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, June 11, 2018

Being an AmeriCorps at FCAA

Being an AmeriCorps member has different meanings, because there are different positions in different host sites. My AmeriCorps host site is with the Frontier Community Action Agency (FCAA).  You come into this position not knowing what you're in for thinking it's another job, but you end up getting to knowing your clients and building a connection. This is my first term as an AmeriCorps member and I hope to go for a second term next year.

The best part of serving at my host site is when clients tell you how much they actually appreciate the stuff you do for them, when you can see the true gratitude. We offer multiple ways to help those in need. We have Commodities, Welfare Assistance, Energy Assistance, Project Santa, and so many more. When clients come in we assess them which help us figure out if there is any other assistance we can offer them.

When I first started serving at FCAA I thought it was going to be just handing out applications and referring people places since we're the Family Resource Center, but I soon realized it was much more. I really enjoying working with and getting to know the clients.

I've been with FCAA for five months now and I feel that I have come a long way from where I was when I first started serving. Being an AmeriCorps member has taught me so much. I have experienced things that I didn't know I could. Being an AmeriCorps member has so many opportunities.


Field Trip Season 2018

As we enter the last days of May and the close to another school year, Nevada Outdoor School has also finished up its field trip season for 2018. I am also coming up on living and working for nearly a year in Winnemucca. While planning and coordinating our various field trips can be challenging, it is also rewarding to see the results. 

During our first field trip, second grade students learned about their local watershed, the Humboldt River. Students participated in a variety of hands on activities as they went to different stations to learn about topics such as pollution and the local plants and wildlife that use our watershed. 

Our next field trip took place in Water Canyon. Water Canyon is located right outside of Winnemucca and offers hiking and camping in a beautiful and unique location close to town. During this field trip, third graders learned about topics such as water ecology, fire succession, the food web, and went on a nature hike. Most important, they learned how to be good stewards of our local resources and how to be responsible when recreating outdoors. 

Our third field trip took place in Lovelock at the Lovelock Cave site and the Marzen House Museum. During this field trip, we partnered with the Winnemucca Bureau of Land Management to provide a fun, educational field trip to fourth grade students. Students learned about the history of Lovelock Cave, the Paiute Indians who lived there, and the history of Lovelock itself. They also had opportunities to learn about local plant and animal life and Native American culture. 

Finally, we finished off our field trip season with our Ecology Fair. This event takes place at the Winnemucca Community Garden and also involves local fourth grade students. This field trip is unique, as it involves AmeriCorps members from our different host sites. Students are able to travel to different booths to learn and participate in short activities about topics that range from fire safety to animal adaptations. This creates a fun and educational way for students to finish off their school year. 

Not only are field trips fun for students, but they also provide us with ways to learn and develop fun, educational, and hands on opportunities for them to learn. Allowing students to get outside and spark their interests in topics such as wildlife, plants, or history will also help them be successful in the classroom. We are glad to offer these opportunities to students and teachers and are excited to see many of them back next year.

Happy Trails!


Tuesday, May 22, 2018

2018 Black Rock Rendezvous is This Weekend!

This coming weekend is the annual Black Rock Rendezvous, one of my favorite events of the year!  Black Rock Rendezvous is a partner event hosted by Friends of Black Rock-High Rock, Friends of Nevada Wilderness, Nevada Outdoor School and the Winnemucca BLM. 

It is a fun and informative campout that takes place in the Black Rock Desert every year over Memorial Day weekend.  It includes talks about the area, tours, stewardship projects, a Dutch Oven Cook-Off, raffle, burrito bar, star gazing, and much, much more!  

NOS runs a kids camp for youth 5 and up on Saturday and Sunday from 9am-4pm.  At Kids Camp, participants do team building, play games, hike, craft, learn about Leave No Trace and eat yummy food! 

This year, I will be giving a Leave No Trace talk on Saturday morning and teaching a LNT Awareness Workshop on Saturday, which I am looking forward to.

Rendezvous is a great way to be introduced to the Black Rock Desert if you’ve never been or experience it in a whole new way and learn more about it even if you recreate out here a lot.  

It is fun, free, family friendly event that will create lasting memories!

Typically, Rendezvous is located at the base of Cassidy Mine along the edge of the Playa off 12 mile road.  The weather for this weekend is kind of all over the place – so it might not be on the playa this year… not to worry, if it’s rainy or if the Playa is too wet to drive on, we will just relocate to the top of Cassidy Mine accessible off Solider Meadows Road. Be sure to check facebook, or you can call Friends of Black Rock-High Rock for updates 774-557-2900.

Hope to see you out there!