Teens representing four high schools volunteered to spend the day at the Carson River on May 10. They set up activities and stations for the public to learn more about the Carson River ecology.

Three Fernley High School students volunteered as River Wranglers and set up activities for the public to learn more about the ecology of the Carson River.

Chris Turk worked with Jennifer Dawson, Ft. Churchill State Historic Park ranger, to learn about Leave No Trace. This ethic, supported by Nevada State Parks, and other federal and state agencies, encourages people to leave no impact on the environment. Quote

As a nine year scout member and Eagle Scout candidate, Turk was excited to share his knowledge about Leave No Trace and teach people how to minimize our impact.

“I learned about Leave No Trace; to keep dogs leased in the backcountry and properly dispose of waste.” said Turk. “I brought examples of how to compact items for travel in the backcountry and get rid of excess packaging.”

Andi Bolstad was interested in exploring turtles and tortoises in Nevada. She learned that the most common turtle found in the Carson River is the Western Pond Turtle. Bolstad, a FHS junior, planned an activity for elementary children creating turtle rock art. The kids loved this activity.

Amanda Van Pelt worked with Bob Van Pelt, 4-H volunteer leader for the Wildlife Habitat Evaluation Program, to set up a display of the food that animals within the watershed consume.

This family-friendly event featured the Newlands Project mobile museum, sponsored by Lahontan Valley Environmental Alliance, and Operation Game Thief, sponsored by Nevada Department of Wildlife. Smokey Bear even made his appearance thanks to the Nevada Division of Forestry.

The Slidebase Jammers were on hand to fill the park with music and the public sat on straw bales eating picnic lunches as they enjoyed their great sound.

The Train Station concession provided a wide variety of choices for lunch and they generously provided food for the teen volunteers.

The Festival is sponsored by River Wranglers and Nevada State Parks. Additional support comes from Carson Water Subconservancy District, Western Nevada RC&D, Smallwood Foundation, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Nevada Division of Environmental Protection Non-point Source, Dayton Valley Conservation Service and Scolari’s Food and Drug Store.

Through a generous grant from the Lyon County Room Tax Board, the event was advertised by sending more than 52,000 flyers home with elementary students in Washoe, Storey, Douglas, Carson, Churchill and Lyon counties

If you missed out on the fun this year, don’t worry as the 9th annual event will be held May 2, 2009 and you’re invited! For additional information about River Wranglers email



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