What's New at NOS

August 15th
Water Canyon Yurt Hike

On August 15th, Nevada Outdoor School hosted a hike to the Yurt in Water Canyon. Although it was hot, getting outside and exploring in the mountains was a lot of fun.  Our small group made socially distancing possible while on the trail.  Getting outside (even when it’s hot) is a great way to relieve some stress, connect with nature and appreciate all the beauty and wonder of our natural world. 


August 10th
National 'Smores Day!

On August 10th, Nevada Outdoor School hosted a fun and delicious event in honor of National S’mores Day! We had 30 people who showed up and participated in this social-distance and fun event. People had a variety of s’more options ranging from the original s’more of chocolate, marshmallow, and graham cracker, to some fancy s’mores including a cookies and cream s’more with cookies and cream chocolate, nutty buddy with a peanut butter cup chocolate, and even a cinnamon crunch s’more with cinnamon marshmallow, cinnamon graham cracker, and a milk chocolate bar. All families seemed to really enjoy the event and being able to get out and see new people (respectively). We hope to have more events like this in the future!




August 3rd-6th
July 20th-23rd
Winnemucca Wilderness Survival Camp

During the weeks of July 20-23 and August 3-6, Nevada Outdoor School’s Winnemucca location held our Survival Day Camp for students entering 6th-8th grades. On the first day of camp, campers played team-building games, got to know each other, and made arrowhead necklaces. On the second day, campers learned survival skills such as shelter building, how to use a compass, and made their own solar ovens from pizza boxes. On Wednesday, we traveled to Water Canyon for a hike. Campers learned how to tie knots, build and start fires without matches or lighters, and made their own para cord bracelets. On Thursday, campers traveled to the shooting range to learn archery skills and how to shoot a long bow. We also made our own terrariums and learned how to create a water filter with a bottle, sand, gravel, and a bandana.

Besides survival skills, campers learned the Leave No Trace principles and how to apply them to their favorite outdoor activities and camp. Overall, it was a fun week despite the hot weather, where campers learned helpful survival skills that they can practice themselves and teach others.

August 3rd-6th
July 20th-24th
July 13th-16th
Elko Adventure Camp

Three Elko Adventure Camps were held July 13th- July 16th, July 20th - July 24th, and August 3rd- 6th at the Elko Main City Park and around Elko County. From water fun, relay races, and playing games at the Main City Park, to hiking and playing in the lakes in the Ruby Mountains. Campers learned how to be members of a team and make new friends.  Campers also had fun learning about bugs and making tye-dye t-shirts. But the fun doesn’t stop there! Campers also learned about the great outdoors and what it holds. While they were having such a great time, they were also learning the 7 principals of Leave No Trace and how to apply them in their lives. While on their adventures they saw many waterfalls, different lakes, and hiked to new areas, all the while learning and practicing trail etiquette Campers also pan-mined in Lamoille Creek for garnets and saw what Nevada had to offer. To finish up a great camp they swam and played games at South Fork Reservoir.   Campers made new friends and took home great memories that they can hold on to forever. 


July 27th-30th
Winnemucca Junior Naturalist Camp

From July 27th – July 30th Nevada Outdoor School did its first Junior Naturalist camp for older kids from 8th to 10th grade. We had a great turn out for being a new camp. We focused more in depth on Leave No Trace and next level survival skills. One of the days was a hike day to Falls Canyon in Orovada, NV. The kids really enjoyed it even though it was hot but it was worth it when we got to the falls. None of the kids has been up Falls Canyon so it was all new to them. Besides the kids liking the hike, they also enjoyed many of the water games that we played every day. There were also crafts they enjoyed like making solar oven and survival paracord bracelets. This camp ended up being a success and they all had fun and a learned many new and useful technics that they can use on their next outdoor adventure!

July 27th-30th
Elko First Explorers Camp

July 27th-30th we had the pleasure of having First Explorer campers, grades Pre-k to 2nd grade, at the Elko Main City Park. We made tree cookie name tags and learned how we can use Leave No Trace everywhere in our lives! We were able to do some great crafts and experience obstacle courses.   Our campers were highly receptive to learning while being COVID responsible and remaining socially distant and safe, all while having fun!

July 23rd-25th
Reno ATV Rider Camp

From July 23rd – July 25th Nevada Outdoor School held an ATV safety camp in Reno. We focused on teaching the campers how to ride safe, ride smart, Tread Lightly Principles and a hands-on rider course. The kids really enjoyed all the games and activities. They also enjoyed being able to get on an ATV and ride around with their new friends. The kids were really learning a lot during the course especially when we would challenge them with quick turns, obstacles, and quick stop. This camp ended up being a success they all had fun and learned new things while social distancing.

July 6th-9th
Winnemucca Adventure Camp

The Adventure Camp Day Camp held July 6th-9th was a total success during this pandemic. We had an awesome group of campers that loved the crafts and activities. There were different themes for every day such as Park Ranger Monday with animal themed crafts and activities, Spy Tuesday with activities that required strategy skills, Survivalist Wednesday which included making a sundial and learning how to use a compass, and Archeologist Friday where we had the campers excavate seashells from a prepared “dig site” made in a Tupperware container with sand and plaster. The campers picked out some fun camp names which made it that much easier to make new friends. We also had fun experimenting with new games that were social distant friendly and seeing which games we enjoyed the most. The kids played water games on the last day, all while being safe. The best part about this camp was that even though we are in tough times, the kids were able to forget about it and have a blast.

July 6th-9th
June 29th-July 2nd
Elko Natural Pursuit Camp

Two Natural Pursuit camps were held June 29th to July 2nd and July 6th-9th serving our local 6th-8th grade campers at Elko Main City Park. We had a great time playing water games and doing crafts. We learned Morse Code and ran through obstacle courses. Campers learned personal independence and how to work in and bond with a group.  Our camp concluded with a fun outing g to South Fork Reservoir for swimming and water games. Each day, campers learned about the seven Leave No Trace principles and how to apply them their outdoor behaviors and stewardship into their future.




June 29th-July 2nd
Winnemucca First Explorer's Camp

From June 29th – July 2nd Nevada Outdoor School-Winnemucca kicked off its first camp of the summer with our First Explorers Day Camp for kids entering K-2nd grade. They learned the Leave No Trace Principles and how to follow them, played fun games, and participated in water games and activities. We also had several fun crafts, such as campers making binoculars and creating their own chalk circles with their camp names and special designs. All of the campers were great learning how to play socially distant games. This camp was very successful with the few campers that we had, as well as it being our first camp with a younger age group.



June 29th - July 1st
Elko ATV Rider Camp

June 29th-July 1st, NOS held their first ATV Safety Camp of the summer! This camp was in Elko and was a full camp! This three-day camp includes learning how to ride safe, ride smart, Tread Lightly! Principles, and an optional hands-on rider course. The kids’ favorite game was a fashion relay race, where they must race and get the correct safety gear before the other teams do and try to be the first back in all the correct gear! The kids really enjoyed being able to ride on an ATV with their new friends and had a great time. They really got into riding when the course began challenging them with quick turns, obstacles, and quick stops.



March 8th
Elko Sportsman's Expo

On March 7th and 8th, Nevada Outdoor School attended the 2020 Elko Sportsman’s Expo held at the Elko Convention Center. We had two busy days speaking to 579 participants who came out to this free event put on by NDOW. NOS brought our typical roadshow gear including our Wheel of Ethics, recreational hangtags, brochures, and our newest addition, ATV Safe Catherine! Be sure to be on the lookout for our booth coming to an event near you!


February 15th
Romantic Night Hike

On February 15th, Nevada Outdoor School held its first Romantic Night Hike event. Families and couples came out to a lantern-lit trail that took them on a short hike to view Water Canyon at night.  There was a table of sweet treats and hot drinks available to those who came out as well as a campfire to warm up with. We had 18 participants come and enjoy this romantic event!



February 8th
Ducks Unlimited Banquet

On February 8th, Nevada Outdoor School attended the Ducks Unlimited Banquet in Winnemucca. We had out Wheel of Ethics game for kids to test their knowledge of outdoor ethics as well as decorating hangtags and coloring pages. We saw over 30 kids that night!

January 27th
Tread Lightly! Trainer Course

On January 27th, Nevada Outdoor School’s Outdoor Ethics Program Director, Allana, held her first Tread Lightly! Trainer Course! Three participants became Tread Trainers for field interactions with the public. Tread Trainers are able to help spread Tread Lightly!’s mission of responsible recreation. Great job everyone! If you are interested in becoming a Tread Trainer, email us at Allana.havernick@nevadaoutdoorschool.org

January 16
Youth Wildlife Conservation Experience

From January 16-18th, Nevada Outdoor School attended the Youth Wildlife Conservation Experience (YWCE). Thursday and Friday were local school districts coming in to learn about careers in wildlife management, exploring natural resources, and spinning our Wheel of Ethics to answer a Leave No Trace trivia question (which of course led to a prize)! We saw over 600 people in just three short days!

January 10th
Full Moon Hike

On January 10th, Nevada Outdoor School held a Full Moon Night Hike to the Overlook up in Water Canyon. We had 21 participants join us on this partly cloudy and windy night while still having good views of the full moon. We ended the night with a toasty campfire, hot cocoa, and s’ mores.

December 14th
Winnemucca Yurt Hike in Water Canyon

On December 14th, Outdoor Ethics Program Director, Allana led a community hike to the Yurt up in Water Canyon. It was very icy while on the trail but all 7 participants made it to the top! Community hikes are a great way to encourage members of our community to get outside and enjoy our public lands, while also introducing them to some of the negative impacts happening on our local recreation areas.

November 16th
Lovelock Cave Hike

On Saturday, November 16th, Allana and Crystal ran a new community hike to Lovelock Cave! There were 50 people who came out to this brand new hike and overall enjoyed it. There was positive feedback from all participants and inquires about when the next hike will be out at the caves. Participants were very understanding of the larger group size but heard no formal complaints about the size and enjoyed the fun, educational facts about our local past. The BLM was also very impressed with the turnout of this event and was thrilled it was a success for us.

November 6th-7th
NOS Leave No Trace Trainer Course

November 6-7th, Jackie and Allana co-taught NOS’s new AmeriCorps members Leave No Trace training. This was a 2-day, 16 hour course where members had to present a description and activity associated with a pre-given principle, two hikes, and a powerpoint presentation of Leave No Trace. This training allows members to know give awareness workshops to the public, teach youth about Leave No Trace, and overall further knowledge of Leave No Trace.

October 31st - November 2nd
2nd Annual OHV Summit

From October 31st- November 2nd, Melanie and Allana traveled down to Caliente, NV to participant in the 2nd Annual OHV Summit. While there they watched presentations on other organizations and agencies speak on how they are impacted by OHV usage, regulations, funding, and upcoming projects. We also had time to present Nevada Outdoor School’s programs and what we have achieved thus far in the OHV world.

October 16th-20th
NOHVCC Conference

From October 16-20th, Melanie and Allana went to the Whitney Peak Hotel in Reno to attend the annual NOHVCC Conference. This was the first time either had participated in the conference but both enjoyed it and learned vast information about outdoor recreation and issues around the country. Melanie gave a presentation about Nevada Outdoor School’s Outdoor Ethics Program, how others can start a program similar to ours, and even had members in the audience participate in an educational game.

October 15th
Lazy P Farm Fall Field Trip

During the week of October 7-11, Nevada Outdoor School partnered with the Lazy P Adventure Farm for our annual fall field trip. Local and rural schools from Humboldt and Lander County participated, bringing over 500 students throughout the week. Students learned about different animals you find on a farm, what they are used for, and even got to pet some baby goats. Next, students learned about pumpkins and the different stages they grow, before heading into the patch to pick out a pumpkin of their own. Students then moved onto the next station, where they learned about different types of corn and how it’s included in products we use every day. Finally, students moved on to the last station where they searched for farm-related clues to make their way through a corn maze.

The Lazy P Field Trip is always a great week where students learn about agriculture through fun, interactive stations. We also want to thank the Lazy P Farm and the Petersen family for providing the location for the field trip.

October 5th
Leave No Trace Awareness Day

On October 5th, Outdoor Ethics Program Director Allana Havernick and Naturalist Crystal Rodriguez went to Reno to participant in the Girl Scouts of the Sierra Nevada Leave No Trace Awareness Day. Local girl scouts came to the Oxbow Nature Center to tour the facilities as well as stop by different booths to learn about that organization and Leave No Trace. Our roadshow booth included our spin to win, decorating hangtags, and Leave No Trace stickers. We had over 90 girls come by our booth to learn about Leave No Trace.

September 30th
Desert Dace Days - National Public Lands Day in the Black Rock Desert

During the week of September 27th-29th, Nevada Outdoor School traveled to Soldier Meadows for the fourth annual Desert Dace Days. Although we didn’t have any youth participants this year, we helped with cleanup at the Soldier Meadows cabin and at the nearby campsite. On Saturday evening, we participated in a Dutch oven cooking competition where we won second place. Despite the cold weather, we still had a good turnout from volunteers and partner groups like the Winnemucca BLM, Friends of Black Rock-High Rock, and Friends of Nevada Wilderness.

September 30th
Elko National Public Lands Day at Wild Horse

On Saturday, September 28th Nevada Outdoor School (NOS) partnered with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), the Forest Service (FS), and the NE Nevada Stewardship Group for National Public Lands Day.  Elko area BLM and FS offices organized events at Wild Horse Campground and Wild Horse Crossing, about an hour north of Elko.  The volunteer day was in effort to reopen the campgrounds after the 2018 South Sugarloaf Fire.  Volunteers spread native seed, rebuilt shade structures, and disassembled damaged picnic tables.  To support these efforts NOS had a Leave No Trace (LNT) booth where Jackie educated about the LNT principle Minimize Campfire Impacts while making battery powered luminaries for Halloween.  Weather for the day was supposed to be dismal, but the sun peeked through the clouds and everyone had a great day meeting new friends and helping their community.

September 23rd
Winnemucca National Public Lands Day

On Saturday, September 21st, Nevada Outdoor School, Winnemucca BLM, Northern Nevada ATV, and Winnemucca Cycling partnered for National Public Lands Day. This year, the event was split between three locations, which included Bloody Shins, The Sand Dunes, and Sonoma Creek. Outdoor Ethics Program Director, Allana Havernick and Naturalist, Crystal Rodriguez traveled to the Sand Dunes to provide Tread Lightly! outreach and assist with cleanup of the area. Education Director, Brandon Allen went to Sonoma Creek to help with trash cleanup of the canyon and camping area. After the event, we enjoyed a catered lunch that was provided to all volunteers and participants. At least two trailers of trash were collected during the event. We are happy to partner with different groups in the community to provide education and stewardship projects such as National Public Lands Day.