Empowering our youth to explore, achieve, & expand horizons through hands-on discovery in the outdoor classroom

What We Do

We immerse students in multi-day overnight science camps and day field studies in spectacular natural settings on the shore of Lake Tahoe and other local sites. 

Students hike, snowshoe, learn local ecology, and more with hands-on, standards-based activities, and volunteer on conservation projects. 

Lessons build healthy habits, social and academic skills, and a connection to the community and the natural world.  Teachers receive STEM training and professional development credit.

Great Basin Outdoor School operates exclusively in Nevada and has served thousands of children and adults as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit since 1998.

Children in need are included thanks to generous community support.

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Join our Team!

Apply to be a Seasonal Winter Naturalist today and spend your winter educating students via a hands-on, experiential, inquiry-based program in snowshoeing, winter ecology, winter safety, snow science, and astronomy in the Reno-Tahoe area! Send a cover letter, resume, and phone numbers and emails of three professional references to education@greatbasin-os.org to apply.

Upcoming events!

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December 27-30,


For Winter and Spring


Snowshoe Trips

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Education for all seasons

Teachers bring classes in winter, spring, and fall, & parents bring children to school break day camps. Teachers learn too!




Help low-income children in our area

All children need outdoor experiences regardless of their income.  Share your values for children, education, and the earth.  There are so many ways to help


Youth Development

Your child will learn, achieve, and make new friends in safe, fun, well-supervised programs. See more, go walking with our local field guide & get fun at-home activities.


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Make a difference in childrens' lives by donating your time, and have a fun and rewarding experience in the process!

See our volunteer opportunities from the link below and contact us if you are interested!


Purchase our original Great Basin Outdoor School local field guide!

These are colorful, kid-friendly, water-resistant, lightweight identification guide to over 100 local species. The profit will go towards providing local youth with Great Basin Outdoor School's empowering outdoor education.