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Nevada Outdoor School

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Education, Educational Services, Environment, Environmental Education

Mission: Nevada Outdoor School inspires exploration of the natural world, responsible stewardship of our habitat and dedication to community. a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization

Geographic areas served: Northern Nevada

Programs: Americorps state corporation for national & community service: nevada outdoor school (nos) is a subgrantee for the americorps state formula program in nevada. The americorps program at nos offers opportunities for partner non-profit and government agencies to host a national service member to help advance their mission. Some of the national service members from this grant also serve with nevada outdoor school to assist with the planning and implementation of our education programming.

bureau of land management: nevada outdoor school (nos) has maintained an assistance agreement with the blm for the past 11 years acting as their primary partner for planning and implementation of environmental education and interpretation projects in alignment with goals for the black rock desert high rock canyon emigrant trails national conservation area and the greater winnemucca district. Nos and blm also partner on various conservation and resource protection projects. In recent years, nos has been a strong partner for the blm on department of the interior youth initiatives as well as other national programs. Nos provides youth education as well as opportunities for youth to be employed in the field of natural resources.

state of nevada, division of state parks: nevada outdoor school has maintained a strong funding partnership with nevada state parks for several years and this total funding for 2016 represents three separate grants. One grant was to deliver leave no trace trainings at valley of fire state park. The second grant is to develope a couple atv/ohv loops in the santa rosa mountains placing atv cattle guards at all the fence crossings to allow riders an uninteruped loop trail without having to stop and open and close all the livestock gates. The third state parks grant is to deliver outdoor ethics training in tread lightly and leave no trace principles as well as atv safety training for both youth and adults.

part iii 4d - other program expenses - inquiry based science lessons taught to k-8 classrooms with focus on lessons to help get kids learning and exploring outdoors. Age appropriate summer camps, atv safety and field trips also provided.

Community Stories

16 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Nevada Outdoor School is a tremendous asset to the community. Their work to educate children and adults about responsible recreation has far reaching benefits to the overall health of our public lands. They are a great partner with other nonprofit organizations and government agencies to further extend their reach and have a greater impact fulfilling their mission.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

NOS is awesome. Swing by our website to see what super cool events and activities we are offering at the moment.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I love going to NOS's summer camps. I meet new friends and learn about nature.

Sarah W.9

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We love Nevada Outdoor School. We love the nature based lessons and summer camps that are often offered for free in our community.

Eva C.2

Donor

Rating: 5

This organization is always striving to create new programs and provide opportunities for the community to get outside and have fun. There are not many organizations that do what they do in this area and so it's great that they are here!

Donor

Rating: 5

Nevada Outdoor School provides fun, educational, and hands-on learning experiences to youth across Northern Nevada. Teaching youth about outdoor education, responsible stewardship of our public lands, and necessary outdoor skills helps inspire them to pursue outdoor hobbies and pass their knowledge to others.

Allana H.

Donor

Rating: 5

Nevada Outdoor School's mission is so inspiring and encouraging to our kids to get outside and learn about the natural world. With COVID this year, we were shocked that they were able to offer summer camp programs (modified) to meet our community's needs! Thank you for caring about our kids!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Nevada Outdoor School helps our community get connected to the outdoors and nature through effective and engaging programs using the outdoors as their classroom. Our kids love NOS events and are always looking forward to the next outing!

Donor

Rating: 5

Nevada Outdoor School is the #1 Outdoor Education Provider in rural, northern Nevada! They provide nature based lessons, field trips and summer camps for youth and Tread Lightly, Leave No Trace, ATV and Hunter Safety for all ages. Join them on a community hike in some of their favorite recreation areas or at their annual fundraiser event - the Buckaroo Dutch Oven Cook Off in September.

Donor

Rating: 5

It is amazing what this small group is able to do. Fabulous programs for kids and adults are well attended and appreciated by our community. I enjoy each staff person and it is apparent they love their job! We are fortunate to have Nevada Outdoor School in Winnemucca!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Nevada Outdoor School has helped our first graders with many concepts. One of the funnest was snowflakes. We had a whole unit on snowflakes. NOS came in and reinforced what we had learned and then made snowflakes with the kids.

Client Served

Rating: 5

during this period of the gov't shutting down all school, as well as other, programs for young people, this was the activity we found for my 11 year old to participate in. No thanks to the gov't. but thanks to your concern for your youth she was able to interact with others for a few hours this summer.

Kim P.3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have two kids (5&7). They absolutely love all of the camps and programs put on by NOS. They love learning about nature and I love that they also learn to respect Mother Nature and how to help preserve it for future generations. NOS is awesome.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Nevada Outdoor School came into our school to help teachers with Common Core based Science lessons that help connect students/kids with real world outdoor wild life and wild lands. Kids get excited when the NOS people show up and even help lead them on field trips to water sheds, former glacier sites, and in the summer operate summer camps indoors and out in the fields and mountains.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been donating to Nevada Outdoor School for the past seven years. I strongly believe in their mission and appreciate their passion for getting people outside and encouraging respect and appreciation for the natural world. NOS does great work throughout rural northern Nevada and beyond teaching the next generation of leaders and thinkers to understand and value science and the environment.
Keep up the great work!

1

Former staff

Rating: 5

NOS has been doing, and I'm sure will continue to, a great job providing benefits for the local community. Besides the thousands of children taught over the years, they have provided AmeriCorps Volunteers to many other local non-profits!