It's a good month to THINK GREEN!

Help us honor local organizations and businesses promoting environmentally responsible actions. Nominate for Golden Pinecone awards by the deadline noon March 17, and the party will be at Great Basin Taps & Tanks April 13.

See details and register here.

How Green Will Summer Be?

Local Snow Science History Comes to Life.

Join us as Dr. Church who invented the Mt. Rose snow sampler over a hundred years ago to measure the water content of our snow is portrayed by Steve Hale at the Galena Creek Visitor Center Saturday, March 18 at 1:00 pm. This is a donation-based family activity in conjunction with the Galena Creek Visitor Center and UNR's current exhibit on Dr. Church in Special Collections at the Knowledge Center. Optional snowshoeing follows presentation. Registration limited.

Save your spot here.

Gear Hut is Green

Our favorite green business, Gear Hut, keeps outdoor clothing and gear out of the landfill by selling it and sharing proceeds with nonprofits such as Great Basin Outdoor School when you donate used gear in our name. They also organize an annual community clean up, partner with us on our family hikes, and sell our Tahoe Area Plants & Animals pocket field guides

which you can also purchase on our website. 318 Broadway Blvd. in Reno, open noon-7 pm Wednesday-Sunday

Six Green Choices

shared by our friends at Gear Hut. Click on

Take the JUMP!

End clutter, travel fresh, eat green, dress retro, holiday local, & change the system.

(Tough to do it all, but every action counts!)

Great Basin Outdoor School Teaches Kids to Think Green

Kids connect with nature and volunteer on environmental projects during school break day camps at the River School Farm and school class overnight science camps at Tahoe and day programs at Galena Creek.

Day Camp details and registration here

For Class Science Trips contact Emily

Our staff teaches and would love day camp volunteers. Email Karrie or call 775-324-0936.

Green Quotes from Students

The most important thing I learned is the environment needs to be protected better, to keep Lake Tahoe clean and being more responsible with water, not to waste food because a lot of energy went into our food, most of our fresh water is frozen so we need to conserve, earth is a beautiful place, how to respect others.

Teach Green with Us Share your passion for kids and the environment teaching right on the shore of Lake Tahoe in May and on the Truckee River in Reno in June and July. We train and mentor you with standards-based science curriculum and student-centered activities.

See application details here and contact our Education Director Emily.

Snowshoeing has been a blast!

Continue snow science in the classroom with actual local snow data and make predictions on our total snowpack and snow water equivalency. See daily data from our Mt. Rose weather station and join the Snowpack Prediction Challenge.

See Your Logo on 1000 Shirts!

Sponsor T-shirts for Kids.

Be our "Great Basin Buddy". We're printing T-shirts for students at our overnight science camps. What a great souvenir of their exciting outdoor learning experience! They love the shirts and continue to wear them long after their trip. 

Get details & sponsorship form here.

Science Corner

Green is Good for Us.

Interaction with gardens and natural spaces offers a variety of mental, physical and social benefits for humans, ranging from stress reduction, quicker healing, and mitigation of Attention Deficit Disorder in children to decreasing crime and air pollution. Sustainable sites consider human energy and creativity as a renewable resource, recognizing the potential for healthy living and employment conditions. City planners, governments, and ordinary citizens are only just beginning to appreciate the tangible benefits of green spaces and take advantage of opportunities for improving quality of life in urbanized areas.

See more from the University of Delaware.

We are so lucky you care!

Thank you for helping us teach kids and families to love and protect our green spaces.

Help kids connect with nature, science, and one another.
Donate online securely here

or mail checks to:

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

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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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