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!

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

The Outside Guide brought to you by Nevada Outdoor School. – March 2020

Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Forest Service and National Park Service guidance, indicates that opportunities to continue dispersed recreation may remain during the current reality we are all facing as a result of COVID-19. It is possible to abide by social distancing and other recommended guidelines while getting outdoors and engaging in all sorts of outdoor recreation – including OHV recreation. But, ultimately, it is up to the individual to decide if getting outdoors is the right thing to do.
Nevada Outdoor School (NOS) always believes in safe and responsible recreation – it is the at the core of NOS’s ethics; however, safety is even more important than ever if you choose to ride your off highway vehicle (OHV) in the near future. Many hospitals are at or near capacity. This may not only make it difficult for you to get the care you need should you get injured, you may also turn the attention of hospital staff away from focusing on addressing the needs of other patients.
Please carefully consider the potential implications should you hit the trails. Make decisions that make sense for you and your family and that abide by recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and other federal, state, and local agencies and governments.
Some general guidelines, should you choose to engage in OHV recreation during this situation:
·         Contact the riding area in advance – they may be closed.
·         Visit for information on the latest recommendations and guidelines – follow them!
o    Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
o    If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
o    Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
o    Avoid close contact, especially with people who are ill.
o    Put distance between yourself and other people if COVID-19 is spreading in your community. This is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.

·         As ALWAYS – wear all appropriate safety gear. For ATVs, ROVs, and dirt bikes this includes: a DOT-compliant helmet, goggles, long sleeves, long pants, over-the-ankle boots, and gloves.
·         Ride or drive on trails that do not challenge your skill level – now is not the time for technical obstacles.
·         Ride or drive at significantly reduced speeds. Enjoy the scenery. Stop for lunch and take in the fresh air and sounds that come with being outdoors.
·         Abide by social distancing recommendations. Ride in pairs or small groups. Keep in mind that others you come across on the trail may stay farther away than normal and may not want to engage in conversation.
·         Experience nearby trails. This is not the time to load up the truck and try a riding area that you’ve always wanted to try but is 1,000 miles away. Comply with recommendations to stay near to home.
·         If you are at all uncomfortable for any reason about getting out on the trail – DON’T GO!
·         If you feel sick – DON’T GO!
Outdoor recreation is an important part of life – studies show it makes us happier and healthier. However, we are experiencing a unique reality right now. NOS encourages you to make good decisions, comply with mandates and guidelines from relevant authorities, and to stay safe.

Friday, April 3, 2020

My name is Crystal Rodriguez and I am a second-year member serving at Nevada Outdoor School.

Serving another year with NOS, I have been given the role of lead naturalist which comes with more responsibilities. I make sure to take more initiative in and out of the office, I help new naturalist members learn the ropes, and I apply new skills I have gained from the past year into this year. I have enjoyed passing on some tips and tricks to our newer naturalist as well as learning things from her as well. That is my favorite part of the job, regardless of how long everyone has been with NOS, we still learn new things by doing research, going out to different events and trainings, or just learning from each other in the office. 

I feel like I am gaining so much more than just service hours, I’m developing new skills every day even though I have been serving for almost two years. I have been enjoying my second year as much as my first year, if not more. 
Since I have been with NOS, I have been able to get over my fear of public speaking, become more of a leader and utilize quick problem-solving techniques. With all the recent events, I have been a little disappointed with having less time to be out teaching, but I am so grateful for the time I had with every single kid. It is also the perfect opportunity to try something new this year and provide an alternative to teaching in the classroom. 

This has been such an amazing and impactful experience and although I am sad to let it go, I am excited about what comes next. 
After I complete my service in the fall, I plan to join the AirForce and take some classes so that after my service, I can go to dental school where I plan to become a Pediatric Dentist.

-Crystal Rodriguez

Thursday, March 26, 2020

A message from NOS Executive Director - Urgent Help Needed

Dear Friends,

Coronavirus Consequence – Emergency Funds Needed Now

Due to the current state of affairs and preexisting cuts to traditionally reliable funding sources this year, the future of Nevada Outdoor School is in turmoil and we are facing the real and unfortunate reality of shutting down. We need community support through monetary donations now to keep our doors open and ensure the future of Nevada Outdoor School. 

Nevada Outdoor School programs provide real and important value to the communities we serve, providing experiential outdoor education to our local youth. We are working hard right now to help package food relief to families in need in our communities, and ensuring our students are well fed and taken care of. While we have to practice social distancing, this does not mean the education has to stop. We can continue to help our youth, teachers and parents by providing them outdoor education through online videos and lessons. This will help our youth be able to utilize this time to slow down, better themselves, and appreciate and care for our natural world.  

Your action is needed now for the future of our organization and outdoor education in Nevada.  Your monetary gift of any size will help us continue to serve, support, and educate our students.

I wish you and yours well during this unfortunate and turbulent time.  Remember the outdoors is still a safe place to visit and recreate, but we must act responsibly and practice social distancing while doing so.

Kind regards,

Melanie Erquiaga
Melanie Erquiaga, Executive Director