Summer Fun!

  • Adventure Day Camp
  • 25th Birthday Picnic
  • Teacher Workshop
  • Monthly Family Hikes

Kids, teachers, families, and friends, we look forward to more outdoor fun and learning with you this summer!

Hunt Tadpoles at Rancho Family Hike

Sat., June 10

Gear Hut, friends, and families, join us for an easy hike on the Rancho San Rafael Nature Trail from 10-noon. With all the water in Evans Canyon, there should be some tadpoles waiting for us this year.

Details and sign ups on our website. Donations appreciated

Family-friendly Teacher Workshop

Earn recertification hours while having fun in the sun learning water science activities at the River School Farm in Reno Thurs., July 6. Bring your own school-age children and we'll have nature activities for them too. Practice fun learning activities outdoors and receive curriculum materials. See our flier.

Details and registration on our website.

Great Basin Outdoor School is 25 This Year!

We are proud and honored to have been connecting thousands of children with nature and science since 1998.

(Pilot programs actually started even earlier.)

Put Sat., August 5 on your calendars now for our birthday picnic at Galena Creek's Bearmat picnic area. Join us for barbecue, games, raffle, nature activities, and more family fun. Details coming soon on our website.

Can you donate a raffle prize or a picnic item?

If so, thank you, and please contact us to let us know.

In honor of our 25th year as a nonprofit organization connecting kids with nature and science, please consider donating $25. Or $250!

Donate online securely here

or mail checks to:

Great Basin Outdoor School, 1000 Bible Way #53, Reno, NV 89502.

Your Logo on 1000 GBOS T-shirts

Be our "Great Basin Buddy" supporting hands-on discovery in the outdoor classroom with your logo on the backs of 1000 T-shirts. We still need a few more sponsors before we can go to print. Please see details on this T-shirt sponsorship flier.

We Love Our Student Quotes!

Here are some quotes from kids this spring, and they show what you are supporting when you help.

The BEST thing about Great Basin Outdoor School is:  learning about Lake Tahoe and the watershed, learning about the environment and learning about stars, getting to sleep in cabins and do activities, hiking and learning more about the environment, camping with friends.  


The MOST IMPORTANT new thing I learned is:  how we can save water, don’t pollute Lake Tahoe, that water wasting and food wasting is bad, how the environment needs to be healthy, take short showers, how we should care about wildlife and try not to pollute the lake.


The MOST EXCITING part of forest and wildlife ecology was:  how bats eat moths, doing the food web and seeing which animals connect, that the rings in trees can tell its age, learning about the stars.


The MOST INTERESTING thing I learned about myself is:  I like learning about plants, that we need to be good listeners, it’s fun to hike, I learned that I like exploring, I can learn more than I think I can, that there is a whole world outside of home and you just got to find it, I really like learning about wildlife.


GREAT BASIN OUTDOOR SCHOOL is:  green, beautiful, wonderful, adventurous, caring, unbelievable, awesome, fun, exciting, active, cool, kind, learning experience, peaceful, epic, one of those things you don’t ever want to leave, best experience, amazing!!

Summer Adventure Day Camp at the River School Farm is pretty full already, but there are waiting lists and a little space in some weeks June 12-30 & July 10-28. Kids enjoy hands-on science, art, crafts, music, and more.

Details and registration

Volunteer at day camp! Our teaching staff appreciates having another adult helping out with activities. If you can volunteer for a morning or an afternoon or all day, please contact Karrie, our Day Camp Director for more information.

Please share these opportunities.

Forward to colleagues who care about kids and our Earth.

See more on our website and our Facebook page.


1000 Bible Way #53 - Reno, NV 89502


Emily Baldwin, Education Director

Karrie Wilhite, Day Camp Director

Derik Knak, Development Coordinator

Sue Jacox, Board President

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