Northern Nevada Calendar of Events

Check out a full list of volunteer and other events in Northern Nevada!

 

  • Great Community Clean Up 2021! 10 RSVPs

    Saturday, May 01, 2021 at 08:00 AM
    Hunter Creek Trailhead

    Kick off the Spring by Volunteering in Mt Rose Wilderness!  

    Join Friends of Nevada Wilderness in partnership with Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful (KTMB) for their annual event, the Great Community Clean Up! This fun and rewarding project provides the opportunity to directly benefit the Wilderness by removing invasive plants from the Mt. Rose Wilderness. Using shovels, we will work to reduce the population of the invasive Musk Thistle. Invasive plants have many negative impacts on the native environment. They out-compete native plants for resources, increase soil erosion, damage important wildlife habitats, and increase fire danger. The work is rewarding and you get to experience some truly beautiful country, all right next to Reno. From the trailhead, we will hike 1-3 miles into the Mt.Rose Wilderness, partially off-trail. Join us for a great outing into our Public Lands and RSVP today!

    *This project is not appropriate for children under 12 years old. Parent/Guardian must be present with anyone under 18 years old.

     

    Time: May 1st, 2021; 8 am -12 pm (arrive 30 minutes early to sign-in and get supplies ready) 

    Location: Hunter Creek Trailhead

    Required Items: Sturdy shoes (no sandals!), long pants, long-sleeves, 1-2 liters of water

    Provided by FNW: Tools, leather gloves 

     

    RSVP required to participate. 

    For more info on the Great Community Clean Up: Click Here

    In addition to our usual safety measures, we are currently requiring volunteers to follow these COVID guidelines

  • Wilderness Weed Warriors #2 3 RSVPs

    Saturday, May 08, 2021 at 08:00 AM
    Hunter Creek Trailhead

    Meet at the Hunter Creek Trailhead (map). From the trailhead, we will hike 1-3 miles into the Mt.Rose Wilderness. 

    Mt. Rose Wilderness is a beautiful piece of nature right on the edge of Reno! Make a difference this spring and join us by removing invasive plants. Invasive plants upset the delicate balance of nature by outcompeting native plants, reducing wildlife habitat, degrading water quality, and increasing fire danger. This project is a fun and rewarding way to make a difference while spending the morning in a beautiful place! 

    Please wear long pants, a face mask, long-sleeves, and closed-toed shoes. Bring at least 2 liters of water (1 liter = approx. 2 typical size water bottles), sunscreen, and a lunch/snacks.

     

    RSVP required to participate

    In addition to our normal safety procedures, we are asking volunteers to follow our Covid-19 safety guidelines that can be found here

  • Wilderness Weed Warriors #3 3 RSVPs

    Wednesday, May 12, 2021 at 08:00 AM
    Hunter Creek Trailhead

    Meet at the Hunter Creek Trailhead (map). From the trailhead, we will hike 1-3 miles into the Mt.Rose Wilderness. 

    Mt. Rose Wilderness is a beautiful piece of nature right on the edge of Reno! Make a difference this spring and join us by removing invasive plants. Invasive plants upset the delicate balance of nature by outcompeting native plants, reducing wildlife habitat, degrading water quality, and increasing fire danger. This project is a fun and rewarding way to make a difference while spending the morning in a beautiful place! 

    Please wear long pants, a face mask, long-sleeves, and closed-toed shoes. Bring at least 2 liters of water (1 liter = approx. 2 typical size water bottles), sunscreen, and a lunch/snacks.

     

    RSVP required to participate

    In addition to our normal safety procedures, we are asking volunteers to follow our Covid-19 safety guidelines that can be found here

  • Wilderness Weed Warriors #4

    Wednesday, May 19, 2021 at 08:00 AM
    Hunter Creek Trailhead

    Meet at the Hunter Creek Trailhead (map). From the trailhead, we will hike 1-3 miles into the Mt.Rose Wilderness. 

    Mt. Rose Wilderness is a beautiful piece of nature right on the edge of Reno! Make a difference this spring and join us by removing invasive plants. Invasive plants upset the delicate balance of nature by outcompeting native plants, reducing wildlife habitat, degrading water quality, and increasing fire danger. This project is a fun and rewarding way to make a difference while spending the morning in a beautiful place! 

    Please wear long pants, a face mask, long-sleeves, and closed-toed shoes. Bring at least 2 liters of water (1 liter = approx. 2 typical size water bottles), sunscreen, and a lunch/snacks.

     

    RSVP required to participate

    In addition to our normal safety procedures, we are asking volunteers to follow our Covid-19 safety guidelines that can be found here

  • Hunter Creek Trail Maintenance - National Trails Day 2021

    Wednesday, June 02, 2021 at 07:30 AM
    Hunter Creek Trail, Reno NV

    The Hunter Creek Trail is one of the most loved and most-used trails in the Reno area. Because of this, it is also one of the most impacted areas in the Mt Rose Wilderness. Join us in giving back to Reno's backyard wilderness by maintaining sections of the hiking trail with our Trail Crew Leader Tara and Associate Director/Trails Program Manager, Kurt. The work will include cutting back overgrown vegetation, repairing eroded or damaged areas of the trail, and restoring non-trail areas damaged by overuse. It's going to be a fun day of volunteering with great people and rewarding results. RSVP today! 

     

     


    Information

    Difficulty: Strenuous. It may not be appropriate for everyone. Requires the ability to hike 6 miles with a backpack, work with tools, sometimes move objects, and repeated motions. Having said that, feel free to reach out to us and discuss the difficulty of the project if you have any concerns. There are many roles in trail maintenance and we can usually find ones appropriate to meet most people's level. 

    What to wear/bring: Long pants, long sleeves, sturdy closed-toed shoes, and a mask are required. Bring a backpack with 3 liters of water, sunscreen, snacks, and lunch. FNW will provide gloves, hardhats, tools, and all the necessary training. 

    Time: We will begin work at 7:30 am and go until mid-afternoon. Please arrive at least 15 minutes early to sign in and get your tools. 

    Further Details: Further details including what to bring, daily schedule, and weather-related factors will be provided to those who have RSVP'd on a date much closer to the project date. Plans are subject to change. We will always give as much notice as possible when this happens. 

    Contact Info: Please email or call with any questions or for further details: Chris@NevadaWilderness.org and our office phone number: 775-324-7667. 

     

    RSVP is required to participate. Spots are limited. 

    For a recommended packing list, click here.

    In addition to our normal safety procedures, we are asking volunteers to follow our Covid-19 safety guidelines that can be found here.

     

  • Wilderness Weed Warriors #5

    Wednesday, June 09, 2021 at 08:00 AM
    Hunter Creek Trailhead

    Meet at the Hunter Creek Trailhead (map). From the trailhead, we will hike 1-3 miles into the Mt.Rose Wilderness. 

    Mt. Rose Wilderness is a beautiful piece of nature right on the edge of Reno! Make a difference this spring and join us by removing invasive plants. Invasive plants upset the delicate balance of nature by outcompeting native plants, reducing wildlife habitat, degrading water quality, and increasing fire danger. This project is a fun and rewarding way to make a difference while spending the morning in a beautiful place! 

    Please wear long pants, a face mask, long-sleeves, and closed-toed shoes. Bring at least 2 liters of water (1 liter = approx. 2 typical size water bottles), sunscreen, and a lunch/snacks.

     

    RSVP required to particpate

    In addition to our normal safety procedures, we are asking volunteers to follow our Covid-19 safety guidelines that can be found here

  • Santa Rosa Bull Thistle Extravaganza! 7 RSVPs

    Friday, June 11, 2021 at 12:00 PM through June 13, 2021
    Friends of Nevada Wilderness Office, Sparks, NV

    Knock knock

    --Who's there? 

    Thistle

    --Thistle who? 

    Thistle make you laugh.

     

    It's time again for the Santa Rosa Bull Thistle Extravaganza! Join us in Falls Canyon on the western slopes of the Santa-Rosa Paradise-Peak Wilderness. We will be hiking up the canyon and removing the invasive Bull Thistle as we go. How far we hike will depend on the number of Thistle we find, however, I would estimate we'll hike around 6 miles total. There will be food provided by FNW, fun and laughter, beautiful scenery, and meaningful work. So what are you waiting for? RSVP today! 

    The campsite is at the trailhead and can be reached without 4-wheel drive but higher clearance is necessary. We will provide breakfast Saturday and Sunday, dinner on Saturday evening, water, and we can loan you any camping gear you may need. Feel free to contact Chris Cutshaw, Stewardship Coordinator, at [email protected] with any questions or additional details.

     

    Mountains of Falls Canyon at Sunset


    Information:

    Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult. It may not be appropriate for everyone. Requires the ability to hike up to 8 miles a day with a heavy pack, work with shovels, and work in warm, sunny weather. Having said that, feel free to reach out to us and discuss the difficulty of the project if you have any concerns. 

    Food: For this project, yes! we will be offering some group meals. We are planning to do a big group dinner on Saturday night along with breakfasts and coffee. Volunteers are expected to provide their own lunches, snacks, and dinner Friday night. 

    Driving: At this time, FNW is not offering rides in our vehicles due to COVID safety concerns. For this project, a 4-wheel drive vehicle is not required to reach the campsites, but, high clearance may be necessary. 

    Specific Details: Details such as exact camping location, 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. 

    Contact Info: Please email or call Chris Cutshaw with any questions or for further details. He can be reached at [email protected] and our office phone number: 775-324-7667. 

     

    For a recommended packing list, click here.

    In addition to our normal safety procedures, we are asking volunteers to follow our Covid-19 safety guidelines that can be found here.

  • Volunteer Trail Crew #1 - Arc Dome Wilderness 4 RSVPs

    Friday, June 18, 2021 at 12:00 PM through June 24, 2021

    Join our Volunteer Trail Crew! 

    This year, Friends of Nevada Wilderness is offering the opportunity to be a part of our professional trails program as a volunteer! We are hosting six volunteer trail crew hitches in multiple locations around northern Nevada. Join us for just one or all of them! Friends of Nevada Wilderness will provide all of the training, safety equipment, and trail maintenance tools. 

    The first four volunteer trail crew hitches will take place in Arc Dome Wilderness, in central Nevada. We are restoring numerous trails including the North and South Twin Trails (which can be hiked as a loop or used to access the deeper portions of Arc Dome Wilderness, including the summits of Toiyabe Dome Arc Dome itself), the Jett Canyon Trail (towards the Southeast corner of the Wilderness), and possibly others. The trails of Arc Dome go through beautiful canyons and meadows filled with creeks, Aspens, pine trees, and rugged rock outcroppings. 

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

     

     

     

     

     


    Information:

    Difficulty: These projects are some of the most strenuous we offer and may not be appropriate for everyone. They require the ability to hike 10 miles a day with a heavy pack, work with tools, sometimes move heavy objects. Having said that, feel free to reach out to us and discuss the difficulty of the project if you have any concerns. There are many roles in trail maintenance and we can usually find ones appropriate to meet everyone's level. 

    Dates: June 18-25. Unlike our typical projects, this one runs from Friday (6/18) through Friday (6/25). We will be leaving Reno Friday mid-day and starting work on Saturday, the following Friday we will not be working but returning to Reno. Volunteers are welcome to join us for however many of these days as they wish. It would be great if you could do the whole hitch, but we understand if your schedule does not allow this and we would love to see you out there for any amount of time you can offer! When the project date gets closer, we'll reach out to those who have RSVP'd and discuss this further.  

    Food: For this project, yes! we will be offering some group meals. We are planning to do a big group dinner on Saturday night and a Taco Tuesday dinner on Tuesday. Volunteers are expected to provide their own lunches, snacks, and breakfast. We will be providing coffee every morning! 

    Driving: At this time, FNW is not offering rides in our vehicles due to COVID safety concerns. For this project, a 4-wheel drive vehicle is not required to reach the campsite, but, we will let you know if that changes. 

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

    Contact Info: Please email or call Kurt Kuznicki with any questions or for further details. He can be reached at [email protected] and our office phone number: 775-324-7667. 

     

    RSVP is required to participate. 

    For a recommended packing list, click here.

    In addition to our normal safety procedures, we are asking volunteers to follow our Covid-19 safety guidelines that can be found here.

  • Wilderness Weed Warriors #6

    Wednesday, June 23, 2021 at 08:00 AM
    Hunter Creek Trailhead

    This is the final (and farthest) Weed Warriors of the year! 

    Meet at the Hunter Creek Trailhead (map). This project will involve hiking past the waterfall at the end of the Hunter Creek Trail, with shovels, and removing the invasive Musk Thistle! This will equal about 6 miles of hiking, plus the project work. 

    Mt. Rose Wilderness is a beautiful piece of nature right on the edge of Reno! Make a difference this spring and join us by removing invasive plants. Invasive plants upset the delicate balance of nature by outcompeting native plants, reducing wildlife habitat, degrading water quality, and increasing fire danger. This project is a fun and rewarding way to make a difference while spending the morning in a beautiful place! 

    Please wear long pants, a face mask, long-sleeves, and closed-toed shoes. Bring at least 2 liters of water (1 liter = approx. 2 typical size water bottles), sunscreen, and a lunch/snacks.

     

    RSVP required to participate


    Information:

    Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult. This project may not be appropriate for children under 16 years old. The project requires the ability to hike up to 7 miles, work with full-sized shovels, hike off-trail on steep slopes, and work in hot, sunny weather. Feel free to reach out to us and discuss the difficulty of the project if you have any concerns. 

    What to Wear/Bring: Face mask, long pants, a long-sleeved shirt, and sturdy, closed-toed shoes are required. Bring a backpack with 3 liters of water, snacks, lunch, & sunscreen. 

    Location: Meet at the Hunter Creek Trailhead (map)

    Specific Details: Further details such as 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. 

    Contact Info: Please email or call our Stewardship Staff (Nora Richter or Chris Cutshaw) with any questions or for further details. They can be reached at [email protected] and our office phone number: 775-324-7667. 

     

    For a recommended packing list, click here.

    In addition to our normal safety procedures, we are asking volunteers to follow our Covid-19 safety guidelines that can be found here.

  • Seeds of Success #1 (Native Seed Collection) 3 RSVPs

    Friday, June 25, 2021 at 12:00 PM through June 27, 2021
    Friends of Nevada Wilderness Office, Sparks, NV

    Help us collect native seeds to be used in restoration efforts! Seeds of Success (SOS) is a native seed collection program, led by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in partnership with numerous federal agencies and non-federal organizations. The mission is to increase the quality and quantity of native plant materials available for restoring and supporting native ecosystems.

    The species being collected are recognized by ecologists as the foundation of healthy Great Basin plant communities. If enough native seeds are collected, they can be used in large-scale restoration efforts to increase resilience against invasive species and slow wildfire cycles that imperil our sagebrush ecosystems. Currently, the commercially available seeds are sourced from outside the Great Basin in areas that have different microclimates than Nevada. Although they're technically the same species, these seeds have a lower probability of taking hold in Nevada than seeds collected from our area. Locally-adapted seed has a much better chance of surviving because it’s from the exact elevation, climate, and precipitation zones from which it’s going back into the ground. That is why these seed collection efforts are so important. We are really excited to offer this volunteer opportunity and be a part of this program. RSVP before spots fill up!

    The location of this project will be announced in the week leading up to the project date, so some flexibility will be required. Seed scouting teams will be working throughout northwest Nevada and will let us know which populations are ready to collect in the week leading up to this project. We will be working on Saturday and possibly Sunday morning. FNW will provide gloves, tools, and some food: breakfasts Saturday and Sunday and dinner Saturday night. We have plenty of camping gear if you need to borrow anything. At this time, we are not providing rides in our vehicles. Most likely, a higher clearance, 4-wheel drive vehicle will be necessary. 

     

    RSVP required to participate


    Information:

    Difficulty: Easy to Moderate. It may not be appropriate for everyone. Requires the ability to hike 2-4 miles a day with a backpack, repetitive bending over, and work in warm, sunny weather. Feel free to reach out to us and discuss the difficulty of the project if you have any concerns. 

    Food: For this project, yes! we will be offering some group meals. We are planning to do a big group dinner on Saturday night along with breakfasts and coffee. Volunteers are expected to provide their own lunches, snacks, and dinner Friday night. 

    Driving: At this time, FNW is not offering rides in our vehicles due to COVID safety concerns. For this project, a 4-wheel drive vehicle may be required to reach the campsite and work areas. More details will be provided closer to the project date

    Specific Details: Details such as exact camping location, 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. 

    Contact Info: Please email or call Chris Cutshaw with any questions or for further details. He can be reached at [email protected] and our office phone number: 775-324-7667. 

     

    For a recommended packing list, click here.

    In addition to our normal safety procedures, we are asking volunteers to follow our Covid-19 safety guidelines that can be found here.