Black Rock Rendezvous

Online Event: May 25-29, 2020

We know you’d rather be camping out on the playa, and we would too. Since that’s not an option just yet, we’ve been cooking up the next best thing.

Join us May 25 – 29, for online presentations, virtual activities, exploring, sing a longs and campfire fun!

Get set for early evening programming throughout the week. Grab some dinner, gather the kids, housemates, and settle in for some online educational fun. 

  • Black Rock Ecology. Fairy Shrimp, Desert Dace, and the Mammoth!
  • Leave No Trace (LNT) Workshop. What to know about desert camping.
  • Tread Lightly Workshop. OHV use in the Black Rock Desert is up as it’s a great place to recreate! Did you know the dos and don’ts for OHVs in this area? You should!
  • Rocketry. Learn about Rocketry from experts through videos and more.
  • Desert Songs and Sing-a-Longs with Elizabeth Cadigan – get out your ukelele! Liz will be with us all week with a special Campfire Songs & Open-Mic night on Friday.
  • And much more!


Events will be announced as they become available. Watch this page and social media for Zoom links. Live events will be recorded and available here.

Monday, May 25th

Welcome and Introductions

Meet the organizations hosting the Black Rock Rendezvous 2020, learn about the first “virtual” Rendezvous, ask questions, and say hello!

Batty about Bats!

Join scientist and author, Rachael Freeman Long, for a conversation about Bats of the Black Rock Desert. Afterward, she’ll be doing a reading from her children’s book “The Black Rock Trilogy: Gold Fever.”

Tuesday, May 26th

Leave-No-Trace Workshop

Join the Leave No Trace Teams to learn about the Leave No Trace Center, our latest research and educational resources, and ask any burning questions you’ve always had.

*No recording available

Missed it? Check out the LNT website anyways:

Children’s Learning and Playtime!

Join the outdoor educators from Nevada Outdoor School and songwriter Elizabeth Cadigan for songs, videos, and arts & crafts!

Coloring Pages and Instructions

Bighorn Sheep Return to Tribal Land

The Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe successfully reintroduced California bighorn sheep to the Lake Range January 2020.

Wednesday, May 27th

Launching Rockets on the Playa

Presented by AeroPAC – learn about launching high-powered rockets on the playa

*Recorded Video coming soon*

Backyard Birds with Great Basin Bird Observatory

We will be discussing backyard birds including common species, essential birding resources and materials, and natural history! We will also discuss natural history focusing on breeding bird behavior.

Astronomy Night! with the Fleischmann Planetarium

Cook up a comet — and explore how to see an actual one this month! — as well as other cool night sky objects — with team members from the Fleischmann Planetarium and Science Center!

Thursday, May 28th

Tread Lightly! Workshop

Ever wonder what Tread Lightly! was all about? Do your part in preventing trail closures, recreate responsibly, and give back to the outdoor community. Join Nevada Outdoor School for this 1 hour workshop. Black Rock specific tips!

Billion Year History of the Black Rock Desert

Cathy Busby is Professor of Geology Emerita and Research Scientist at UC Davis. Tune in for her quick tour of the geology of the Black Rock Desert!

Fly Ranch Nature Walk

Dr. Lisa Schile-Beers, and Erika Wesnousky, lead a virtual tour around Fly Ranch, exploring the stunning 3,800 acre property and give participants a virtual experience with the vast and dynamic environment.

Friday, May 29th

Black Rock Photography Panel

Join us for a conversation about photography, place, and capturing such a unique landscape

Panel Participants:

  • Kurt Kuznicki
  • Jeff Lock
  • Megan Berner
  • Jack Hulbert
  • Charlie Kessner
*Recorded Content Coming Soon

Campfire Songs, Open Mic, and Dutch Oven Cook-Off

+ Closing Ceremonies

Hosted by songwriter Elizabeth Cadigan. Watch dutch oven chefs in action! Seasoned veterans battling up-and-coming dutch oven stars. It’s so exciting, you can almost taste the meals…almost.

*Recorded Content Coming Soon