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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 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.

Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities

FBRHR Field and Site Stewards Volunteers

July – August 2021

When: Saturdays and Sundays from July through August, 9am to 2pm

Where: Meet at FBRHR Visitor Center in Gerlach and then travel to sites within the National Conservation Area.

Join our fabulous Environmental Stewardship Coordinator Damien Cooper for an educational and rewarding day of conservation. Meet at the Gerlach Visitor Center to gear up and learn about the day’s project before heading out to a number of possible sites. This is an excellent opportunity to visit some of the most beautiful sites in the Black Rock in the company of a knowledgeable guide in small groups

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

 

National Public Lands Day-Soldier Meadows Clean Up 

September 2021

When: September 23-25
 
Where: Soldier Meadows (carpool and caravan option)

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). 

Join us for a much-needed rehabilitation of this important site.

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

 

Fly Ranch Volunteers

When: Ongoing 
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 require purchase of tickets and masks to be worn at all times on the property. 

  • 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! (Classes will be scheduled for 2021 and posted for volunteers)

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


Field Team Volunteers

When: July – October 2021
Where: Meet at a location nearby, then travel to sites within the National Conservation Area.

National Public Lands Day in the Black Rock Desert Sept. 26th, to see the post for last year:  blackrockdesert.org/national-public-lands-day-2020/

  • Monitoring – sites are full of campers? relatively little use? types of recreation? 
  • Outreach – provide feedback to help FBRHR determine most effective messaging for social media and outreach through email and posters.
  • Clean up and Restoration – note ‘shovel ready’ projects and work to restore sites – setting a citizen driven tone for responsible use in the Black Rock Desert, outside permitted events.
Contact us at volunteer@blackrockdesert.org for more info.
 

Perseids Meteor Shower Campout

August 2021

Where: Black Rock Point Campsite. GPS Coordinates TBD.
When: August 2021

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

 

End of Season Trego Hot Spring Clean Up

September 2021

Where: Trego Hot Springs
When: September, 2021

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.


Wild & Scenic Film Festival

October 2021 

Dates TBA
Wild & Scenic Film Festival, Downtown Reno


Citizen Science Projects

When: Ongoing
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 campouts.

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