Public Lands Day: Celebrate Wilderness By Giving Back

The Wilderness Act, signed on September 3, 1964, allows Congress to designate Wilderness, but it’s up to people like you to care for it. Join Friends of Nevada Wilderness on National Public Lands Day as we celebrate our public lands in America and the volunteers who care for them. Plus, our state gets the bonus of our first Nevada Public Lands Day, too! Senate Bill 413, signed by Governor Brian Sandoval on June 1, 2017, establishes the last Saturday in September of each year as “Public Lands Day” in Nevada. An official Public Lands Day serves as an annual reminder to our elected officials that Nevadans value our public lands and want to keep them public.

Over 85% of Nevada is public land – now it’s your turn to give back! Continue reading to find out how you can celebrate Public Lands Day in the Black Rock National Conservation Area, the city of Reno, or Gold Butte National Monument.

Northern Nevada


Weeding springs for the Desert Dace. Photo by Nora Kaufmann.

Join Friends of Nevada Wilderness, Nevada Outdoor School, and the Bureau of Land Management Winnemucca District for a fun weekend of camping and volunteering at Soldier Meadows Cabin in the Black Rock Desert-High Rock Canyon National Conservation Area! You can join volunteers in rehabilitating Desert Dace habitat in the hot springs, removing overgrowth that causes flooding and allows the Green Sunfish to threaten and attack the endemic Desert Dace. Bring waders or wellies if you have them!


The historic cabin at Soldier Meadows is used by photographers, hunters, and adventurers. Photo by Kurt Kuznicki.

Volunteers can also join in to pick up trash around the cabin and complete end-of-season repairs on the historic structure. Nevada Outdoor School will be hosting Kid’s Camp for children age five and above. Click here to RSVP!

Patagonia Public Lands Party


Celebrate public lands with us at Patagonia in Reno this Sunday! Photo by Kurt Kuznicki at Gold Butte National Monument.

Can't make it out to the field in northern Nevada? Join us at the Patagonia Outlet in Reno on Center St. for a Sunday Public Lands celebration on October 1 from 12 to 5 pm. We're teaming up with one of our favorite eco-conscious companies to give outdoor lovers a forum to share their stories and their love for our public lands in Nevada on this very special weekend. Find out more here! 

Southern Nevada


Planting prickly natives at National Public Lands Day in Gold Butte. Photo by Kurt Kuznicki.

Join Friends of Nevada Wilderness, Friends of Gold Butte, and the Bureau of Land Management as we celebrate our public lands by caring for our newest national monument, Gold Butte! Volunteers can rehabilitate fragile desert habitat, install signs for the Gold Butte Backcountry Byway, and re-enforce the boundary of Lime Canyon Wilderness.


Volunteers see why Gold Butte National Monument is such a magnificent place. Photo by Kurt Kuznicki.

We will provide breakfast and snacks, so all you'll need to bring is a water bottle, lunch and sunscreen for yourself. Plan to wear long pants, a long sleeve shirt, and wear sturdy, close-toed shoes. This project is limited to persons 16 years of age or older. Click here for details!

Inaugural Nevada Public Lands Day Celebration At Spring Mountain Ranch State Park

Join the Nevada conservation community in celebrating our state's first official Nevada Public Lands Day on Saturday evening starting at 6 pm with live music, beer, and food! Click here for details.

Thank You


Public Lands rally in Carson City, Spring 2017. Photo by Kurt Kuznicki.

Happy Nevada Public Lands Day, and a huge thank you to our volunteers working hard in the field, our supporters who rallied on the steps on the state capitol for SB413 and Nevada Public Lands Day and who write letters and call our representatives and sign petitions, and everyone else who fights to keep Nevada wild!

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