Snowshoeing, learning, and fun coming up next!

Winter programs are filling up, so sign up soon.

Students learn winter ecology, winter safety, snow science, and about our Sierra snowpack as the source of our water. Click on the title of each program for more. Register here for school programs and here for school break Adventure Day Camp.

For more info Email Emily or call 775-324-0936.

Save your spot now!

Thanks for sharing the love on Giving Tuesday and all whose year-end gifts will allow us to include more children in the new year.

Make a difference for a child with your gift here.

Fun Snowflake Crafts

Want some new ways to make snowflakes with your kids? We'll be making some during winter programs and teaching kids how water molecules freeze in hexagon shapes yielding the beautiful six-sided (never eight!) dendrite snowflakes. Here are four links with oodles of ideas: 1, 2, 3, 4

Join Our Team!

We're thrilled with finding some great new teaching staff members but are always looking ahead to future seasons and looking for more folks who are great with kids and love sharing their passion for the outdoors. See our naturalist position description here and email Emily with your resume, cover letter, and references.

Please share with friends who are great with kids!

Volunteer at Winter Adventure Day Camp

Help any morning or afternoon Jan. 2-5 at the River School Farm in Reno. Support our naturalists educators with crafts, activities, and walks to help kids aged 6-12 explore, achieve, and expand horizons.

Email Emily or call 775-324-0936.

Science Corner

Weird but true winter facts from National Geographic Kids will make you smile.

And NASA Climate Kids explains the reason for the seasons which we teach during all our overnight science camps and why the south pole is colder than the north pole.

Need a Stocking Stuffer?

Our students love identifying and following animal tracks in the snow. We use our popular pocket field guide to "Tahoe Area Plants and Animals" with over 100 local species which shows tracks of some of our more common animals. It's also a great stocking stuffer and a handy last-minute gift with proceeds supporting our programs for kids. Get yours here!

Remembering Board Member "Dr. Bugs" Richard Vineyard

With heavy hearts we report that Dr. Vineyard passed away unexpectedly in November. He had been actively involved in all aspects of our programs as a great science teaching resource, a respected advisor, and a good friend. We will miss him dearly.

A teacher of underserved students describes the difference you can make for kids:

"The experience was a “first-time” for every single student – and it was great to see them enjoying the beautiful Sierra in the wintertime. GBOS weaves lots of learning into spending time in nature and was able to bring home important elements of living in and caring for our environment and incorporate many science standards into a fun day. Thank you so much!"

Thanks for Caring

If everyone would honor our 25th anniversary serving local kids this year with at least a modest $25 donation, it would really add up! Of course $250 would be even better, and anything in between is most appreciated.

Donate online securely here

or mail checks to:

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

Help kids connect with nature, science, and one another.

Now is a good time to consider making your gift a monthly donation (an option on our giving page), supporting our endowment fund at the Community Foundation, or honoring your own values about children and the environment with a planned gift through your estate plan or investments.

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, Executive Director

Derik Knak, Development Coordinator

Sue Jacox, Board President

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