Nevada Gold Mines invests $50,000 towards Nevada Outdoor School programming across rural Nevada

WINNEMUCCA — Nevada Outdoor School (NOS) received $50,000 from Nevada Gold Mines (NGM) to support their FY24 youth focused programs serving ages 4–17 across rural northern Nevada. 

Programs include school-based Nature in My World programs for K-8th graders, Nature in the Park programs for ages 4–7 and Nature Explorers summer camps for ages 8–17.

“Nevada Outdoor School is extremely grateful for the continued support of our youth programs by Nevada Gold Mines,” said Melanie Erquiaga, Executive Director at Nevada Outdoor School. “Thanks to Nevada Gold Mines, youth across rural northern Nevada will expand their knowledge of how our natural world functions through hands-on exploration and investigation. NOS’s nature-based youth programs inspire future leaders to identify as scientists and take a greater interest in STEM related fields, developing and strengthening Nevada’s and NGM’s future workforce.  These programs also teach youth to think critically about the natural world and their impacts on it, helping to keep our outdoor spaces and recreation areas healthy and open for current and future generations to enjoy. This donation is important to help NOS fund our efforts to provide high-quality outdoor learning experiences, but it is also important because it helps us leverage this donation on other funding applications to be used to match many of our other grants. Thank you, Nevada Gold Mines, for valuing the importance of outdoor education and exploration in leading healthy, active lifestyles!”

As a Leave No Trace Youth Accredited organization, NOS has proven its ability to meaningfully and effectively incorporate Leave No Trace principles and responsible recreation education into all of its youth programs. Utilizing their Action. Impact. Choice.

(AIC) model and outdoor ethics philosophy, NOS programs challenge youth to analyze their actions and evaluate the impacts those actions have (both positive and negative).

“Nevada Gold Mines is proud of our partnership with Nevada Outdoor School supporting outdoor exploration and learning among the youth. Being able to engage in hands-on activities and inspire youth to take a greater interest in STEM related fields will help to ensure the future health and success of our communities,” said Alissa Wood, Head of Corporate Social Responsibility, Barrick North America 

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Nevada Outdoor School

 (NOS) was founded in 2002 to establish an outdoor education program in rural Nevada that would create a sense of land stewardship amongst students of all ages. 

Over the years, NOS has become the premier provider of outdoor ethics education in rural Nevada. 

NOS inspires exploration of the natural world, responsible stewardship of our habitat and dedication to community through a variety of youth, training and community focused programs. 

The NOS AmeriCorps Program places National Service Members at a variety of non-profit host sites in rural Nevada, including at Nevada Outdoor School.

About Nevada Gold Mines

Nevada Gold Mines is operated by Barrick Gold Corporation (NYSE:GOLD) and is a joint venture between Barrick (61.5%) and Newmont (38.5%) that combined their significant assets across Nevada in 2019 to create the single largest gold-producing complex in the world.