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, May 14, 2018

Let's Get This Summer Started!

If you are anything like me… planning summer activities for your kiddos can be a scheduling nightmare.  But never fear, NOS is here to save the summer with great camps and events to keep our busy bees busy while engaging in the exploration of our natural world all summer long. 


NOS has a summer event or camp for all kids Pre-K thru 8th Grade.  NOS camps are quite affordable and scholarships or financial assistance can be provided for any camp or event upon request.  Registration is required for each camp. 

Nature at Noon:  For pre-K—2nd graders.  We will meet every Tuesday and Thursday from 12-1pm at Vesco Park for fun nature filled activities, crafts and FUN!     June 12 – August 9, 2018

Adventure Camp 1: For kids entering 3rd - 5th grades.  Join us for a week long day camp.  Campers will participate in hands-on activities and games that are entertaining, engaging and foster exploration of the outdoors and natural sciences.  There is also an opportunity for campers to finish the week with a one night campout in Water Canyon or Lamoille Canyon!     June 18-22, 2018 in Elko / June 25-29, 2018 in Winnemucca   

Girls Adventure Camp: For girls entering 5th-7th grades.  Zip line, hike, camp, make memories, new friendships, and much more!   Winnemucca Girls Camp, participants will travel to Tahoe. Elko participants will travel to Lamoille Canyon. We will spend the week exploring the outdoors, playing games, making crafts and building friendships in an all-girl environment.  By the end of the week, girls will have a strengthened sense of self-esteem, feel more comfortable and confident in the outdoors, and have built strong, positive relationships with other campers.     June 11-14, 2018 Winnemucca / July 17-20, 2018 Elko

Boys Adventure Camp: For boys entering 5th - 7th grades.  Join us for adventures with friends, archery, fishing, hiking, survival skills and camping!     August 6-9, 2018

Adventure Camp 2: For kids entering 6th - 8th grades.  Join us for outdoor exploration, learn outdoor survival skills, participate in a conservation project, and much more!  This experience will culminate in a two night camo out in the Santa Rosa Mountains      July 23-26

Excursions: For kids entering 6th - 8th grades.   Join us for a great adventure in Lassen Volcanic National Park and/or Lamoille Canyon in the Rubies! We’ll campout, explore, kayak, learn about glaciers, play games, and have s’mores around campfires!   
Lassen Volcanic National Park:     July 9-13, 2018                                                                
Lamoille Canyon Ruby Mountains:    July 30 – August 1, 2018

ATV Rider Camp: For 7-12 years old.  Learn to ride safe, ride smart, meet new friends, and have fun!  This camp includes the opportunity to earn an ATV safety certification! *Must have youth ATV to participate in Rider Course.    July 18-20. 2018 in Winnemucca 

There are 3 ways you can register your kids:
          1.)  Call the NOS office:  (775) 623-5656
2   2.)  Stop by NOS at 655 Anderson Street in Winnemucca, Nevada
     3.) Register Online:  Register for NOS Camps

So, with all these great summer options at your fingertips… get your kiddos registered for their summer adventure now.

Happy Summer Camp Trails ~ 

Sunday, May 13, 2018

What's Happening in Elko

As I’ve mentioned before, I didn’t grow up in Nevada.  I grew up a stone’s throw away from the Missouri River in North central Montana.  I learned about watersheds as a kid in the Missouri River Watershed, arguably the largest watershed in the country.  My watershed drained water all the way from Montana, Wyoming and North Dakota to where the Missouri joins the Mississippi in St Louis.  I said arguably because some say that the Missouri was improperly named a tributary of the Mississippi River when in reality, the Upper Mississippi is the tributary and what we know today as the Missouri is actually the main stem of the river system.  Either way it is a huge watershed, which eventually drains water into the Gulf of Mexico.  Living now in Elko and having the responsibility to teach kids about the importance of protecting our Humboldt River Basin Watershed, I don’t take that responsibility lightly.  Compared with my home watershed the Humboldt River drains a much smaller acreage of land, however, all of the sediment and pollution washed downstream in our watershed all collects near Lovelock at the Humboldt Sink.   It is never washed to that mysterious place we call other, but is deposited near Lovelock where it will stay for thousands of years until some catastrophic event eventually changes the large-scale geography of Nevada.  Therefore, it is important, vital I would say that we care for our watershed.  It is the only one we have. 
In addition to hosting watershed field trips for the 2nd grade students in Spring Creek and Elko, the Nevada Outdoor School, in partnership with the City of Elko and the Downtown Businesses Association, is currently engaged in a community awareness campaign urging our citizens to keep our storm drains clean.  If you were not previously aware, water that flows into our storm drains then flows directly into the Humboldt River without being cleaned.  That means that any car fluids, sediments, chemicals, and trash that is on our roads eventually is washed into our storm drains and into our river. So we must stop those things from “flowing down the drain.”   Soon you will see some new art popping up in Elko.  As a method of public awareness, a few storm drains in the downtown corridor will be painted to educate the public to our cause.  Please help us be part of the solution.  What kinds of fish could live in the Humboldt River if we took care of it? 

Friday, May 4, 2018

Reflections on AmeriCorps Service

Boys & Girls Club of Winnemucca: A Place to Become

“The mission of the Boys & Girls Club of Winnemucca is to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. To achieve this mission, the Boys & Girls Club offers youth, ages 6-18, a safe place to learn and grow, ongoing relationships with caring adult professionals, life-enhancing programs and character development experiences.”
Serving at the Boys & Girls Club has been incredibly rewarding and I’m blessed to be a part of something so great. We currently have over 100 children for programing with an average of 80 coming a day. I’m so incredibly proud of how far we’ve come and how much our club has grown from the beginning of the school year.
Boys & Girls Club has been a passion of mine since 2016 when I took a Youth Development Aide position at the Boys & Girls Club of Western Nevada. When I first started, it was just a job for me I figured working with kids would be undemanding, I was mistaken. I started The Torch Club where I really fell in love with being a part of our future, because that’s what these kids are they’re our future. These kids are going to be the doctors that we rely on, the politicians that make our laws, and they are going to be running our country. I like to think that the Club is making an impact on these children’s lives.
When schools out, the Clubs in! Summer programing is going to be centered on education based activities like S.T.E.M, Summer Brain Gains and other fun programs to keep the kids brain active throughout the summer months. We’ll also be going on field trips to places like the park and public pool. Summer registration is now open! You can come in and sign your child up and we can answer any questions you may have regarding the club, programing, or the meals we provide.

-Sarah Reali (Boys and Girls Club)

Battle Mountain Elementary School
This week is the beginning of our end of the year test taking, right after spring break we jumped right into one week of last minute test prep and have now began the testing. Everything is extra crazy and hectic. All the grades have started their testing, 3rd and up have SBAC along with MAPS, the lower grades have both MAPS and Star Reading. 
My normal every day schedule has not been working out for my 3rd and 5th grades classes as they are the ones who started all the testing first, next will be 4th, then the rest of the lower grades that have not yet started will start the MAPS and Star Reading. From here on out for the better part of the rest of the school year will be nothing but testing and test prep for those who have morning started. Although testing can be stressful for the teachers I’m glad it has started and we can be done trying to cram all the last minute prep in. It will be nice when it’s over and we can fully go back to our normal schedule, though that can sometimes be crazy on its own.

-Taylor LeBaron (Battle Mountain Elementary School)