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Nevada Outdoor School inspires exploration of the natural world, responsible stewardship of our habitat and dedication to community.
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Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Black Rock Desert LNT Trainer Course

This past weekend I worked with Friends of Black Rock-High Rock to host a Leave No Trace trainer course in the Black Rock Desert.  The goal of this course was for participants to learn about, practice and leave prepared to teach others about Leave No Trace (LNT).  This course also focused on how LNT applies to the nature walks Friends of Black Rock-High Rock is leading at Fly Ranch as well as how they apply to Burning Man.  It was the largest course I have ever run with eighteen participants!  

Due to the unpredictability of springtime in the desert, we made the decision ahead of time for this course to be camping optional, which turned out to be a good thing because it rained all day Friday making the playa impassable and surrounding areas wet and muddy.  Thankfully, the rain subsided by Saturday morning, but we had sustained winds of about 30 mph for most of the day (you know, typical Nevada) which made it a little hard to hear and effectively teach in our preferred outdoor setting.  We did however make it out to Fly Ranch on Saturday and were able to explore the property and discuss how Leave No Trace principles apply there.  

On Sunday, we hiked down Guru Road and back, learning about LNT as well as some Gerlach history.  It was a beautiful day and we were able to spend the day outside in the sunshine.  We wrapped up the course back at the Friends office discussing how to use the Authority of the Resource technique to approach and teach other people about responsible recreation.

Overall, it was a very good course with a wonderful group of people.
If you are interested in taking a course like this is the Black Rock Desert, we have another one scheduled for June 9th and 10th.  To register contact Sarah at

To learn more about Leave No Trace or how to get involved in spreading the message of responsible recreation in the state of Nevada, email:

Happy Trails!


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