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Go Blue this Earth Day with Local Activities for the Whole Family

Photo courtesy of Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort, Spa and Casino

Lake Tahoe is the largest alpine lake in North America. It’s 72 miles of shoreline sit at the heart of a diverse ecosystem that houses protected and endangered species and gives life to an abundance of plant and wildlife. This “crown jewel of the Sierra” is a natural treasure, and each Earth Day it serves as a gathering place for locals and visitors alike to come together and celebrate its gifts and learn ways to protect our planet, locally and beyond.

There are many ways to celebrate, explore, learn and help in a hands-on way this Earth Day and throughout the spring. Here are just a few:

Photo courtesy of Matt Palmer

Celebrate: Tahoe-Truckee Earth Day Celebration

April 22, 2017 | 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

The Village at Squaw Valley

A full day of interactive events and presentations including a film festival highlighting the topic of climate change, dancers, an eco-pavilion of Earth-friendly vendors, demonstrations for kids from the Nevada Discovery Museum and more. The Tahoe-Truckee Earth Day Celebration will also serve as a local rallying point for the nationwide action March for Science, so bring your best knit brain cap and show your support for the scientific community that is working hard to shed non-partisan light on the issues that face the planet. Admission is free.

 

Explore: Tahoe Science Center in the Tahoe Center for Environmental Sciences

Open weekly, Tuesday – Friday, 1 – 5 p.m., with special appointments available

UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center, Incline Village

Go deep on the history and geology of Lake Tahoe at the Tahoe Center for Environmental Sciences, run by UC Davis. Learn about Lake Tahoe’s environmental issues, what research is being done for the health of the lake and its ecosystem, and experience a 15-minute, 3-D movie, “Lake Tahoe in Depth”. The science center is recommended for adults and families with children ages 8 and up. Admission is free.

Photo courtesy of UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center

Learn: “Global Climate Change: How much can we rely on the natural world to fix our problem?”

April 20, 2017 | No-host happy hour at 5:30 p.m. and public presentation at 6

UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center, Incline Village

Did you know that some of UC Davis’ top environmental scientists also call North Lake Tahoe home? Through the UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center, scientists research the water quality, physical processes and ecology of Lake Tahoe and its watershed, and also extrapolate those findings to benefit the health of water systems around the world. Join Dr. Ben Houlton, director of the John Muir Institute of the Environment at UC Davis, for a special lecture discussing the larger issue of climate change and how global policies impact the sustainability of natural carbon dioxide uptake. Registration is $5.

 

Help: Snapshot Day on the Middle Truckee River

Saturday, May 20, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Join with Keep Tahoe Blue, the Truckee River Watershed Council and other local organizations to capture information about the health of the Lake Tahoe and Truckee River watershed. Free to attend, and all ages and experience levels are welcome for this fun, educational and hands-on experience. Please leave furry helpers at home. Locations and details at tahoetruckeesnapshotday.org.

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