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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!

 

 

Febraury 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.