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Fly Ranch is a 3,800 acre ranch home to Fly Geyser. The land is covered with hot and cold springs, wetlands, animals, and more than 100 types of plants. Since 2017 we’ve had 30+ open campouts and 300+ nature walks. Our focus has been to steward the land; be a space for healing, growth, connection, and transformation; and be regenerative. On this page you can find more than 100 pictures and links to project documents, videos, maps, and ways to get involved. We host nature walks a few times a month if you’d like to visit.

Fly Ranch Design Challenge

We need sustainable infrastructure to gather if we want to be good land stewards. To address this need the Land Art Generator Initiative designed a Fly Ranch sustainability design challenge. We aim to create a dozen or more projects focused on food, power, water, shelter, and waste.

Fly Ranch Gatherings

Like the writing retreat hosted at Fly Ranch, most gatherings have been planned and executed by people in the community with a vision. Most weekends have focused on sustainability, community, STEM + art, Burning Man’s 10 Principles, and the land. Learn about our programs on this page.


Hi there, thanks for your interest in Fly Ranch. This site has over 100 links to videos, maps, discussions, and project documents. There are twelve sections:

  • Section one. Greeters Station: Welcome to the Land.
  • Section two. Featured Project: Land Art Generator Initiative 2020.
  • Section three. The Land
  • Section four. Infrastructure Experiments
  • Section five. Sustainability Plans
  • Section six. Operations
  • Section seven. Local Programs
  • Section eight. Gatherings
  • Section nine. Participate.
  • Section ten. Stay Connected.
  • Section eleven. Media.
  • Section twelve. People & Photo Acknowledgements.

Drop us a line if you have questions or want to say hi ❀️

1. Greeters Station: Welcome to the Land

Survival Guide

ℹ️ What to know if you’re visiting

Fly Ranch Virtual Tour

Get a sense of the land & place

Land acknowledgement

Numu land history (Northern Paiute)

2. Featured Project: Land Art Generator Initiative 2020

Facebook Live LAGI Q & A

Burning Man, LAGI, & Fly teams

LAGI Design Guidelines

Site use map & criteria

LAGI Jurors

Meet our 32 LAGI jurors

3. The Land: Ecology Overview

Fly Ranch Species List

🦊 🌿 🐟 🐦 πŸ›

Sounds of Fly Ranch

πŸ¦— 🐸 🐎 🐦

The Touch of Fly Ranch

Observations from the field

3.1 The Land: Water

Water is Life

How we relate to water

Cyanobacteria in springs

Microbial β€˜Dark Matter’

Geothermal Considerations

🌑 at 195.4Β°F πŸ’¦

3.2 The Land: Non-native species

Relationship & Perspective

How we approach πŸ‘½ species

A brief history

How non-native species arrived

Non-native species plan

Maps, timelines, and approach

3.3 The Land: Nature Videos

Geyser Geothermal Image

πŸŒ‹ heat patterns

Fly Ranch Aquatic Life

Video of hot springs & 🐟 friends

Nature Walk with Scirpus

Those 🐾 are a mountain lion ☝️

3.4 The Land: Climate & Weather Data

Daily Light Data

Yearly readings in two places

Weather Data

Yearly readings in three places

Windrose graph

Yearly πŸ’¨ in two places

3.5 The Land: Interactive Maps

Fly Ranch Artifacts

What we’ve found

Property Boundaries

Fly Ranch property map

Fly Ranch Species Map

Interactive species map

3.6 The Land: Species Highlights

Ranch perspectives

The 150 πŸ„ that live here

Wild Horses

Around 19 🐎 live here


Meet our nocturnal neighbors

3.7 The Land: Species Highlights

Mountain Lion

We only have one πŸ“·


Second fastest land animal 🌎

Golden Eagle


4. Infrastructure Experiments: Art

Baba Yaga's House

The Cauldron

The Pier

Matt Schultz & The Pier Group

The Narwhal

Pepe Ozan

The Bone Arch

Michael Christian

The Bone Tree

Dana Albany

The Labyrinth

Crimson Rose & Will Roger

4.1 Infrastructure Experiments: Mobile Use

VOLTstack batteries

Our friends at Portable Electric

Biofiltration Systems

Our friends at Ecozoic Resources

Russian Banya Project

Our friends from Art of Steam

4.2 Infrastructure Experiments: Solar

Mobile Solar Trailers

Renewable infrastructure

Solar Trailers

Our friends at rent.solar

BWB Array

BWB ❀️ β˜€οΈ

5. Sustainability Plans: Fly Ranch Projects

Cottonwood project

A plan for 🌳

Fly Ranch Public Benefit

How we think about public benefit

Water at Burning Man

Burning Man & Fly Ranch πŸ’§ use

5.1Β  Sustainability Plans: Burning Man 2030 Goals

Can we grow food?

Fly Ranch farms proposal

Carbon Capture Projects

Burning Man 2030 sustainability goals

Scaled infrastructure

β˜€οΈ πŸ’¨Β  ♻️ 🌊

6. Operations: Overview

Decision Making

How we work

Zoning & permitted use

General Rural in High Desert Area

Fly Ranch Budget

Learn about our financials

6.1 Operations: Technology Perspectives

Operational overview

πŸ“ˆ about Fly Ranch

Technology Roadmap

Our tech hopes & dreams

Blockchain Applications

An experimental proposal

7. Local Programs

Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe

Museum & Visitor Center walks

Friends of Black Rock

Our πŸšΆπŸ½β€β™‚οΈπŸšΆπŸ½β€β™€οΈ partners in Gerlach

Bruno's Locals Discussions

LAGI lunch series

7.1 Local Programs: Youth Programs

Boy Scout Troop 512

⚜️ field trip

WashU Urban Design

A LAGI field trip

Gerlach K-12 School

Young scientists and stewards

7.2 Local Programs: Black Rock City

Panels at BWB

Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

The Playa Provides

Black Rock City panel & walk

Burning Man Snatch Walks

A surprise 🚌 to Fly

8. Gatherings: Restorations

Landfill Excavation

Landfill mining & reclamation

BWB Restoration Weekend

BWB clean-up weekend

BWB Bridge Building

Built with ♻️ materials

8.1 Gatherings: Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, & Mathematics

STEAM Weekend

Science, Tech, Engineering, Art, & Math

Energy Gathering

Environmental Defense Fund

Geophysics Spring Break

University of Nevada, Reno

8.2 Gatherings: Partnerships

Milk + Honey Solar Array

Our first β˜€οΈ experiment

Ecosystem Restoration

Awful’s Gas & Snack, PLPT, & BWB

Friends of Black Rock

Fierce Fairytales & Folksy Science

8.3 Gatherings: Build Week

Banya Build

Steam on the land

Pier Build

Our first art installation

Baba Yaga Build

πŸ§™πŸ½β€β™‚οΈ House

8.4 Gatherings: Teaching & Learning

Leadership Training

Burning Man volunteerism training

Profiles In Dust

πŸŽ₯ training

Leave No Trace Training

Earth Guardians & Friends training

8.5 Gatherings: Skills & Training

Table & Bench Build

Recycled & reclaimed wood use

Wilderness First Aid

For nature walk guides

Banya Steam Master

Banya use tutorial

8.6 Gatherings: Summits

BWB Fall Summit

Burners Without Borders EcoSprints

BWB Spring Summit

Burners Without Borders Sustainability

Spring Expeditions

Prototype gatherings & research

9. Participate

Become a Geyser Guardian

Come steward the land 🀠

Submit a proposal

Build your own project

Become a Walk Guide

Help others explore Fly Ranch

10. Stay Connected

Join our email list

Stay informed about events

Join Our Facebook Group

A few thousand people have

Follow us on Instagram

For more πŸ“·

11. Media: Historical Perspectives

Fly Ranch Founding Donors

Fly Ranch purchase history


The Darkest Skies In America

Burning Man in 1997

ABC Nightline at Fly Ranch )*(

11.1 Media: Recent Perspectives


The Rural Incubator of Fly Ranch

KUNR: Fly Geysers Opens

For First Time In Two Decades

College of Science, UNR

Mineral Monday: Field Trip to Fly Ranch

11.2 Media: Fly Ranch Content

Community Meetup

Data Science for Sustainability

2020 Burning Man

The man at Fly Ranch

Can We Live Off The Land?

Community Discussion at Manny’s

11.3 Media: Sustainability Discussions

Burning Man Live

Zac on LAGI & Fly Programs

Green Theme Camp Summit

Join LAGI, BWB, & theme camps

Carbon Capture Projects

Pyramid Lake High School class

12. People: Fly Ranch Team

Joe Childs (Land Steward), Lisa Schile-Beers (Land Steward), Matt Sundquist (Director), Zac Cirivello (Operations Manager)

12.1 Photo Credits

Steve Tietze (header image), Section 1. Lisa Schile-Beers (LSB), Steve Tietze, LSB 2.Β  LSB, LAGI, LSB 3. Tanner Boeger, LSB, LSB 3.1 LSB, Dr. Scott D. Hamilton-Brehm, LSB 3.2 Will Roger, LSB, LSB 3.3 Rina Schumer, Joe Childs, LSB 3.4 LSB, Lisa Nash, Matt Sundquist 3.5 LSB, LSB, Thomas Takano 3.6 LSB, LSB, Fly Ranch Critter Cam (LSB) 3.7 Critter Cam, LSB, LSBΒ  Β 4. Luc Asbury, @ckanani, John Curley, Christopher Breedlove, Joe Childs, Will Roger 4.1 Zac Cirivello, Joe Childs, Vadim Osipov 4.2 Joe Childs, rent.solar, Christopher Breedlove 5. LSB, LSB, LSB 5.1 LSB, LSB, Zac Cirivello 6. LSB, LSB, LSB 6.1 Gordon Ching, LSB, Zac Cirivello 7. LSB, Joe Childs, LAGI 7.1 Joe Childs, @washu.urbandesign, FBRHRΒ 7.2 Burning Man Doc Team, @ZenSalad (Reddit), Zac Cirivello 8. Zac Cirivello, Zac Cirivello, Zac Cirivello 8.1 Judge Jessica Imus, EDF, LSB 8.2 Matt Forkin, Christopher Breedlove, Joe Childs 8.3 Vadim Osipov, Zac Cirivello, @babayagasbookclub 8.4 Nicole Rodney, Profiles in Dust, FBRHR 8.5 Zac Cirivello, FBRHR, @kristizen 8.6 Carmen Mauk, Carmen Mauk, Nicole Rodney 9. Zac Cirivello, LSB, LSB 10. LSB, Fly Ranch Critter Cam, LSB 11. Fly Ranch Critter Cam, @rylander_west & @paulheran, ABC Nightline 11.1 LSB, Fly Ranch Critter Cam, LSB 11.2 LSB, Burning Man Doc Team, LSB, 11.3 Burning Man Live, Christopher Breedlove, Project Drawdown (Neil Ever Osborne).