ENVIRONMENTAL OUTREACH, EDUCATION, AND INTERPRETATIVE SERVICES
The institute is dedicated to providing environmental education and interpretative services for the public. Through academic and agency partnerships, GBI offers a wide array of educational delivery positions. Below are a few examples of past and present educational programs and field study opportunities.
Mojave Desert. As the population of Southern Nevada and surrounding areas continues to expand, public outreach and education provides diverse learners the opportunity to understand, appreciate and respect the fragile Mojave Desert. Research Associates assist federal agencies in providing curriculum-based field trip and in classroom programs for school students in the Clark County School District, especially schools with a high percentage of English Language Learners; interpretive hikes, short talks, campground programs, library programs, and outreach at special events and community events; and informal roving interpretation to the public.
Tahoe Rim Trail. The Tahoe Rim Trail Association (TRTA) was established in 1981 with the goal of completing a 165-mile loop trail around the ridge tops of Lake Tahoe. With this goal completed, the main focus of TRTA has become trail improvements and outreach. Working closely with Nevada Conservation Corps crews to meet these goals, TRTA has also taken an active role in environmental education and interpretation. As part of this effort, RAs coordinate and implement interpretive programs, including “Leave No Trace” and others related to the Tahoe Rim Trail and Lake Tahoe basin. In addition, RAs presented environmental education programs, prepared a teacher’s guidebook for local schools, planned and publicized special events for visitors, and researched and developed outreach materials related to the Tahoe Rim Trail and Lake Tahoe Basin.