GBOS Students Practice #WaterSmart Techniques

boat SV Mar (1)Great Basin Outdoor School (GBOS) is excited to venture into another spring season focused on teaching northern Nevada students and teachers about water issues and the importance of protecting water quality. While northern California and Nevada residents are ecstatic about the increased snow and rainfall this year we can all agree how essential it is to continue teaching the next generation water protection strategies. GBOS has teamed up with the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection, the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency, and UC Davis’ Tahoe Environmental Research Center to provide outdoor programs aimed at developing an environmental awareness and creating responsible active citizens.

During spring and fall programs studentsIMG_7918-1 have the unique opportunity to spend the day at beautiful Zephyr Cove and take a ride on The Prophet, a Lake Tahoe research vessel. While on the research boat students rotate through several different stations where they measure and chart the clarity of the lake using a Secchi disk (scientists have used Secchi disks to measure Lake Tahoe’s clarity since 1968), study zooplankton under microscopes, and discuss the role of invasive species. GBOS is proud to be able to offer this and other field trips to underserved Nevada students thanks to community support. Outdoor field trips like these expose students to new experiences, leadership opportunities, and professional role models in environmental careers which can open doors for children in need.

Great Basin Outdoor School looks forward to providing positive physical, emotional, and educational experiences for northern Nevada students each spring, fall, and winter season. If you are interested in bringing your class or may know of a school that is please visit our website at or contact us at or 775-324-0936.


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