Join Friends of Nevada Wilderness for a Spring Monitoring Training to Grapevine Spring in Nye County, Friday September 30th!
Difficulty: Easy to Moderate. Expect a 3-4mi round trip hike over rock and sand terrain with warm day temperatures.
This will be a trip to Grapevine Spring in the Spring Mountains NRA within Nye County. As a volunteer this event will give you the opportunity to steward one of the many unique and valuable springs in Southern Nevada.
This trip will primarily focus on spring monitor training and education. The goal will be for you to learn the ins & outs of basic spring monitoring techniques and concepts. This includes accessing and identifying spring activity, learning how to write a site quality description, taking physical and chemical measurements such as water quality & flow, wildlife observations and identification, and much more. This training will be the first major step in providing you with the skills and knowledge needed to undertake independent spring survey trips to a vast amount of springs in Southern Nevada under the guidance of Friends of Nevada Wilderness, and the Spring Stewardship Program to aid in collecting extremely valuable data about precious water resources and wildlife while getting to explore Southern Nevada.
This is an excellent opportunity for those wanting to provide care for while also enjoying and learning about the wild lands of Nevada. We hope that you can join us!
RSVP now to save your spot, capped at 4 spots - Space is Limited!
When and Where: 9:00am - 4:00pm Thursday September 15th. West side of the Spring Mountains NRA in Nye Co. Travel to the spring will be provided by Friends of Nevada Wilderness. Meeting location TBD
What to expect: Warm day temperatures. A relatively short hike (~3mi round trip) over dirt and rock terrain. A few hours of learning about and practicing spring surveying techniques at a unique spring location. Getting your hands a little wet and dirty trying out equipment and taking flow.
What we bring: Friends of Nevada Wilderness will provide transportation to/from the spring location and meeting location. We will be providing water and snacks. We'll also bring all the surveying equipment you need.
What you should bring: Protective, comfortable, and practical clothing for hiking and working outdoors. This should definitely include close toed shoes that can comfortably be worn on a 3 mile round trip hike. You'll also want a daypack loaded with at least 2 liters of water, snacks, sun protection (hat, sunscreen, sunglasses), and note taking materials if desired.
What you should not bring: alcohol or drugs, perishable / refrigerable food, dogs or pets.
More details will be sent out to RSVPs in advance of the event.
Please send questions to [email protected].