NOS Mission

Nevada Outdoor School inspires exploration of the natural world, responsible stewardship of our habitat and dedication to community.
This is the spot for us to share stories, fun ideas or general musings. When you aren't in here, we hope to see you out there!

Monday, December 4, 2017

Taking Care of the Places We Love

Over the week of Thanksgiving this year, my husband and I went on our Honeymoon (yay!) to Los Cabos, Mexico.  The weather was fantastic and the scenery was beautiful.  Los Cabos is a big tourist hot spot and with that brings thousands of new people from around the world there every month.  People come to Cabo for all different types of experiences from staying at resorts, shopping, golfing, exploring, swimming, adventure tours, etc.  For our vacation, we stayed pretty local in Cabo San Jose, visiting the beaches and pools and exploring the local downtown area.  I was immediately blown away by two things: the crazy amount of bottled water consumed at the different resorts and the lack of that waste being left behind on the beaches and streets.  Although walking along the beach there was definitely some trash here and there, it was much cleaner than I would have expected given the huge amount of tourists and the large amount of disposal stuff everyone has.  I know that there are a lot of workers at the resorts who probably get paid for cleaning up trash off the beach, but one of the things that struck me was how much people who lived in Cabo loved the place and worked hard to take care of it.  

A perfect example of this was when we visited Cabo San Lucas and did the Lands End tour to see the arches and visit the tucked away beaches.  It was a beautiful place and there was A LOT of people, boats, animals, and activity going on all around.  When we were on the boat riding out to the arches our driver slowed down, leaned over the side of the boat and picked a water bottle out of the water and tucked it away inside the boat.  The way he did it was so natural and seemed second nature to him.  He didn’t make a big scene out of it (although maybe he should have to better educate others), it was very obviously just something he did because he felt he should.  Seeing this guy pick up trash that wasn’t his to leave the place better than we found it reminded me of one of the lessons Nevada Outdoor School teaches through our Leave No Trace programming.  The idea is we are more likely to pick up trash and practice Leave No Trace at places that are important to us and places we love (like Cabo to the boat driver). However, something it is super important to remember (and what I was reminded of and struck by during this boat tour) is that every place we visit is potentially someone’s special place and we should treat every area to the standard we would treat our own special place that we love. 
So, the next time you’re just passing by a piece of trash on the trail or along the sidewalk, imagine what you would do if you really loved that place, and maybe think about leaving that area better than you found it… help spread the love and share the care for the beautiful, wonderful, amazing and inspiring outdoor places we all love. 

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Thank you Summer Camp Funders!

As we shift our focus from summer camps to the new school year, it’s time to reflect back on all our amazing summer programs.  From family programs at the community garden and community hikes to all our adventurous camps around northern Nevada, it was an action packed summer full of fun, friendship, new experience and service!  

When planning all of our summer camps, it is important for us as an organization to instill in our youth participants a love for the natural world as well as an ethic of stewardship and service in the outdoors to ensure that the beautiful landscapes that surround them are well cared for.  

The 2017 summer camp season was a huge success for NOS. We ran a total of seven summer camps across Northern Nevada, all of which had a stewardship component.  Depending on the age group, stewardship projects ranged in intensity from picking up trash to spreading wood chips, and even an extensive campground clean-up which included cleaning out fire pits, clearing invasive plants, and trimming back overgrowth which was blocking signage and walk ways. Through stewardship projects, we hope that campers will develop a sense of ownership for these areas, and thus will be more likely to continue to care for the land in the future.

Like all of our programs, the success of our summer camp programs relies heavily on the funding we receive that year. In 2017, NOS was fortunate to get funding from several sources including the Frontier Community Coalition, the Nevada Mulley’s, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, NV Bighorn and NV Chukkar, as well as the Disney Summer of Service Grant. Without these sources of funding, the projects completed during NOS summer camps simply would not have been possible. 

We would like to give a VERY BIG THANK YOU to Disney Summer of Service and all our other funders for helping us to fulfill our vision of a society where no child born will be the last to be inspired by the natural world!

-Space Jam and Jive

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Thank you Newmont Legacy Fund!

At Nevada Outdoor School, our mission is to inspire exploration of the natural world, responsible stewardship of our habitat and dedication to community.  We reach this mission through four main programs: Education, Outdoor Ethics, Community Outreach and AmeriCorps. 

As a non-profit, it is a constant struggle to secure funding which enables us to run the best quality and quantity of programs possible.  Although NOS is primarily grant funded, diversified funding sources are extremely important to the overall success and longevity of our organization.  Among these different funding sources include corporate and individual donations.   

We have been extremely fortunate and are very grateful to have a great partnership with Newmont Mining Corporation. Not only has NEWMONT as a cooperation been generous in providing funds for our annual Dutch Oven Cook-Off Fundraiser and recent expansion into the Elko community, the employees at NEWMONT who participate in the Newmont Legacy Fund have also been extremely generous in helping fund all aspects of Nevada Outdoor School programs which strive to connect Nevadans of all ages to the natural world. 
Thanks to NEWMONT’S LEGACY FUND CAMPAIGN and all the generous employee giving we are able to deliver field trips to the Humboldt River, Water Canyon, Lovelock Cave and Marzen House Museum, Lamoille Canyon and Summer Camps in Winnemucca, Elko, Lamoille Canyon, the Santa Rosa Mountains and Lake Tahoe! 
We would like to give a very big and heartfelt THANK YOU to those employees (and all the employees from other companies and organizations that participate in these types of giving programs) that help better their local communities through generous donations to causes they deem worthy.  


This year our projected donations from NEWMONTS LEGACY FUND  are $60,139.84 for 2017, which is an increase of  60% over last year!  WOW!! THANK YOU NEWMONT EMPLOYEES AND NEWMONT MINING CORPORATION.  We couldn’t do it without YOU!

With NOS education programs reaching over 1,200 students per month, we want the current generation of youth to have the opportunity to learn and grow outdoors, away from sedentary electronic media.  We hope to inspire students to take an interest in science, natural resources and careers in those fields.   Learning should be fun and dirty whenever possible!  So, come on…let’s go and PLAY IN THE OUTDOORS!

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Thank you for your support and have fun out there!