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Volunteer!

As a Friends of Black Rock volunteer you are an integral part of the future of Black Rock Desert and High Rock Canyon. The Friends of Black Rock – High Rock works in this beautiful landscape to preserve its natural and historic assets.

Conservation projects are a great way to explore, connect with new and old friends, and give back in a safe zone with our stewardship team. These projects are the perfect excuse to head out into some of Nevada’s most spectacular backcountry and discover remote wilderness you might not otherwise see. Our events in Reno are a great way to meet new people and to get to know Friends better, too.

Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities

Fly Ranch Volunteers

When: On going
Where: Fly Ranch and FBRHR Visitor Center Store

  • Help guide people through Fly Ranch!
  • Have opportunities to become Leave No Trace Trainers and Wilderness First Aid Certified!

 

To fill out our Questionnaire, click here, or please contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Sarah, at volunteer@blackrockdesert.org


 

June 2018

 

 June 9-10
Leave No Trace Trainer Course

Where: Black Rock Desert
When: 9 AM, June 9th – 1 PM, June 10th

Become a Leave No Trace Trainer while learning about and exploring the amazing Black Rock Desert High Rock Canyon Emigrant Trails National Conservation Area. Leave with the knowledge, skills and motivation to practice LNT while recreating and share the principles with others.
  • For more information, email Jessica.Snaman@NevadaOutdoorSchool.org or call the Friends of Black Rock – High Rock office: (775) 557-2900.
  • Those interested in becoming Fly Ranch Nature Walk Guides should attend a Leave No Trace Trainer Course.

 

Click here to Sign Up to RSVP and Volunteer, or  contact Sarah at volunteer@blackrockdesert.org for more info.


June 16
Nevada Outdoor Experience 2018

Where:  Capital City Gun Club in Carson City, 3590 Arrowhead Drive.
When:  Sat. 9am – 1pm

Join Friends of Black Rock – High Rock at this free family event designed to excite and inspire the next generation of outdoor enthusiasts and conservationists. Organized by the Wild Sheep Foundation and the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, multiple organizations from around the area will have their experts present to offer hands-on learning experiences for children and their families. Free youth raffles take place throughout the day.

Check out the YouTube video here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=hXurU-AoWEU

  • Stations include: archery, metal detecting, gold panning, BB gun range, rock climbing, fly tying, crafts, conservation, wildlife identification, rocks and minerals, laser shot, duck calling, and so much more.
  • Free youth raffles donated by Sportsman’s Warehouse.
  • There is something for every member of the family at this fantastic outdoor youth expo.
  • FBR-HR will be on-hand doing Leave No Trace and Outdoor Ethics Outreach.
  • We will have a tent and, as usual, will have all the info you need or want to know about the Black Rock Desert – High Rock Canyon area.

 

Click here to Sign Up to Volunteer at our booth, or contact Sarah at volunteer@blackrockdesert.org for more info.


 June 16-17
Father’s Day Trego Campout

Where: Trego Hot Springs
When: June 16th – 17th

Friends of Black Rock-High Rock will be hanging out at Trego Hot Springs, doing outreach and education on Leave No Trace and Tread Lightly Principles over Father’s Day Weekend!

  • This is a Leave No Trace camp out event.
  • There are no bathrooms at the Trego Campsite. Please be prepared! Click here to see a video on how to dig a cathole.

 

Click here to Sign Up to RSVP and Volunteer, or contact Sarah at volunteer@blackrockdesert.org for more info.


 June 30-July 1
Trego Outreach Camp

Where: Trego Hot Springs
When: June 30th – July 1st

Friends of Black Rock-High Rock will be hanging out at Trego Hot Springs, doing outreach and education on Leave No Trace and Tread Lightly Principles the weekend before 4th of July!

  • This is a Leave No Trace camp out event.
  • There are no bathrooms at the Trego Campsite. Please be prepared! Click here to see a video on how to dig a cathole.

 

Click here to Sign Up to RSVP and Volunteer, or contact Sarah at volunteer@blackrockdesert.org for more info.


 

July 2018

July 6-8
4th of July with Friends 2018

Where: Playa Campsite, Coordinates TBD
When: July 6th-July 8th (We will be setting up camp Friday, July 6th, around lunchtime.)

Come hang out with Friends on the Black Rock Desert playa 4th of July Weekend for a beautiful, informative, and all-around good time this Independence Day. This is a Leave No Trace camp out event.

  • We will be bringing two porta-potties, and we will have shade set up. So feel free to stop by and say hello.)
  • Activities will include tours of the area, camp games, great food, and moon and star gazing. We will be leading a guided hike up Steamboat Rock from 9am-12pm on Saturday.
  • We will also be doing outdoor ethics outreach.
  • This is a camp out event. Come find us if you have any questions about the area.
  • Happy Hour with hors d’oeuvres and lawn games on Saturday from 5-7pm.


Click here to Sign Up to RSVP and Volunteer
, or contact Sarah 
at volunteer@blackrockdesert.org for more info.


July 28
Wild & Scenic 2018

Where: Whitney Peak, 3rd Floor, 255 N Virginia St, Reno, NV 89501
 When: July 28th, Doors open @ 5pm, Screenings from 7pm-10pm

Friends of Black Rock – High Rock is back, hosting SYRCL’s Wild & Scenic Film Festival On Tour in Reno!

We’re looking at a fun-filled evening with food and drink, watching amazing and inspiring films about nature in the beautiful Whitney Peak Hotel in Reno, but to do that, we’ll need volunteers to help out!

We’ll need help from 4:30 – 10:30. Gates open @ 5PM. Event ends @ 10PM.

 Click here to Volunteer to help at the event, or contact Sarah at volunteer@blackrockdesert.org for more info.


July 29
Reno Compression 2018

Where: ReTrac Plaza, Downtown Reno
 When: July 29th, pm-10pm
Join Friends of Black Rock – High Rock in downtown Reno for a fun evening of art, fire, food, and fashion as we do Leave No Trace outreach and share information on the Black Rock Desert area. The allure of Fire to humankind is irresistible! FBRHR will be on-hand doing Leave No Trace and Outdoor Ethics Outreach. We will have a tent and as usual we’ll have all the info you need or want to know about the Black Rock Desert – High Rock Canyon area.
“It’s the ‘hottest’ show during the popular Artown festival and an opportunity to celebrate contemporary and emergent art. Large-scale propane flame effects are erected around a performance state featuring music and dance. FREE to the public!” (Photo and quote from VisitRenoTahoe.com)
  • Trash to Treasures art contest is open to the public; take a piece of trash and turn it into art.
  • Fire dancing and synchronized flame effects.
  • Art cars and art sculptures, and lots more.
 

 

August 2018

August 10-12
Perseids Meteor Shower Campout 2018

Where: Coordinates TBD
When: Aug. 10th – 12th

Come join us in the Black Rock Desert to watch the stars! Enjoy a weekend of fun, good food, and good people while enjoying the Perseid Meteor Shower under dark skies.

  • FBR-led day tour to Double Hot and Black Rock Hot Springs with an optional self-guided hike up to Black Rock Point.
  • This is a weekend camp out event.
  • Please bring camping gear, food, and all other items and materials you may need.
  • Non-Members are more than welcome to come out for this event, but we will be having a Members’ BBQ Saturday evening.
  • We will be accepting Memberships on-site for those wanting to join.


Click here to Sign Up to RSVP and Volunteer
, or contact Sarah at volunteer@blackrockdesert.org for more info.


 August 26 – Sept 3
Burning Man Outreach

Where: Black Rock City
When: Aug 26th – Sept 3rd

 

  • Leave No Trace outreach and education to be conducted in partnership with Earth Guardians and the BLM.
  • Exact events TBD.
  • Must have ticket to the event to participate.
  • Week long camp out event.
  • Complimentary meal ticket for commissary.


Click here to Sign Up to RSVP and Volunteer
, or  contact Sarah 
at volunteer@blackrockdesert.org for more info.


 

September 2018

Sept 28 – 30
National Public Lands Day

Where: Soldier Meadows Cabin & Hot Springs
When: Sept 28th – 30th

Join us as we partner with Friends of Nevada Wilderness, Nevada Outdoor School, and the BLM – Nevada for a fun weekend of camping and volunteering at Soldier Meadows Cabin, Sept. 28th – 30th.

  • We will be working specifically in the Desert Dace habitat in the hot springs, so please bring waders or wellies if you have them.
  • This is a continuation of an on-going multi-year project to remove overgrowth that causes flooding and allows the Green Sunfish to threaten and attack the endemic Desert Dace.
  • Other projects include trash clean-up around Soldier Meadows Cabin and any repairs inside, as necessary.
  • We will meet at the Friends Office, 320 Main St. Gerlach and caravan out to Soldier Meadows Cabin for anyone wanting to follow. 

Click here to Sign Up to RSVP and Volunteer, or  contact Sarah at volunteer@blackrockdesert.org for more info.


Citizen Spring Inventory 

When: On going at any time
Where: Various locations throughout the region

  • Become a citizen scientist!
  • Check out a spring monitoring kit from our office and record valuable data

Note: must attend a citizen spring inventory training session

For more information, click here, or please contact our Volunteer Coordinator at volunteer@blackrockdesert.org