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Become a Friend of Red Rock Canyon

In 1984 a group of enthusiastic people formed Friends of Red Rock Canyon. The original mission was to provide volunteers for Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area.

Friends of Red Rock Canyon, Las Vegas, Nevada, has since expanded our mission to provide not only critically needed volunteer assistance, but substantial financial support for education and environmental programs. During the past fiscal year Friends members donated over 21,000 volunteer hours and over $100,000 in direct support.

Volunteering at Red Rock Canyon

Have you ever wondered how you could help preserve, protect or enhance one of your favorite recreational places? Volunteer!

Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area has close to 200,000 acres of climbing routes, hiking, cycling and equestrian trails, a beautiful Visitor Center and some amazing Rock Stars – the resident desert tortoise. There are also almost 2,000,000 visitors using the area each year so Red Rock can use all the help it can get! What are you interested in doing or learning more about? Red Rock has many opportunities for you to try ranging from volunteering at the Information Desk to working on trails and removing graffiti. Listed below are some positions that might interest you.

• Information Desk – There are about 500,000 people coming into the Visitor Center annually. The information desk is typically staffed by two people during each morning and afternoon shift. During peak visitation periods, the need for friendly faces dispensing information increases.

• Tortoise Habitat Volunteers – The best job at the Rock involves helping with the care and feeding of the ten resident desert tortoises. The eight females live in one large habitat and the two males each have a separate habitat. Volunteers also interact with Red Rock guests and will likely develop a strong bond with at least one of the Rock Stars.

• Want something a little more active? How about trash collection, maintaining and improving the trees and native plants, helping to increase the monarch population, repairing trails, documenting and preserving our Native American cultural sites, helping on community volunteer days and removing graffiti.

You can apply for these volunteer opportunities by going to www.volunteer.gov and searching for Red Rock Canyon. BLM Staff will be in touch with you once an application has been submitted. 

A few of the benefits of volunteering:

Friends of Red Rock Canyon also provide appreciation awards, such as an annual banquet, nametags and Friends wearables based upon their volunteer hours.

The Bureau of Land Management provides free annual passes to volunteers based on their hours of service.

See more below

Scheduling and Posting Volunteer Hours

Volunteers who are set up in Volgistics have access to the Volunteer Information Center (VIC) where they can schedule volunteer days and post their volunteer hours. If you are a registered volunteer you may use the link below to access your VIC account.

Volunteer Information Center

If you are not registered in Volgistics and would like to be, please email volunteer@friendsofredrockcanyon.org.

Volunteer Hours Reporting

These are just some of the areas where you should report or log your time donated to benefit Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area.

  • Friends meetings such as attending our quarterly breakfasts, board meetings or committee meetings.
  • Trash collection or trail monitoring – did you know that keeping the Canyon clean on a hike counts as volunteer service?
  • Special volunteer work events such as National Public Lands Day, Red Rock Day or Make a Difference Day.
  • Any time you contribute to areas such as:
    • Tortoise Habitat care and information
    • Working at the Information Desk
    • Assisting with school programs
    • Helping to maintain the trails
    • Recruiting members
    • Serving on the Board of Directors and Friends committees
    • Reporting trail damage, graffiti or suspicious activities within the Canyon
  • Travel time to and from Red Rock Canyon and other volunteer locations. While the BLM Tort Claims volunteer insurance starts when you are at your volunteer position, your travel time is considered part of your volunteer contributions.

Your donated contributions are so valuable and necessary for the successful operations of Red Rock Canyon.

The Bureau of Land Management is continually facing budget and hiring restrictions. Each fiscal year, Friends volunteers add the equivalent of 10 to 11 full time employees working for the Rock.

Please contact us at volunteer@friendsofredrockcanyon.org if you have any questions about your volunteer service.



Stay tuned for upcoming training schedules. 

Benefits of being a member of Friends of Red Rock Canyon:

  1. Monthly e-newsletters and our magazine, the Rock , to update members on news, programs, merchandise sales, and announcements.
  2. A 25% discount on regularly priced merchandise purchased at Elements, the Southern Nevada Conservancy Gift Store.
  3. A 25% discount on all purchases made from the Friends Red Web store. 
  4. Receive free shipping/handling on purchases totaling $25.00 or more and being sent to one U. S. continental address. For orders less than $25.00, there is a $5.00 shipping/handling fee. See Friends’ merchandise by clicking on “Store” in this website.
  5. Invitations to special members-only events.
  6. Members volunteering more than 40 hours each fiscal year are eligible for complimentary invitations to the Annual Volunteer Appreciation event. They will also receive recognition rewards from Friends of Red Rock Canyon as well as Annual or America the Beautiful passes from the Bureau of Land Management.
  7. Discounted entry fee of 20% for members who submit photographs for the Annual Red Rock Canyon Photo Contest.
  8. Opportunities for training classes such as First Aid and CPR at no cost.
  9. The satisfaction of knowing you are a participant in addressing the challenges facing Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area

Your tax-deductible donations enable FORRC to fund projects & services benefiting Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area.

The BLM and Friends of Red Rock are proud to offer a special opportunity to place a natural sandstone tile in our Dedication Walkway.

This striking plate is now available at any DMV office for all those who wish to support Red Rock Canyon.

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