Outdoor Education

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. We’ve got something for everyone to connect you to your wildlife.

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 11 years of age and older can now complete their hunting safety certification entirely online here.

Students who are under 11 years old must attend a Final Hunter Education Class to complete their hunter safety certification.

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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.

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
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Reno Flotilla 11-03
John Boyne
775 747-5658
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South Lake Tahoe Flotilla 11-04
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Southern Nevada Boating Education

The Las Vegas Sail and Power Squadron
Squadron Education Officer
775-419-2460
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Las Vegas Coast Guard Auxiliary
702-247-6150
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In-person classes are available through the US Coast Guard Auxiliary and the US Power Squadron.

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 get you set up to fly-fish, master your cast and what equipment you will need for your next fishing outing. Clinics are open to everyone and are free, registration is required.
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Archery Education

An archery clinic is a great way to connect to the outdoors. Our archery clinics are for beginners just getting started out as well as experienced archers looking for a refresher. Join us for a class! There are no specialty licenses required to bowhunt in Nevada, but a standard hunter education certification is still required.
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Wildlife Education

Nevada is full of diverse wildlife just waiting to be discovered. There is much to learn about the plants and animals that inhabit our great state, from the animals in our urban areas to those in our wilderness areas. 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.
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Please check back for more. In the meantime head to our YouTube channel here and explore our many fishing videos!

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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:

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