As a Friends of Black Rock volunteer you are an integral part of the future health of Black Rock Desert and High Rock Canyon – Emigrant Trails National Conservation Area. 

Our conservation projects and programs are a great way to explore, connect with new and old friends, and give back in a safe zone with our stewardship team. Volunteering is the perfect excuse to head out into some of Nevada‚Äôs most spectacular back-country 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!


All of our Volunteer Opportunities start with a brief Questionnaire.


Visitor Center Spring Cleanup & Restoration

Roll up your sleeves and join us for some capital improvements! We are going to plant flowers, paint, landscape, and perform general maintenance.

After five decades of a life well lived this historic building needs some TLC!

Skilled at roofing and flooring? A general contractor? We have a few jobs that beg for some real skill sets, if you have any professional experience or knowledge in the areas of: plumbing, flooring, or electrical work please contact us for job details and sign up. We need your help!

The first part of restoration in April was a success! We will keep you posted with updated pictures on our social media when we complete the remaining projects.

Fly Ranch Nature Walks – Become an assistant Docent!

Nature Walks traverse through two distinct and separate areas of the 3,800-acre Fly Ranch, totaling roughly two miles. Participants will be accompanied by knowledgeable docents to learn more about the flora, fauna, and natural resources as well as history of the greater Black Rock Desert area.

Participants enjoy an immersive experience in a dynamic environment. There are three geysers on the property including the stunning Fly Geyser, a unique and iconic geothermal geyser that constantly sprays, depositing minerals, and enabling the growth of multi-colored algae on its surrounding natural terraces.

IMPORTANT: You must have attended Fly Ranch Docent Volunteer orientation, trainings and meetings, and have current Leave No Trace training (Wilderness First Aid and CPR experience is encouraged) to sign up as a Lead Docent

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National Public Lands Day-Soldier Meadows Clean Up 

Soldier Meadows is a spring-fed wetland that has been inhabited for thousands of years by Great Basin Cultures. This ancient caldera with its many seeps and springs is home to the Desert Dace, a hot water-loving minnow and a rare and endangered springtail snail that only exist in this unique habitat. 

Because of its unique beauty and the vulnerability of its flora and fauna, Soldier Meadows is considered an ACEC (Area of Critical Concern). 

Perseids Meteor Shower Campout

Every year, Friends of Black Rock High Rock hosts a spectacular Dark Skies weekend closest to the peak, and invites you to come out and enjoy the nighttime skies with us.

National Public Trails Day 

National Trails Day on the first Saturday in June recognizes the incredible benefits of federal, state and local trails. Events held throughout the United States encourage people to discover their local trails and share their excitement for the outdoors.

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