acres to the Jarbidge Wilderness and brought the wilderness up to its present size of 113,167 acres.

    Read about Jarbidge Wilderness

    Jarbidge Map for sale here.

    Read the info below and RSVP today! 


    Information:

    Difficulty: Challenging - See our difficulty rating scale here. This project is suitable for individuals in good physical condition who participate in a regular exercise routine. This project may be physically challenging to some people, participants need to be in good physical condition and aware of their physical abilities and limits before joining this project. The project will involve a variety of tasks with 3-5 miles of hiking, on trail with creek crossings, carrying and using a hand tool, and bending up and down. 

    Travel: We will be leaving early morning on Thursday from Reno in order to drive to the trailhead and set up camp before dark. Road conditions are still unknown for this year. We will be reaching out with more information closer to the project. There are limited number of spots available in Friends trucks, so let us know if you need a ride. 

    Dates: Thursday July 25th, 2024 - Sunday July 28th, 2024

    Food: Breakfast and coffee are provided on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Big group dinners (with dessert) are provided on Friday and Saturday nights!

    Gear/Clothing: Long sleeves, long pants, sturdy work or hiking shoes. Camping equipment: tent, sleeping bag, sleeping pad. Camping gear is available for loan. Suggested Packing List 

    More Details: In-depth information such as weather and project specifics will be sent to those who RSVP about 1 week before the project.

    Questions?: Check out our FAQ page or email [email protected]

     

    RSVP is required to participate.

    Friends of Nevada Wilderness and our partners put a great deal of time and resources into organizing volunteer projects. When you RSVP you are committing to join us on that project. We understand circumstances may arise where you need to cancel. So, if you’re no longer able to attend, please cancel your RSVP online as soon as possible so another volunteer can join the project. You can cancel your RSVP through the cancellation link in your project confirmation email or by emailing [email protected].

  • 2024 National Public Lands Day 23 RSVPs

    Friday, September 27, 2024 at 12:00 PM through September 29, 2024
    Soldier Meadows

     

    2024 National Public Lands Day at Soldier Meadows!

    We're excited for 2024 National Public Lands Day! Come out and have a blast with a weekend full of projects, fun, and great food (including a Dutch Oven cook-off)! There will be multiple projects for all skill levels, camping in a beautiful location, and a great community of people. You don't want to miss this one, RSVP and save your spot today! Some of this year's projects will include: 

    1 - Fence removal to improve wildlife habitat throughout Soldier Meadows! 

    2 - Cabin/campground cleanup, trash removal, and beautification 

    And more to come! We are still in the planning phase and will have projects for every level! Check back for updates closer to the event!

    As always, this project is free! We will be providing breakfast with coffee Saturday and Sunday as well as a delicious dinner on Saturday night. For this project, a 4-wheel drive vehicle is not required to reach the campsites (as long as it's not too wet), but, higher clearance and good tires are recommended. We have camping gear available for those who need it.  We will have limited space in Friends trucks to transport volunteers and carpooling is an option as well. 

    Check out photos from last year's National Public Lands Day here!


    Information:

    Difficulty: All Levels. There will be projects available for all skill levels and children. 

    Location: Soldier Meadows

    Dates: Friday, September 27th - Sunday, September 29th

    Travel: For this project, a 4-wheel drive vehicle is not required to reach the campsites (as long as it's not too wet), but, higher clearance and good tires are recommended. 

    Food: Breakfast and coffee are provided on Saturday and Sunday, Dutch Oven Cook-off and potluck dinner on Saturday night

    Gear/Clothing: Long sleeves, long pants, sturdy work or hiking shoes. Camping equipment: tent, sleeping bag, sleeping pad. Camping gear is available for loan. Check out our suggested Packing List.

    More Details: Details such as exact camping location, projects, daily schedule, and weather-related factors will be provided to those who have RSVP'd on a date much closer to the project. Plans are subject to change. We will always give as much notice as possible when this happens.

    Questions?: Check out our FAQ page here or email [email protected].

     

    RSVP is required to participate.

     

    Friends of Nevada Wilderness and our partners put a great deal of time and resources into organizing volunteer projects. When you RSVP you are committing to join us on that project. We understand circumstances may arise where you need to cancel. So, if you’re no longer able to attend, please cancel your RSVP as soon as possible so other volunteers can join the project. You can cancel your RSVP through the cancellation link in your project confirmation email or by emailing [email protected].

  • 2024 Mount Rose Native Seed Spreading 19 RSVPs

    Tuesday, October 15, 2024 at 09:00 AM through December 14, 2024

     

    Join us in Restoring Mount Rose Wilderness! 

    In Spring 2024, volunteers will work hard to remove invasive musk thistle from Mount Rose Wilderness! This fall, we will head into Mount Rose Wilderness to spread native seeds in these recovering riparian areas and help bring back native plants. We will hike bags of seeds from native grasses and pollinator-friendly plants, spread them across the meadows by hand, and then let nature take them from there. These are fun projects that usually only take half a day to complete, but can make a huge difference in the ongoing restoration efforts. 


    Information:

    Timing: Seeds are the most successful if spread right before snow or rain, so therefore, we are not setting specific dates at this time. Our timeframe is Late October through mid-December. Those who register on this page will be notified as soon as possible before we head out (about a week's notice). At that point, you can let us know if you are available to join us. Spots will be limited on those projects. 

    Difficulty: Moderate - See our difficulty rating scale here. This project is suitable for individuals in good physical condition who participate in a semi-exercise routing. Most people who are physically active can participate at this level. The project involves hiking 2-6 miles, partially off-trail, creek crossings, steep hills up and down, carrying a shovel, using the shovel, bending up and down. We will carry no more than 10 lbs of seed each. These projects may not be appropriate for children under 12 years of age. 

    Location: Hunter Creek Trailhead

    Gear/Clothing: Long sleeves, long pants, sturdy work or hiking shoes. Bring at least 2 liters of water, sunscreen, and a lunch/snacks. Shovels and gloves will be provided. 

    RSVP/Registration: If you are interested in joining us, please register below. We will contact you as soon as possible before a re-seeding project (about a week's notice). Because this is weather-dependent, flexibility in scheduling is necessary, thanks for your understanding. 

    Questions?: Check out our FAQ page or email [email protected]

     

    RSVP is required to participate.

     

    Friends of Nevada Wilderness and our partners put a great deal of time and resources into organizing volunteer projects. When you RSVP you are committing to join us on that project. We understand circumstances may arise where you need to cancel. So, if you’re no longer able to attend, please cancel your RSVP as soon as possible so other volunteers can join the project. You can cancel your RSVP through the cancellation link in your project confirmation email or by emailing [email protected].

     

     

    PLEASE NOTE: We are not setting specific dates at this time. Seeds are most successful if spread right before snow or rain, so therefore flexibility in scheduling is necessary.

  • Fence Removal at Sheldon National Wildlife Refuge #2 18 RSVPs

    Friday, October 18, 2024 at 09:00 AM through October 20, 2024
    Sheldon National Wildlife Refuge

     

    This project is currently full. To join our waitlist, please email owolff@nevadawilderness.org

    Spend a weekend in the beautiful and pristine Sheldon National Wildlife Refuge while working on restoration projects that will help improve wildlife habitat and re-naturalize the area. Project specifics are still in the works but we will update the details once we know more! Whatever the work entails it will directly help improve the natural area, wildlife, and their habitat. 

    Research shows that the West contains enough fencing to circle the equator 25 times which creates a huge problem for wildlife. Sage grouse, peregrine falcons, and other birds collide with fences, and ungulates (hooved wildlife such as deer and pronghorn antelope) must navigate an endless obstacle course. A 2021 paper found that pronghorn in Wyoming encountered fences an average of 249 times in a single year and changed their behavior around the barriers nearly 40% of the time. Fences often ensnare and kill large animals and is a leading factor in sage grouse mortality. Fences also separate mothers from calves, exclude herds from prime habitat, and exhaust and injure animals.

    To help with this important issue, we will be removing the barbed wire and pulling out the metal or wooden posts holding it up. It is such a rewarding project to remove these fences and see a significant difference within a few hours.

    The Sheldon is a vast and rugged land that provides year-round habitat as well as major wintering areas for the Oregon-Nevada interstate pronghorn herd. This is the largest protected land scape in Nevada managed exclusively for native wildlife species. The Sheldon Refuge contains some of the highest-quality sage-grouse habitat remaining in North America. Protecting this habitat and enhancing its health is an important part to minimizing the impact of a possible Endangered Species Act listing of the sage-grouse in 2015. The area's sparse vegetation is dominated by sagebrush, grasses and other shrubs with local areas of juniper or patches of mountain mahogany. Along the wetter drainages at lower elevations you can find willow, cottonwood and aspen. Away from the creeks, water sources are rare, and due to the underlying rock and soil, most upland areas are remarkably dry.

    Photos from the 2021 Sheldon Volunteer Project

    Check out our Stewards of Sheldon video and Sheldon Story Map.


    Information:

    Difficulty: Moderate - See our difficulty rating here.  This project is suitable for individuals in good physical condition who participate in a semi-exercise routine. Most people who are physically active can participate at this level.

    Location:
    Sheldon National Wildlife Refuge

    Dates: Friday, October 18th - Sunday, October 20th

    Travel: Leave Reno on Friday Morning, returning Sunday afternoon. Road conditions are still unknown for this year. We will be reaching out with more information closer to the project. A limited number of spots are available in Friends trucks to transport volunteers and carpooling is also an option. 

    Food: Breakfast and coffee are provided on Saturday and Sunday, big group dinner (with dessert) on Saturday night.

    Gear/Clothing: Long sleeves, long pants, sturdy work or hiking shoes. Camping equipment: tent, sleeping bag, sleeping pad. Camping gear is available for loan. Check out our suggested Packing List.

    More Details: In-depth information such as camping location, weather, and project specifics will be sent out about a week before to those who have RSVP'd.

    Questions?: Check out our FAQ page here or email [email protected].

     

    RSVP is required to participate.

     

    Friends of Nevada Wilderness and our partners put a great deal of time and resources into organizing volunteer projects. When you RSVP you are committing to join us on that project. We understand circumstances may arise where you need to cancel. So, if you’re no longer able to attend, please cancel your RSVP as soon as possible so other volunteers can join the project. You can cancel your RSVP through the cancellation link in your project confirmation email or by emailing [email protected].


    Please note: The funding for this project is tentative. We may need to cancel this trip if we do not receive funding to host the project. If that happens, anyone who RSVPs will be notified by June 1st. Thank you for understanding.