Outdoor Education

There are countless opportunities to use and enjoy Nevada’s abundant fish and wildlife resources. Outdoor activities such as hunting, fishing and wildlife viewing are all vital parts of our heritage and provide people with many outdoor recreation experiences each year. Join our experienced educators and learn how to become a confident, competent and ethical outdoor enthusiast.

HUNTER EDUCATION

Hunter education courses are required to hunt in Nevada, but they are also a fun hands-on way to learn about hunting! In addition to hunter education courses, our instructors offer specialized shooting courses, game cooking classes and so much more.

Students who are 18 years of age and older can now complete their hunting safety certification entirely online here.

Students who are under 18 years old must attend a final Hunter Education Class to complete their hunter safety certification.

Hunter Education Course
Location:
Clark County Shooting Complex
11357 Decatur
Las Vegas, NV 89131
03-02-2024
Hunter Education Course
Location:
Panaca Elementary School
1000 Edwards Street
Panaca, NV 89042
03-02-2024
Hunter Education Course
Location:
Cabela’s
8650 Boomtown Rd
Verdi, NV 89439
03-02-2024
Hunter Education Course
Location:
Clark County Shooting Complex
11357 Decatur
Las Vegas, NV 89131
03-03-2024
Hunter Education Course
Location:
Verdi Community Library & Nature Center
270 Bridge St
Verdi, NV 89439
03-09-2024
Hunter Education Course
Location:
Storey County Fire Department Training Building
145 North C
Virginia City, NV 89440
03-09-2024
Hunter Education Course
Location:
Pioche Elementary School
651 Airport Road
Pioche, NV 89043
03-09-2024
Hunter Education Course
Location:
Blue Diamond
2018 Pioche Hwy
Ely, NV 89301
03-09-2024
Hunter Education Course
Location:
Round Mountain High School
61 Hadley Circle
Round Mountain, NV 89045
03-09-2024
Hunter Education Course
Location:
Nevada Department of Wildlife – Elko Office
60 Youth Center Rd
Elko, NV 89801
03-09-2024
Hunter Education Course
Location:
Mason Valley Hatchery
50 Hatchery Way
Yerington, NV 89447
03-09-2024
Hunter Education Course
Location:
Bass Pro Shops
8200 Dean Martin Dr.
Las Vegas, NV 89139
03-09-2024
Hunter Education Course
Location:
Nevada Department of Wildlife – Elko Office
60 Youth Center Rd
Elko, NV 89801
03-10-2024
Hunter Education Course
Location:
Fernley Intermediate School
320 US Highway 95a S
Fernley, NV 89408
03-12-2024
Hunter Education Course
Location:
Nevada Department of Wildlife – Elko Office
60 Youth Center Rd
Elko, NV 89801
03-16-2024
Hunter Education Course
Location:
Round Mountain High School
61 Hadley Circle
Round Mountain, NV 89045
03-16-2024
Hunter Education Course
Location:
Clark County Shooting Complex
11357 Decatur
Las Vegas, NV 89131
03-16-2024
Hunter Education Course
Location:
Nevada Department of Wildlife – Reno
1100 Valley rd
Reno, NV 89512
03-16-2024
Hunter Education Course
Location:
Tonopah Station
1137 Erie St.
Tonopah, NV 89049
03-16-2024
Hunter Education Course
Location:
West Wendover Branch Library
590 Camper Rd.
West Wendover, NV 89883
03-23-2024
Hunter Education Course
Location:
Clark County Shooting Complex
11357 Decatur
Las Vegas, NV 89131
03-23-2024
Hunter Education Course
Location:
Granite Hills Baptist Church
10350 Red Rock Road
Reno, NV 89508
03-23-2024
Hunter Education Course
Location:
Nevada Department of Wildlife – Fallon
380 West B St.
Fallon, NV 89406
03-23-2024
Hunter Education Course
Location:
Mason Valley Hatchery
50 Hatchery Way
Yerington, NV 89447
03-23-2024
Hunter Education Course
Location:
Nevada Department of Wildlife – Elko Office
60 Youth Center Rd
Elko, NV 89801
03-24-2024
Hunter Education Course
Location:
Nevada Department of Wildlife – Elko Office
60 Youth Center Rd
Elko, NV 89801
03-29-2024
Hunter Education Course
Location:
Nevada Department of Wildlife – Elko Office
60 Youth Center Rd
Elko, NV 89801
03-30-2024
Hunter Education Course
Location:
Nevada Department of Wildlife – Reno
1100 Valley rd
Reno, NV 89512
03-30-2024
Hunter Education Course
Location:
Douglas County Community Center
1329 Waterloo Lane
Gardnerville, NV 89410
03-30-2024
Hunter Education Course
Location:
Nevada Department of Wildlife – Elko Office
60 Youth Center Rd
Elko, NV 89801
04-05-2024
Hunter Education Course
Location:
Perdiz Shooting Range
Windfall Canyon PO Box 735
Eureka, NV 89316
04-06-2024
Hunter Education Course
Location:
Clark County Shooting Complex
11357 Decatur
Las Vegas, NV 89131
04-06-2024
Hunter Education Course
Location:
Pitchfork Ranch
206 E Walker Rd
Yerington, NV 89447
04-06-2024
Hunter Education Course
Location:
Clark County Shooting Complex
11357 Decatur
Las Vegas, NV 89131
04-07-2024
Hunter Education Course
Location:
Clark County Shooting Complex
11357 Decatur
Las Vegas, NV 89131
04-13-2024
Hunter Education Course
Location:
Bass Pro Shops
8200 Dean Martin Dr.
Las Vegas, NV 89139
04-14-2024
Hunter Education Course
Location:
Clark County Shooting Complex
11357 Decatur Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89131
04-20-2024
Hunter Education Course
Location:
Clark County Shooting Complex
11357 Decatur
Las Vegas, NV 89131
04-21-2024
Hunter Education Course
Location:
Clark County Shooting Complex
11357 Decatur
Las Vegas, NV 89131
04-27-2024
Hunter Education Course
Location:
Clark County Shooting Complex
11357 Decatur
Las Vegas, NV 89131
04-28-2024
Hunter Education Course
Location:
Clark County Shooting Complex
11357 Decatur
Las Vegas, NV 89131
05-04-2024
Hunter Education Course
Location:
Clark County Shooting Complex
11357 Decatur
Las Vegas, NV 89131
05-05-2024
Hunter Education Course
Location:
Clark County Shooting Complex
11357 Decatur
Las Vegas, NV 89131
05-11-2024

BOATING EDUCATION

Did you know that 70% of all boating fatalities occurred on boats where the operator did not receive boating safety instruction? That’s why Nevada boaters born on or after January 1, 1983 are required to complete a Nevada Department of Wildlife approved boater education course before operating a boat on Nevada’s interstate waters. It’s also why NDOW strongly recommends everyone get their boating education card before heading out on the water.

Online courses
In-Person Courses
LEARN FROM HOME

There are several options for online courses with varying levels of interactive elements and costs.

In-person classes are available through the US Coast Guard Auxiliary and the US Power Squadron.

Western Nevada Boating Education

U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary
Sierra Division 11N
North Lake Tahoe Flotilla 11-01

Reno Flotilla 11-03
Bryce Leinan
775-291-3903

Southern Nevada Boating Education

The Las Vegas Sail and Power Squadron
Squadron Education Officer
775-419-2460

Las Vegas Coast Guard Auxiliary

You can also download a PDF version of the Nevada Boating Education Handbook. When you are ready, you can take the test at the back of the book and mail it to the Nevada Department of Wildlife. Once you pass, a boater education card will be mailed to you.

FISHING EDUCATION

We may live in the driest state in the nation, but there are plenty of amazing fishing opportunities to be found in Nevada. Our fishing clinics will introduce you to various fishing techniques and all equipment needed for your next fishing outing. Clinics are open to everyone and are free, but registration is required.

Friday Flies
Location:
Nevada Department of Wildlife- Las Vegas
3373 Pepper Lane
Las Vegas, NV 89120
03-01-2024
Carp Rodeo at Pahranagat NWR
Location:
Pahranagat National Wildlife Refuge
Mile Post 32 HWY 93
Alamo, NV 89001
03-09-2024
Youth Fishing Day with Metro
Location:
Sunset Park Pond
2601 E Sunset Rd.
Las Vegas, NV 89120
03-12-2024
Cops & Bobbers
Location:
Big Bend of the Colorado State Recreation Area
4220 Needles Hwy
Laughlin, NV 89029
03-13-2024
Dia De Pesca – Las Vegas
Location:
Lorenzi Park Pond
343 W. Washington Ave
Las Vegas, NV 89107
03-14-2024
Introduction to Fly Fishing – Gardnerville
Location:
Douglas County Community Center
1329 Waterloo Ln
Gardnerville, NV 89410
03-15-2024
Ladies Introduction to Fly Fishing – Reno
Location:
Verdi Library and Nature Center
270 Bridge St
Verdi, NV 89439
03-23-2024

ARCHERY EDUCATION

An archery clinic is a great way to connect to the outdoors. Our archery clinics are for beginners just getting started as well as experienced archers looking for a refresher. Join us for a class!

Both a standard hunter education certification and a hunting license are required to bow hunt in Nevada.

Ladies Only Introduction to Archery
Location:
Washoe County Regional Archery Facility
1255 Matterhorn Blvd.
Lemon Valley, NV 89510
03-16-2024
Ladies Intro to Archery
Location:
Flag View Intermediate School
777 Country Club Dr
Elko, NV 89801
03-22-2024

WILDLIFE EDUCATION

Nevada is full of diverse wildlife just waiting to be discovered. There is much to learn about the animals that inhabit our great state, from animals found in our urban areas to those in the most remote places. Join us for a Wildlife Education Program where our educators will open the door for you to learn more about the bats, birds, snakes and lizards of Nevada and so much more. These programs are for all age and experience levels. Registration is required.

Red Rock Canyon Table Chat – Nevada’s Wildlife
Location:
Red Rock Canyon Visitor Center
1000 Scenic Loop Dr
Las Vegas, NV 89161
03-05-2024
Spring Blooms & Wildlife Walk
Location:
Pittman Wash Trailhead (Silver Springs)
Silver Springs Recreation Center 1951 Silver Springs Pkwy
Henderson, NV 89074
03-09-2024
Wildlife Discovery Walk
Location:
Pittman Wash Trailhead (Silver Springs)
Silver Springs Recreation Center 1951 Silver Springs Pkwy
Henderson, NV 89074
03-13-2024
Beginner Birding
Location:
Centennial Hills Library
6711 N Buffalo Dr
Las Vegas, NV 89131
03-14-2024
Get Lost in Nevada
Location:
Sunrise Library
5400 East Harris Ave
Las Vegas, NV 89110
04-06-2024
Living With Wildlife – Birds
Location:
Centennial Hills Library
6711 N Buffalo Dr
Las Vegas, NV 89131
04-18-2024
Living with Reptiles
Location:
Toll Brothers Inspirada Clubhouse
3190 Mantua Village Ave
Henderson, NV 89044
05-04-2024
Living With Wildlife – Reptiles
Location:
Centennial Hills Library
6711 N Buffalo Dr
Las Vegas, NV 89131
05-09-2024

NDOW

In The Classroom

Bring wildlife into your classroom with us! We have something for every grade, from Trout in the Classroom, Project WILD teacher workshops, and our award-winning Know Your Nevada Program.

BECOME A VOLUNTEER

Outdoor Instructor

Do you have a passion for wildlife and the outdoors? Do you want to share that passion with others? Our volunteer instructors do just that! Through our various programs, we rely on volunteers to help reach wider audiences and meet federal grant match requirements. Volunteer instructors are the heart and soul of our department.

To apply to be a volunteer instructor, fill out the following forms and contact the appropriate program coordinator for your location and interest:


Title VI

This program receives Federal financial assistance from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Under Title VI of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, and Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, the U.S. Department of the Interior prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, sex, or disability.

For information on how to submit a complaint or report behaviors of concern to the Title IX Coordinator at the Nevada Department of Wildlife including but not limited to: discrimination, unlawful harassment, hate and bias, retaliation, and sexual misconduct, please contact the Title IX Coordinator: Julie Bless, jbless@ndow.org or (775) 688-1408 or ADA Coordinator: Kailey Musso, knmusso@ndow.org or (775) 688-1510. Initiating contact does not constitute submitting a formal complaint under Title IX.