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 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
Where: Fly Ranch and FBRHR Visitor Center Store and in the field. 

  • 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


March 14th, 2020
Fly Ranch Docent Volunteer Appreciation & New Volunteer Orientation

Where: Reno, NV / 100 N. Arlington Ave. (Arlington Towers)
When: March 14th, 2 – 4pm
Open to members, volunteers and those eager to participate as a volunteer! We will be celebrating last years efforts and planning for the 2020 Fly Ranch Nature Walks.
Learn about LNT training, CPR, Wilderness First Aid training opportunities and other benefits of leading nature walks in the beautiful Black Rock Desert area.


Sign up here to attend the overview in Reno


March 28th, 2020
Fly Ranch Docent – Required Training

Where: Gerlach, NV | FBRHR Visitor’s Center at 320 Main St.
When: March 28th | 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

Whether you are returning or new to the program this training is required for all 2020 Fly Ranch Volunteers. 

On-site orientation and Nature Walk training for all 2020 Fly Ranch docents. We will be going over LNT awareness, safety protocols and Fly Ranch Nature Walk talking points.

Be prepared for the 1.5 to 2 miles hike in any weather. We will start at Friends of Black Rock High Rock Visitor Center in Gerlach and then travel by car-pool to Fly Ranch and Fly Geyser.

Volunteers  are expected to sign up for at least two shifts during the 2020 season. 

Sign up here for docent training in Gerlach / Fly Ranch. 



May 22 – 25, 2020
Black Rock Rendezvous

Where: Gerlach/Black Rock Desert
When: May 22-25

Annual campout with education, exploration and conservation projects.
Details to be announced.

Contact us at 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 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 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 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 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