cabin clean up crew


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

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:

  • 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.

To fill out our Questionnaire, click here,  or contact

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

May, 2021
Virtual Black Rock Rendezvous

Where: Online, BLM Field Office 
When: Hybrid virtual and in-person:

Wednesday May 26 – Sunday May 30

Register for events here:

Contact us at for more info.


June, 2021
National Trails Day

Where: Gerlach/Black Rock Desert
When: TBD

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 for more info.

June, 2021
Trego Hot Springs Father’s Day Clean-Up

Where: Black Rock Desert
When: TBD

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 for more info.

August, 2021
Perseid Meteor Campout

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

Contact us at for more info.

September, 2021
End of Season Trego Hot Spring Clean Up

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 for more info.

September 25 – 27, 2021
National Public Lands Day

Where: TBD
When: September 25 – 27, 2021

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, 2021 

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