Experiencing the land and getting involved.
In the coming months and years (because honestly, projects of this magnitude take time), there will be many opportunities to participate in visioning the future of Fly Ranch. We will need a wide range of time, energy, expertise, and ideas.
We’ve had almost 3,000 people sign up to get involved through our participation page. Starting in Fall 2017, we would like to start offering experiential nature walks to introduce people to the land, and will soon have a website ready for scheduling visits.
In the coming months and years (because honestly, projects of this magnitude take time), there will be many opportunities to participate in visioning the future of Fly Ranch. We will need a wide range of energies, expertise, and ideas. Of course, this project will also need financial support to realize and explore new ideas, if you feel inspired to contribute to Fly Ranch, you can always donate to the project.
This project will unfold over a long timeline, but to give you a sense of what we’re working on these days, you can read the Fly Ranch Roadmap. As of April 2018, we’ve had almost 3,400 people sign up to volunteer for the project through our newsletter. You can see a breakdown of their areas of interest here:
Some of these groups, like Outreach & Communications we’re going to be able to reach out to in the earlier phases of the project. Others, like Gatherings & Events, will come later. If you want to raise your hand (yay, do-ocracy!) to be involved in visioning the the future of Fly Ranch, or want to offer support now, go ahead and sign up for the Fly Ranch newsletter.
Black Rock City provides ample space but a shortage of time. Fly Ranch is a smaller space, but with potential year-round access. It offers us the gift of time. Eventually, we’ll be able to create more opportunities for experiences spread out throughout the year.
For now, the local conservation group Friends of Black Rock-High Rock is organizing a series of Nature Walks on the property. These 3-hour, device-free adventures are a participatory, immersive, and land-connected experience and not a tourist trip for a photo op of the geyser. How we introduce the land sets an important precedent for how people think of and interact with the land. If you would like to join a Nature Walk, you can head on over to the reservations page. As the program is worked out, glitches are fixed, and docents are trained, we can start on future projects such as group trips, overnight stays, and camping.
Currently, the Nature Walks are the only way to visit Fly Ranch, and reservations are required. Fly Ranch is not available for drop-in public access and trespassing will not be tolerated. Seriously.
Our intention is make the property increasingly accessible to the public in the future in an ongoing and sustainable way. Creating legitimate opportunities for people to explore will help cut down on trespassing and give people the chance to experience the land in the appropriate context.
Make sure to sign up for the Fly Ranch newsletter below to learn about more opportunities to visit in the future.
Like Black Rock City, Fly Ranch will be a collaborative endeavor requiring a vast array of skills, ideas, and contributions and community participation will be essential. You want to get involved? Great! To express your interest and hear about next steps as soon as we’re ready to take them, fill out the form below.