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!

Friday, April 27, 2012

200 Years of Public Lands Management

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), the largest, by acreage, of the federal land management agencies, is currently celebrating the 200th anniversary of the establishment of the General Land Office.  The General Land Office was merged with the Grazing Service in 1946 to become the BLM we know today.  Also currently being celebrated is the 150th anniversary of the Homestead Act.  Both of these events were hugely significant in the western migration of Americans through the years and the establishment of modern public lands management practices.  Students of western American history will know that much has changed in 200 years and it hasn’t always been the smoothest run.  Federal land management agencies have had their share of mistakes, as well as successes; but one thing I can say is that the vast majority of land managers I have had the opportunity to work with have been dedicated public servants with a strong will to do what is best for a general public of diverse needs and interests.  Another great movement we are seeing today is a pronounced emphasis on partnerships and community involvement in stewardship and promotion of public lands, something Nevada Outdoor School is proud to be a part of.  You can learn more about the history of public lands management and the BLM at:
Partnership is Key at Lovelock Cave, Nevada
Here’s to many more years to come of community partnership in successful public lands management along with plenty of opportunities to have fun out there!

Friday, April 20, 2012

Visit Your National Parks for Free!

Tomorrow is the beginning of National Park Week! Starting Saturday, April 21 through Sunday, April 29 National Parks are waiving their entrance fees. Here's a bonus idea - as a thank you, pick up a bag of trash during your visit and dispose of it properly!

Aspen and me at one of the many National Parks

Thursday, April 12, 2012

What did nature ever do to you?

Southern California's Cucamonga Canyon is in need of some serious TLC. See one visitor's account on her blog Manure du Jour: Twenty Years of Hiking and I’ve Never Been So Disgusted.

Please respect nature.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Don't Move Firewood

An introduction on why you should buy your firewood where you burn it - for us visual people from