The Outside Las Vegas Foundation (OLVF) enriches the community through open space and trail experiences.
The Outside Las Vegas Foundation works in 3 program areas: Education, Volunteerism, and Outreach. Education programs connect the public to parks and public lands through field experiences, presentations, interpretive media, and service projects. Volunteer programs include opportunities on urban trails and in urban parks to those in rural and federal landscapes. Outreach and coordination includes large planning efforts such as the Vegas Valley Rim Trail (a 100+ mile trail that will one day encircle the Las Vegas Valley). OLVF has produced a regional trails map for the "Neon to Nature" trails system and serves as a hub for regional trail information.
Programs and Projects:
Education: The OLVF Education Program provides a context for recreation and volunteerism in Southern Nevada. It brings outdoor experiences and education to youth and adults. Specific outreach includes less-advantaged communities with limited access to outdoor experiences. Our education & youth programs involve both in-class and after-school program curriculum, and actively connecting young people through educational outings to their urban, local parks and to the spectacular resources that encircle the Las Vegas Valley. Field trips strengthen educational outcomes by providing outdoor classroom experiences that bring to life principles of science, history and culture. Youth participants have fun while they learn about and build connections to our special outdoor places. In many cases, youth trips involve a service component. Since 2012 OLVF has connected over 5000 children with bus transportation by distributing grants across a wide array of partner organizations. In addition, OLVF now provides staffing assistance for enriched programing.
Volunteerism: The Outside Las Vegas Foundation works with jurisdictions and agencies throughout Southern Nevada to improve community connections to outdoor experiences in the region. Parks and trails invite our residents and visitors out to experience nature and to connect with our community. These connections exist in the urban, suburban and rural areas of Southern Nevada. OLVF has established programs to strengthen these connections, and to engage the community in caring for these places.
The Adopt-A-Trail program was launched in 2011 in partnership with the City of Las Vegas and has become a signature OLVF program. Cleanup events involve a broad spectrum of groups ranging from local churches to school groups and corporate participants. In 2011, roughly 1200 volunteer hours were generated. Since that time, the program has generated 2,000 to 2,500 hours per year and is on track to hit 10000 hours in 2015 in the City of Las Vegas area alone. With the expansion of the program to include Clark County and City of North Las Vegas, OLVF is poised to substantially increase community involvement in our trails systems.
OLVF manages the Get Outdoors Nevada portal for volunteer events and registration at www.getoutdoorsnevada.org.
Outreach Programs: The Las Vegas Valley’s jurisdictions and land managers have all taken active roles in linking trails and creating a regional trail system. Regional trails include a trail that encircles the 215 Beltway, the River Mountain Loop trail that extends through two cities and Lake Mead National Recreation Area, and the Las Vegas Wash Trail that travels 35 miles through 3 jurisdictions. These trails have paved the way for an even larger regional trail: the Vegas Valley Rim Trail. For all of these trails and for our parks and open space – existing, new and future – the key will be to help the public to find, enjoy and care for these special resources.
Vegas Valley Rim Trail
OLVF spearheads the development of the Vegas Valley Rim Trail, a 100+ mile loop that will link the jewels of our Valley and create an unparalleled outdoor experience for residents and visitors. OLVF is coordinating and facilitating the progress of the Vegas Valley Rim Trail, which will literally and figuratively connect our communities and our special outdoor places.
Connecting the Public Through Better Information
OLVF is working with partners in the SNRPC’s Regional Open Space & Trails Workgroup to develop improved mapping and trails resources in print, as well as online resources. OLVF worked with our partners to develop the first regional trails map that brings together all trail types in all of the Las Vegas Valley jurisdictions. OLVF is working to continually improve information for residents and visitors alike.
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