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!

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Leaving No Trace in Lamoille Canyon

Favre Lake - our destination

Fish your backpack out of your gear closet and come learn more about Leave No Trace (LNT) and teaching techniques while exploring Nevada granite wonderland. Nevada Outdoor School is hosting an LNT Trainer Course Saturday, June 25 through Monday the 27 in Ruby Mountain’s Lamoille Canyon.

We will explore the various principles of LNT while enjoying a three-day, two-night backpacking trip. Each participant will give a short presentation on an assigned principle; this is a great way to practice your teaching techniques and get ideas from fellow LNTers.

Visit for more information and to register. Sign up now – this course is filling up fast.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

On the road for Tread Lightly!

Two of Nevada Outdoor School’s own are spreading the Tread Lightly! message throughout eastern Nevada. We’re visiting third through sixth grade classes in Ely, Pioche, Panaca, and Caliente. Through these lessons students are learning the importance of leaving what they find (except trash!), ATV safety, being prepared for outdoor adventures, and invasive species.

It is important to reach out to these rural communities with Tread Lightly! because a majority of the students partake in off-highway vehicle recreation; we want them to be safe and take care of nature while recreating. This is the second year NOS has toured eastern Nevada and we aim to continue this outreach in the future.

Friday, May 13, 2011

Bringing State History to Life

Students get to go into Lovelock Cave

Nevada Outdoor School and the Bureau of Land Management brought state history to life for more than 300 fourth graders last week. This annual field trip included educational stations at Lovelock Cave and the Marzen House Museum. This experience is beneficial to fourth graders for many reasons, one of them being sparking that outdoor ethic within students.

Prior to the trip NOS instructors visited classrooms to help students explore the importance of the Leave No Trace principle – Leave What You Find. It was rewarding to hear students remind each other – and chaperones – to leave rocks and other natural treasures where they found them.

Spark your outdoor ethic by visiting your local public lands!

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Tread Lightly! on the Dunes

Nevada Outdoor School congratulates nine new Tread Trainers from Northern Nevada ATV Association. On May 1 we met at the Winnemucca Sand Dunes to explore the Tread Lightly! principles, discover the role of outdoor ethics in the recreation community, and learn about the tools to conduct workshops and outreach. During the training, we put the principle Do Your Part into practice by cleaning up the camping and staging area. Time was also taken to practice responsible riding on our off-highway vehicles. Overall, it was a successful day!

Three new Tread Trainers analyze the
What Motivates You? activity

Tread Trainer Courses are great opportunities to delve into outdoor ethics while experiencing them first hand. If you are interested in attending a trainer course e-mail me at