Southern Nevada Calendar of Events

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

  • National Public Lands Day '21: Lovell Canyon Trailwork and Sign Install 17 RSVPs

    Saturday, September 25, 2021 at 09:00 AM
    Lovell Canyon in Spring Mountains, NV

    Join Friends of Nevada Wilderness 9/25 @ 9:00am for some backcountry trailwork along Lovell Canyon Loop in the Spring Mountains for National Public Lands Day 2021!  

    Help us celebrate our National Public Lands on Saturday, September 25 with a day of trail maintenance in Lovell Canyon on the Pahrump side of Mount Charleston. Do you enjoy spending time on public lands?  Do you like to work with your hands?  Then have we got a day out for you!  Join Friends on a trailwork excursion on Lovell Canyon Trail.  

    We'll meet at the trailhead at 9:00am on Saturday 5/25 - National Public Lands Days - to hike and repair a portion of 5.60 mile Lovell Canyon Loop.  We'll also take time to talk about the Spring Mountains cultural and ecological history, while enjoying the sights and sounds of the trail!

    RSVP today! 

  • Wild Speaker Series: Eager as Beavers 2 RSVPs

    Thursday, October 07, 2021 at 07:00 PM

    Eager as Beavers

    Join Friends for our October Wild Speaker Series: "Eager as Beavers" in an online Zoom presentation. Beavers have an astonishing impact on ecosystems throughout the country - they certainly live up to their "busy" stereotype. We will be joined by environmental journalist and author Ben Goldfarb as he shares his knowledge and research about this big, bustling rodents and their charismatic impacts on our wild lands.

    We'll wrap up with a Q&A session to answer all your questions about beavers.  This will be an informative chat for the whole family!

    Please register on zoom in advance for this meeting:

    After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with information about joining the meeting.


    Every first Thursday of the month at 7pm, Friends of Nevada Wilderness hosts a local environmental expert for folks who are interested in the outdoors to learn more about hikes, local habitat, and ways to get involved with conservation efforts.  Formerly in the REI Boca Park Community Room, the Wild Speaker Series is online during the COVID-19 Pandemic for the safety of our staff and supporters.  We will return to REI Boca Park in the near future and continue to make the Wild Speaker Series available virtually.

  • Wild & Scenic Film Festival 2021 - In Person and Virtual 136 RSVPs

    Saturday, October 09, 2021 at 04:30 PM
    Spring Mountain Ranch State Park in Las Vegas, NV

    We are excited to announce our 9th Annual Wild and Scenic Film Festival - in person at the Spring Mountain Ranch State Park and live streaming. Saturday, October 9, 2021.

    Friends of Nevada Wilderness invites you to join us for the 9th Annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival!  In-person at the Spring Mountain Ranch State Park with festivities starting at 4:30pm and available via live-streaming at 6:30pm!  It will be an evening full of thought-provoking, funny, entertaining, and informative films centered around the environment, wildlife, and the human spirit.

    At Spring Mountain Ranch, doors will open at 4:30pm for a community fair where you can interact with conservation groups from across Nevada. Enjoy food from Greek Delights and Dem Boyz BBQ, treats from Dessert Box, wine, beer from Sierra Nevada Brewing Company, raffle, and silent auction all while taking in a Red Rock Canyon sunset. Films will start at 6:30pm and we expect to wrap up the evening at 9:00pm.

    You can also enjoy the film lineup in HD from the comfort of your own home, with the virtual screening room will opening at 6:00pm and films starting promptly at 6:30pm.  A recording of the film fest will also be available for 5 days following the event for all registrants.

    This event is our premier annual fundraiser and membership drive. All proceeds from this event will help Keep Nevada Wild through our stewardship, advocacy and outreach programs.

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    What is the Wild & Scenic Film Festival?

    The Wild & Scenic Film Festival works with environmentally conscious groups across the globe to inspire activism in our local communities through the power of film.  We hope to use the festival to encourage a better community understanding of the connection we share with the planet and emphasize our role as stewards to keep it healthy for the next generations.

    Why Friends of Nevada Wilderness?

    The Wild & Scenic Film Festival is Friends of Nevada Wilderness' flagship fundraising event to further our mission of protecting and stewarding wilderness in Nevada.  It's a place to meet like-minded outdoor enthusiasts, learn about local and global environmental issues, and support our efforts to get boots on the ground in our backyard wild places.


     We Would Like to Thank Our 2021 Sponsors!


    Thank you to our presenting sponsor, The Reserve at Red Rock Canyon!  The Reserve at Red Rock Canyon is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, a place for creating family traditions, building memories, and establishing a legacy for generations to come.  It comprises 65 acres of dramatic, private land and is destined to become one of the most naturally beautiful, environmentally sensitive private communities anywhere, with spectacular panoramic views of Red Rock Canyon and the numerous mountain springs surrounding the property.


    The Wild & Scenic Film Festival is also generously sponsored by Knit.  Knit seeks to build community through four key areas of work.  Each of these areas is a critical component to a resilient and successful community.  Come take a look and be part of the conversation about the places where you live, learn, work, and play.  It is our honor to support the Wild & Scenic Film Festival each year and the work Friends of Nevada Wilderness does to protect Nevada’s wild lands. 


    Thank you to everyone providing in-kind support!


  • Volunteer at Wild and Scenic Film Festival! 9 RSVPs

    Saturday, October 09, 2021 at 05:00 PM
    Spring Mountain Ranch State Park in Blue Diamond, NV

    Volunteers Needed!

    We are looking for volunteers to help us at this year's Wild and Scenic Film Festival! This year the event will be held at Spring Mountain Ranch State Park - there will be food, drinks, and an exciting selection of inspiring short films about adventure, education, and advocacy in our environment. This event is our yearly flagship fundraiser for Southern Nevada and we can't pull it off without some help from our amazing volunteers! Everyone who volunteers will of course receive free admission in exchange for their time.

    What you will be doing: We'll meet at Spring Mountain Ranch State Park at about 3:30. We will need help with set-up and take down before and after the event. We will also need assistance with will call and ticket sales, running the silent auction and raffle tables, and directing parking. If anyone is willing to do so, we might need some folks to embody Hayford the Bighorn and Smokey Bear (and they each will need some attendants to guide them). If you have a TAM card and are licensed to serve alcohol please let us know - we need one more volunteer to help us bartend. The event will wrap up at about 9PM.

    What you need to bring: Wear closed toed shoes and clothes you feel comfortable moving around in. Bring some water for throughout the day (we will bring some jugs to refill) and some snacks of your choice to enjoy during the films. Don't forget to bring some sun protection in the form of a hat and sunscreen as we will be outside from the afternoon into the evening. Bring a picnic blanket or a low back lawn chair for seating during the films, and most importantly, bring your excitement for the film festival and an open heart for this year's selection!

    What we will bring: We will bring water jugs for refills throughout the day and some snacks if you need to refuel. We will take care of all that we need to bring for set-up and take-down, so all you need to do is show up!

    We will be in touch with those who RSVP more as we get closer to the event, but for now don't hesitate to reach out if you have any questions!

  • Mountain Springs Volunteer Training 9 RSVPs

    Sunday, October 17, 2021 at 09:00 AM
    Mountain Springs in Las Vegas


    Interested in being a spring monitoring volunteer, but haven't been able to make it to a springs training yet? Fear not! Join the Springs Team for a training event on October 17th, from 9am to 1pm! We'll be checking out Mountain Springs, a cluster of 7 springs within a short walk of the road. This is a great opportunity to learn how to measure water quality and flow as well as getting some hands-on practice of spring surveying techniques. As a bonus, you'll meet a bunch of other cool spring monitoring volunteers!

    Attendees of the event will be able to join the dozens of volunteers that are surveying springs whenever and wherever they want. These volunteers are collecting extremely valuable data about precious water resources and wildlife while getting to explore Southern Nevada on their own terms!

    What to bring: sun protection, comfortable clothing and shoes for being outside, something to write on/take notes with, water and snacks, and an outdoor chair if desired.

    What to expect: A few hours of learning about and practicing spring surveying techniques at a cool spring complex! You'll get your hands a little wet and dirty trying out the equipment. The Mountain Springs complex is reachable via a very smooth dirt road off of Rt. 160 that is passable in any vehicle. We'll walk up to a half mile to survey several springs. We'll bring all the surveying equipment you need, plus some snacks and drinks.

    More info will be sent in advance of the event to all RSVP's.

    This training is open to anyone who has watched the virtual springs monitoring training and wants to learn more or practice what they know in the field! (Missed the virtual training? No problem--email [email protected] and we'll get you the recording.)

    Space is limited, so register now! If the event is full, email [email protected] to join the waitlist or to get first dibs on the next in-person training (more coming next month!).