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Destination Devils Hole Event Report

The day began with a Jr. Ranger Program at the Point of Rocks picnic area. Ranger Rose led several young children in a lesson about the wildlife that lives in the Mojave Desert – and what they might encounter along the hike. The kids enjoyed listening to some Native American legends and touching the pelts of a bobcat, coyote, jackrabbit, and other native animals.

Stewardship Saturday: Native Planting at Tubb’s Spring

The area around the spring had been farmland prior to the Refuge’s establishment in 1984. After years of lying fallow, it had become overgrown with non-native weeds, particularly Russian knapweed. These weeds provide little value to wildlife and have a tendency to outcompete native plants.

Ash Meadows National Wildlife Area- Let’s Explore Snakes and Lizards!

The sand dunes at Peterson Reservoir were literally crawling with snakes, lizards and kids on Saturday, September 11th, for Ash Meadows’ fall kickoff event: Let’s Explore Snakes & Lizards! Approximately 43 children and 15 adults attended the event, from Amargosa Valley Elementary School, Death Valley Academy, Shoshone Middle School, Tecopa-Francis Elementary, and the Pahrump 4-H Rockhounds.

Lake Mead Research Associates Work with PLI and SNAP to Celebrate “Dia de los Muertos”

Sunday, November 1 and Monday, November 2, 2009 marked the 9th annual “Dia de los Muertos” (Day of the Dead) celebration, held at Winchester Park and Recreation Center in Las Vegas. Southern Nevada Agency Partners (SNAP) collaborated with law enforcement officers from four federal land management agencies (NPS, USFWS, BLM, and USFS) to take part in the celebration.

RAs Laura Brinson and Emily Montoya Camp with 5th Graders at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area

On November 8-9, eight lucky 5th graders from the Paradise Professional Development School (PPDS) took to the canyon land for a two-day camping trip, co-led by GBI’s Laura Brinson and Emily Montoya. Joined by Daphne and Amalia from the Public Lands Institute (PLI), the four environmental educators loaded the Environmental Science Club students into vans for a fun-filled trip to Moenkopi Campground, located in Red Rock Canyon NCA.

Southern Nevada Children “Catch a Special Thrill” at Lake Mead

Saturday, October 3, 2009 proved a fine day for fishing at the 11th Annual C.A.S.T. “Catch a Special Thrill” for Kids Event. The C.A.S.T. Foundation, created in 1991, aims to increase awareness about disabled and disadvantaged children in communities nationwide.