Learning in Nature

The Southern Nevada Agency Partnership and Get Outdoors Nevada offers Clark County educators ways to connect youth with the outdoors.

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Clark County is surrounded by public lands that provide opportunities for outdoor connections to curriculum in the classroom.

  • Get youth outside on a field trip with a naturalist or connected to their environment with a classroom presentation about Southern Nevada Public Land.
  • Outdoor classrooms are ideal settings to investigate patterns, explore questions, and improve learning.
  • Help youth strengthen science proficiency and their understanding of Mojave Desert natural resources!

Public Lands Field Trips

Open to all teachers, educators, youth groups, scout leaders, and more!

Field Trips Can Happen in Two Ways:

Guided Field Trips

Want to take your students or youth group on a guided educational field trip?

Take your group outdoors on a Guided Field Trip!

A trained instructor can lead your group on a guided field trip at one of our incredible public lands sites.

Field trips are based on curriculum that supports Next Generation Science Standards or Nevada Academic Content Standards.

An archaeologist shows youth how to grind Honey Mesquite Pods into a flour while learning about cultural history on a field trip to Desert National Wildlife Refuge!

Self-Guided Field Trips

Want to take your students or youth group on your own outdoor field trip?

Take an Educator Training and you can guide your group on a Self-Guided Field Trip!

Trainings are offered several times a year and give educators knowledge, confidence, and certification to lead field trips.

Educator Trainings are based on curriculum that supports Next Generation Science Standards or Nevada Academic Content Standards.

Public Lands Educator Trainings

Trainings are open to all teachers, educators, youth group leaders, scout leaders, and more!

An Educator Training will give you the knowledge, confidence, and certification to teach and guide your own field trip on public land!

CCSD educators: you can receive Professional Development Education (CU) credits through the PDE office.

For additional information and to sign up visit:

Upcoming Educator Trainings

Our Public Lands Teacher Workshop Series: Lake Mead

June 6, 2022 | 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Our Public Lands Teacher Workshop Series: Corn Creek

June 7, 2022 | 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Our Public Lands Teacher Workshop Series: Red Rock Canyon

June 8, 2022 | 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Our Public Lands Teacher Workshop Series: Spring Mountains

June 9, 2022 | 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

“Field Trips are so much fun and provide a wonderful connection to the world around us. A butterfly landing on 10 students and teacher, or the sighting of a wild baby desert tortoise drinking from a creek are experiences that are unique, in nature, on our public land.”

- Janina L.,
Southern Nevada
Agency Partnership

Transportation Microgrants

CC school bus

Hard to pay for a bus for a public lands field trip? Let us help!

Let us help cover the cost of transportation for field trips for youth to Public Lands. Schools, educators, and community organizations can apply for financial grants to help cover the cost of bus transportation for Public Lands Field Trips.

  • Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.
  • Applications must be submitted a minimum of two weeks before the scheduled trip.
  • Each reimbursable microgrant can be used to cover transportation costs for Public Lands Field Trips.

“The kids are introduced to new things that they may not learn at school or home. Teaching them about the outdoors gives them the opportunity to strengthen their message and apply it.”

Classroom Educational Presentations

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Do you have K-12th graders in your class, scout, community, or homeschool group?

Our instructors bring the Mojave Desert to life in your classroom. Our dynamic, hands-on presentations dive into environmental topics including:

  • public lands of Southern Nevada
  • plants and animals of the Mojave Desert
  • and the importance of conservation and stewardship

Presentations are based on curriculum supporting Next Generation Science Standards or Nevada Academic Content Standards.

“I think the entire program was amazing. The field trip was great - my students absolutely loved being out on a trail walk and having the chance to observe nature. Additionally, the classroom sessions were very hands-on: all students were engaged, happy, and learning.”

Every Kid Outdoors Presentations

Play Outdoors! Photo credit: Every Kid Outdoors
Play Outdoors! Photo credit: Every Kid Outdoors

Do you have fourth graders in your class, scout, community, or homeschool group?

Every Kid Outdoors logo

Invite a presenter to give an educational presentation and give fourth graders a free Every Kid Outdoors pass! Pass gives fourth graders and family free entry to America’s parks, lands, and waters! Some in our own backyard!

Learn to protect public land and how desert animals sense their world. Presentation supports Next Generation Science Standards or Nevada Academic Content Standards.

Explore Lake Mead National Recreation Area, Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, picnic areas at Spring Mountain National Recreation Area, and more with the pass! Reservations may be required.

“Participation in GON's program provided students with an opportunity to witness the processes in their own surroundings and encouraged them to take advantage of Southern Nevada's nature.”

Get Outdoors Nevada

Get to know our partner!

Get Outdoors Nevada was formed in 2000 by a group of passionate Nevada outdoor enthusiasts and community leaders who believes there is a critical link between our spectacular outdoor places and our quality of life. Get Outdoors Nevada connects Nevadans and visitors from all backgrounds and ages to the state’s diverse outdoor places. Get Outdoors efforts and programs focus on the needs and lives of families and school children, especially those who are at-risk and often have limited opportunity to experience the great outdoors. Get Outdoors Nevada is committed to preserving Nevada’s public lands, urban trails, and community parks.

Upcoming Events

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Past Events

Check out what we’ve been up to!

Desert National Wildlife Refuge field trip

Desert National Wildlife Refuge Field Trip

Take a look! What do you see?

Middle school students get a close-up view of the outdoor world with binoculars at on a Desert National Wildlife Refuge field trip.

Desert National Wildlife Refuge field trip
Boys and Girls Clubs of Southern Nevada at Lake Mead

Lake Mead National Recreation Area Field Trip

Having fun hiking outside!

Get Outdoors Nevada led a hike with youth from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern Nevada at Lake Mead National Recreation Area.

Boys and Girls Clubs of Southern Nevada at Lake Mead
Field Trip at Tule Springs Fossil Beds National Monument

Field Trip at Tule Springs Fossil Beds National Monument

Students enjoying badland habitat!

Montessori Visions Academy learns how human interactions have impacted native plants and animals habitat in our fragile Mojave desert ecosystem, and how we can protect and restore native habitat.

Field Trip at Tule Springs Fossil Beds National Monument
student receive a Junior Ranger badge

Afterschool programs at Pearson Community Center

Becoming a Junior Ranger!

Students learn about Mount Charleston animals and receive a Junior Ranger badge from an Interpretive Naturalist from the Spring Mountains National Recreation area.

student receive a Junior Ranger badge