Southern Nevada National Public Lands Day 2022

Join Friends of Nevada Wilderness in celebrating National Public Lands Day for an overnight Spring Monitoring Trip / Training in Nye County, Friday September 23 to Saturday September 24!!

Difficulty: Easy to Moderate. Expect a 3-4mi round trip hike over rock and sand terrain with warm day and cool night temperatures.

This Year for National Public Lands Day Friends is inviting you to join us for a overnight trip to a TBD 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 camping 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 - Space is Limited!

More information can be found below. 

When and Where: 12:01 pm Friday September 24th to 4:00 pm Saturday September 25th. West side of the Spring Mountains NRA in Nye Co. 

What is the plan: Friends of Nevada Wilderness staff will bring two trucks to pick up volunteers at the arranged TBD pick up location at noon (Friday 9/24). Volunteers will load up personal gear and the group will head out to the general spring location / camp site in the Spring Mountains NRA. From there we will set up camp, as well as prepare for dinner. (FNW will be providing camp dinner and breakfast as well as water and snacks). The next morning (Saturday 9/25) FNW will be providing a quick breakfast before we hike ~1.5 mile into the immediate spring area. Once at the spring, the Spring Coordinator will walk volunteers through a basic springs survey and assessment. If there is any disturbance to the spring or surrounding area some light restoration work may be done. This could be anything from a simple trash pick up to unsanctioned off-road trail closures. Once all activity at the spring is conducted we will hike back to camp to load up and return to the meeting location and close out the day.

What to expect: Warm day and cool night temperatures. A medium distance and difficulty hike (~3 mi round trip) over dirt and rock terrain. Camping in a primitive site with no vault toilets or running water (Potable water will be provided). 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 camp dinner and breakfast as well as water and snacks. We'll also bring all the surveying equipment you need. Camping / sleeping gear such as tent, sleeping bag, or pad can be provided if needed. Please inform the Friends staff prior to the event if you need to barrow any equipment.

What you should bringProtective, 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. Consider any extra clothing you may need for this special overnight trip. Camping / Sleeping gear such as a tent, sleeping bag, and pad (camping gear can be provided by FNW if needed), 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].  

RSVP now to save your spot - Space is Limited!

September 23, 2022 at 1:00pm - September 24, 2022
Nye County Springs
Montana Stevens ·
Brian Kleeger Kim Coakley Amina Anderson

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