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Volunteer!

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. 

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. Volunteering is the perfect excuse to head out into some of Nevada’s most spectacular backcountry 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 *POSTPONED* UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
Where: Fly Ranch and FBRHR Visitor Center Store and in the field. 
In respect of public health and safety, Fly Ranch is closed to the public and Docent led Nature Walks have been postponed. 

  • Help guide people through Fly Ranch by being a Support Docent or a Lead Docent
  • Help out and interact with visitors in our Visitor Center Store 
  • Have opportunities to become Leave No Trace Trainers and Wilderness First Aid Certified!

To fill out our Questionnaire, click here,  or contact volunteer@blackrockdesert.org


 

May 22 – 25, 2020
Virtual Black Rock Rendezvous

Where: online / tba
When: May 22-25

First Virtual Black Rock Rendezvous with education, exploration and conservation projects. Details to be announced.

Contact us at volunteer@blackrockdesert.org for more info.


 

June 5 – 7, 2020
National Trails Day

Where: Gerlach/Black Rock Desert
When: June 5 – 7

We’ll be doing some heavy lifting in the far reaches of the NCA. Come out for food, campfires, and good times in the desert! 
Details to be announced.

Contact us at volunteer@blackrockdesert.org for more info.


June 20 – 21
Trego Hot Springs Father’s Day Clean-Up

Where: Black Rock Desert
When: June 20 – 21

Trego Hot Springs is one of the area’s most popular springs in the Black Rock Desert, with hundreds of visitors each year, no facilities, and a lot of reckless recreation that needs attention on an ongoing basis.
 
Join us at Trego Hot Springs to help clean up the area.
Details TBD

Contact us at volunteer@blackrockdesert.org for more info.


August 7 – 9, 2020
Perseid Meteor Campout

Where: Black Rock Point Campsite. GPS Coordinates TBD.
When: August 7 – 9

Contact us at volunteer@blackrockdesert.org for more info.

September 19 – 20
End of Season Trego Hot Spring Clean Up

Where: Trego Hot Springs
When: September 19-20

Trego is one  of the most used sites in the NCA, and unfortunately, not everyone who visits does a good job of leaving no trace. We’ll be out helping clean up the site and advocating for good environmental ethics among all users. Come out and end the season with stewardship and a soak

Contact us at volunteer@blackrockdesert.org for more info.


September 25 – 27, 2020
National Public Lands Day

Where: TBD
When: September 25 – 27

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.


October, 2020 

Dates TBA
Wild & Scenic Film Festival, Downtown Reno


Citizen Science Projects

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

  • Become a citizen scientist!
  • Stop by the office for information on collecting data with EddMaps West (invasive weeds), Stories in the Snow (snow crystal photography), iNaturalist (plant & animal surveys) and other programs you can use during your trip.
  • Your data goes to the Nevada Department of Agriculture, DRI, and other local scientists and researchers. Be part of a project!

Note: Group training sessions available at our large group camp outs.

For more information, click here, or please contact our Conservation Project and Outreach Coordinator at volunteer@blackrockdesert.org